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Ashes start fire at Madison home, reminder of safety this season

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hot ashes started a fire at an east side Madison home this weekend.

Madison fire officials say two people in a house on the 700 block of Eagle Crest Drive noticed smoke and heard an alarm sounding around 3 p.m. Sunday. They found smoke and flames in the attached garage and called 911.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly and it did not reach into the attic or walls. There was light smoke in the home but no flames. No one was hurt.

Fire officials say hot ashes in a paper bag left unattended in the garage started the fire, which caused about $25,000 in damage to the garage and its contents.

The incident is a reminder of the importance of safety when discarding hot coals and ashes.

According to the fire department, ashes and coals can reignite 48 to 72 hours after the fire is out so be sure to let them cool completely before disposing of them and do so in a metal container. Place the container outside, away from any buildings or combustibles.

Fire officials also recommend homeowners install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in each bedroom and outside each bedroom. You should also test the smoke alarms every month, make an escape plan and hold a family fire drill to make sure everyone is prepared.

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