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UPDATE: University Ave apt fire injures 3, displaces residents

UPDATE: Sunday, November 10, 2013 --- 6:54 a.m.

According to a release, three people, two of them firefighters, were transported to UW Hospital overnight following a 2-alarm fire at 2302 University Avenue just before midnight Saturday.

The Madison Fire Department, upon arrival, saw smoke billowing from the eastern-most section of a 3-story apartment building, and immediately called for a second alarm.

Officials say dozens of people were evacuating. According to the Dane County dispatch, there were reports of at least one person trapped inside.

As crews assessed the scene, they observed two people on the third floor who were unable to escape through the smoke and fire on the first and second floors.

According to a release, ladder 1 put up a portable ladder through the smoke and rescued the two from a third-floor window, as Engine 9 kept a stream of water on the fire below.

An occupant on the first floor was just making his way to the front door, and was met by firefighters who assisted him in getting to an ambulance. He was transported to UW Hospital. Two firefighters were injured during firefighting operations and also transported to UW where they were treated and released.

With the number of occupants exhibiting some signs of smoke inhalation, paramedics set up a medical triage to assess possible injuries, but no other occupants required transport.

Officials say the fire was knocked down at 12:05 a.m. Sunday. Residents from two of the building sections were allowed back into their apartments.

The property managers established a fire watch overnight until the building’s alarm system can be reset. Residents of the third section, where the fire is believed to have started, were allowed to retrieve some of their belongings, but will not be able to live in that section for the foreseeable future.Many of the occupants of the building are UW students.

Occupants also received assistance from the American Red Cross – Badger Chapter.

Fire investigators are currently working scene to determine the cause of the fire. Damage estimates are still being calculated.

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Posted Sunday, November 10, 2013 --- 2:23 a.m.

According to the Madison Fire Department, one person is now in the hospital and two Madison firefighters have been injured after an apartment fire on University Avenue.

After a fire at the Casa Blanca apartments on the 2300 block of University Ave. just before midnight, thirty-five people are now displaced.

Madison Fire Department officials say the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross has been called to help displaced residents.


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