Neighbors say man killed in Sherman Terrace fire was very personable

Published: Feb. 19, 2017 at 7:43 AM CST
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UPDATE (WMTV) --- It's been nothing but clean up efforts for residents at Sherman Terrace Condominiums.

One of the residents says that the man who died, 58-year-old Sydney Nowland, was one of those residents who knew everyone in the area.

"Everybody knew Sydney, like he knows everybody," Ian Bloczynski, his next-door neighbor explains. "Everybody knows him."

An outpouring of support for what neighbors call a very personable man.

"[Sunday and Monday], I've been watching people roll by on their bikes, pass by in their cars, pull in and out of the lot and just stop, and they're all tears in their eyes or just shocked," Bloczynski says.

Although the fire was contained to that one unit, Bloczynski's family says it could've been any one of them.

"My wife [Monday] morning has been thinking, that could've been us and, she's right, it could've been us, or if the people upstairs hadn't woken up and called, that could've been a lot more damage to everybody here," he explains.

But now, he says, it's time to pick up the pieces and clean up the mess this fire has caused.


UPDATE (WMTV) - An unattended candle is to blame for a deadly apartment fire on Sunday in Madison.

The fire happened around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday at condominiums located at 6 Sherman Terrace. There was no evacuations or alarms going off when crews arrived at the scene.

A man, later identified as 58-year-old Sidney M. Nowland, was found inside a condo where the fire occurred. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The Dane County Medical Examiner says Nowland died from injuries sustained in the fire.

The Madison Fire Department's Fire Investigation Division says the fire was accidental and caused by an unattended candle in the master bedroom.

The Madison Fire Department estimates damage to the unit is approximately $20,000.

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UPDATE: MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – One person is dead following a condo fire.

The Madison Fire Department says they responded the incident on Sherman Terrace at around 4:45 Sunday morning. There was no evacuations or alarms going off when crews arrived at the scene but they did find a fire in one of the units. Crews had the fire under control within half an hour.

A person found inside the condo was taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The fire is still under investigation.

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MADISON, Wis (WMTV) -- One person has been taken to the hospital with burn injuries after a fire on Madison's north side.

The fire happened in an apartment complex on Sherman Terrace.

Officials say the call came in just before 5 a.m. Sunday.

Fire department officials say the fire was contained shortly after 5 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.

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