UPDATE: Apartment Fire Displaces 11 People; Shelter Open

UPDATED Wednesday, September 12, 2012 --- 9:05 a.m.

Press Release:

Madison, WI, September 12, 2012 — The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Memorial High School to provide temporary lodging for residents displaced by the 4-unit apartment fire on Leland Drive late last night.

The Red Cross will offer shelter and food for the displaced individuals until they can return home.

Please remember that all assistance provided by the American Red Cross is free to those affected by disasters and is funded entirely by donations.


Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 -- 4:00 a.m.

From the Madison Fire Department:

Eleven people are being assisted by the Red Cross following a fire at their apartment building. City of Madison firefighters were called the a fire at 2005 Leland Drive at 11:14 p.m. Tuesday.

When firefighters arrived, they observed heavy fire at a rear corner of the building.

Engine Company 7 launched an aggressive fire attack, achieving knockdown within 10 minutes of their arrival.

Crews conducted a search of the building, but found no one left inside. All eleven occupants were able to evacuate on their own.

Firefighters faced thick black smoke on the second floor of the 4-unit building, with fire in a back bedroom. Fire also extended into the attic, requiring additional operations and overhaul.

Fire damage to one of the second-floor apartments was extensive.

There was heavy smoke damage throughout the second floor.

Damage to apartments on the first floor was minimal, but the building was without electrical power or water as a result of the fire.

There were no injuries to any of the occupants. Damages to the building and contents are estimated at $150,000.

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