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Developers of destroyed Madison apartment complex release statement

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The developers of the 105-unit apartment building that was under construction when it caught fire has made a statement about the incident Friday evening.

Dan Schmidt, managing member of FMI Development, LLC, says, "We are first and foremost thankful that no one was injured.  We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Madison Fire Department for containing the blaze and ensuring public safety."

Schmidt says that the company is cooperating with authorities in order to determine the cause of the fire.

Schmidt says, "We are obviously disappointed that this has happened, but are thankful for the great support we have already received from our neighbors, elected officials Mayor Paul Soglin and Alder Lauren Cnare, vendors, and the community-at-large.  We look forward to rebuilding in the near future."


UPDATE (WKOW) – Madison firefighters remain on the scene of a fire at a 105-unit apartment building under construction on the east side.

According to the City of Madison Fire Department, the fire appears to be out; however, pallets of building materials on the 1-to-2 acre fire ground continue to smolder. Lori Worth, who is a spokeswoman for the department, says two crews stayed at the location of the fire overnight to battle hot spots. Worth says the contractor of the building is Forward Management, Inc.

The fire, which was on the 500 block of Apollo Way, was reported around 7:30 p.m. by drivers on I-90 who reported seeing flames and smoke. The fire was seen from miles away, and falling debris caused spot fires across the interstate.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Investigators continue to work with police, State Fire Marshal's Office investigators and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is a common practice at a large fire scene. Damages have not yet been determined.

Investigators ask that anyone with photos or videos taken of the blaze before the fire departments arrival call 608-266-4420 and leave a name, phone number, and email address so investigators can contact them. The fire department also plans to set up a website later Saturday where photos and videos can be uploaded.


UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)—A 105-unit apartment building, that was under construction, is severely damaged after a Friday night fire.

According to Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis the call came in just after 7:30. Station 13, Madison's newest fire station, responded. Upon arrival, Davis says the heat made it difficult to park the trucks as close as they would have liked.

Chief Davis says when firefighters arrived, the top two of the four floors were fully engulfed. No one was injured but the building suffered extensive damage and may be a total loss.

Ten nearby homes nearby evacuated. Some of those homes had siding melt from the heat but there was no structural damage.

Blooming Grove and McFarland fire departments assisted on the scene, putting out spot grassfires that started as a result of the structure fire.

The cause is still under investigation. Chief Davis says firefighters will be on scene all night, containing hot spots. It's unclear at this point who owns the building that was under construction.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A large fire on Madison's east side is burning in an apartment building construction site and reportedly started a bush fire nearby.

Dispatchers report the structure fire broke out around 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Apollo Way and Lisa Ann Dr., in the Grand View Commons neighborhood, near the interstate.

One witness reports flames jumped the interstate and ignited grass.

The State Patrol has issued a smoke advisory for drivers on the highway, all lanes remain open.

Smoke and flames could be seen from across Lake Monona, on Monona Terrace.

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