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14 homes damaged in Apollo way fire

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department says 14 homes suffered heat damage in Friday night's fire at the Grandview Common's construction site.

The fire department says more homes could have been damaged on Apollo Way, but crews arrived just in time, and were able keep them from igniting by wetting them down.

In addition to melted siding on the homes, the heat from the blaze was so high, that firefighters gear began to melt and fire engine tires were smoking.

"It was so hot at the front of the house, I worried about the heat's effect on the landscaping," homeowner Mary O'Donnell tells 27 News.

"We both went out and looked at the home, and naturally looked at the side of the home. We were surprised (by the damage)," O'Donnell says.

Homeowner Steve Dwyer says he needs new siding, a new window, and other repairs as a result of the fire's heat. Dwyer says damage to his home is estimated at nearly $8,000.

McDonnell and Dwyer say they feel fortunate the fire damage was to property only. Dwyer says it's difficult to describe the intensity of the fire's heat. "It was like stepping into a very cold, or very hot shower, the shock that you feel," Dwyer says.



The 105-unit apartment complex is considered a total loss, and damage estimates are between $3.5 and $5 million.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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