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Duplex fire caused by unattended cooking

Published On: Apr 28 2014 07:13:44 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2014 09:40:15 AM CDT


A family of six is displaced after two fire calls to the same duplex on Madison’s west side on Sunday.

Madison firefighters were called to the 3300 block of Prairie Road at 2 p.m. when the glass fronting on a gas fireplace shattered. Fire officials said the pilot light was still lit and used a thermal imaging camera to determine everything was normal.

At 6:46 p.m. firefighters were called back to the duplex for a report of a smoke detector sounding in the adjacent unit. The residents were gone at the time but the neighbor entered the unit and used a fire extinguisher with some success, according to firefighters.

Firefighters reported seeing smoke coming from the open front door and rear of the home. Smoke and flames were found in the kitchen. Firefighters said the fire was quickly put out and most fire damage was limited to the kitchen. There was moderate to heavy smoke damage on both floors of the unit. The other unit had light smoke smell.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a pot of oil left on the stove. Damage is estimated at $80,000.

Fire investigators said the first call was not related to the second call.

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