Lightning Causes Fire, Displacing Three People

Incident Type
Lightning Strike
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:55pm
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:58pm
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
100 Block W. Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703

City of Madison Firefighters extinguished a fire that ignited from a lightning strike and caused $50,000 in damage.

An occupant of the three-flat apartment complex heard an explosion and called 911 around 6:00 pm.

When firefighters arrived to the 100 block of W. Wilson Street, they could see smoke from a third floor window. Occupants evacuated and were found outside.

The fire was contained to the subspace after the lightning had followed a pipe chase. Firefighters had to open walls and ceilings in order to extinguish the fire.

2nd and 3rd floor apartments suffered damage.

No injuries reported as a result of the fire.

Occupants will be staying with friends and family.

Posted 07/07/2020 - 10:04pm

Bernadette Galvez, 608-243-0180