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Smoke alarm alerts residents to apartment fire on University Avenue

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A kitchen fire caused damage to an apartment Tuesday night on University Avenue.

City of Madison Firefighters were called to 2120 University Avenue around 8:45 p.m. and were able to quickly extinguish the fire with a small amount of water. It caused about $10,000 in damage.

Smoke and fire damage was limited to that single apartment. No one was injured. The fire appears to be an accident, but investigators are still looking into the cause.

A neighbor from another apartment discovered the fire when she smelled smoke and saw haze in the hallway. The building's fire alarm was activated to warn the other residents of the fire.

The City of Madison Fire Department wants to remind residents that smoke alarms save lives. Almost two-thirds of deaths from home fires happen because there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Firefighters say smoke spreads fast and you need the alarm to get out in time.

Firefighters offer these tips to make sure your home is safe for you and your family:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in each bedroom, and outside each bedroom.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• Make an escape plan and have a fire drill to practice your plan.
• When the alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
• After you have escaped, call 9-1-1 from a safe place.
• Never go back inside the building for any reason.

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