Posted Sunday, December 8, 2013 --- 6:48 a.m.
One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and another person was rescued from a second floor balcony after an apartment fire overnight in Madison.
According to the Madison Fire Department, the fire started around midnight Sunday on the 3200 block of Ridgeway Avenue. As firefighters entered the apartment they encountered heavy black smoke. They quickly located the occupant of the apartment and took him outside. Paramedics transported him to University Hospital, according to a release.
A woman was yelling for help on the balcony and crews raised a ladder to rescue her.
According to the City of Madison Fire Department, they were called to the six unit building after reports of smoke on the first floor. The fire caused about $20,000 in damages.
A smoke alarm was located in the apartment, but it is unknown if it functioned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Madison Fire Department wants to make sure your home is safe for you and your family by following these safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in each bedroom, and outside each bedroom.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• Make an escape plan and have a fire drill to practice your plan.
• When the alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
• After you have escaped, call 9-1-1 from a safe place.
• Never go back inside the building for any reason.