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Teen helps two others escape from fire at East Side Madison home

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Madison (WKOW)-- Three people are lucky to be alive after a fire broke out in the 200 block of Harding Street on Madison's East Side. Fire officials say the smoke detector wasn't working, but a 19-year-old man sleeping upstairs saw the fire and woke up his friend and his father.

"Both of them had to run through the flames to wake me up," father Ken Raneer says.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials say the three men are lucky that somebody woke up and noticed it. Within minutes the fire spread throughout the entire second floor of the house. The two 19-year-olds were sleeping just a few feet away from the fire and are still shaken up by the ordeal.

"I called 911 and said to the boys we're not going to be able to control this very well, but let's try and throw some water on it," Raneer says. "I didn't know at the time that the little flames I was seeing were actually connected to a much larger fire behind the door."

The Madison Fire Department sent two fire engines and a ladder truck to the house. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the 2nd floor of the house. Within nine minutes they were able to put out the flames.

Officials say the fire caused between $50,000 and $80,000 in damage. For Raneer, the damage doesn't matter. He feels blessed that his son and his best friend are still alive and healthy.

"They could've died. So could I. It could've been a lot worse," Raneer says. "It makes you think about how unimportant some stuff is."

Madison firefighters say this incident shows how important smoke detectors are and how important it is to check them at least once each year. The American Red Cross is assisting the family with accommodations as the home is being repaired.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- There are no reports of injuries in a house fire on Madison's east side.

Fire officials say everyone got out thanks to one of the kid's friends who smelt the smoke and alerted everyone so they can escape safely.

The fire broke out at a house on Harding Street early Tuesday morning.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department is responding to an early morning house fire.

 The Dane County dispatch center says the blaze is on Harding Street, just south of Milwaukee Street. Reports indicate smoke is visible from a few blocks away and medics were also called to the scene.

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