MADISON (WKOW) -- A family of five escapes a house fire on Madison's east side.
Firefighters were called to a house fire on the 200 block of South Fair Oaks just before midnight Monday.
The five residents of the single-family evacuated the house after smoke alarms sounded and they called 911.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they entered through the front door and found hazy smoke throughout the residence. The smoke was traced to the basement where firefighters discovered fire in the ceiling and charred floor joists.
Crews put out the fire with a portable water extinguisher.
Damages estimates could reach $20,000.
The cause remains under investigation.
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