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Mail carrier kicks in door, stops apartment balcony fire

MADISON (WKOW) -- Firefighters say a Madison mail carrier helped put out a fire in an apartment Friday morning.

The fire began on the balcony of a second story apartment at 17 Ridgeview Court. The Madison Fire Department says the fire began after discarded smoking materials were dropped in dried potting soil.

Firefighters say a mail carrier kicked in the door to the apartment and put out the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher.

The fire caused some charring to the attic. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

The tenant was able to return to the apartment and has renters insurance.

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