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Friday, January 7, 2011

Fire Causes $50,000 in Damage To Motor Home

MADISON, Wis. -- Madison fire officials are trying to determine what caused a fire in a motor home that spread to a nearby building and sheds, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.

The fire was reported at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Femrite Drive on the city's far East Side.

The fire in the motor home spread to a hobby auto shop building and two small sheds, fire officials said.

One of two brothers who are staying in the motor home tried to put it out.

"He had several animals inside that motor home. Unfortunately, the animals did not survive. He tried to actually also put it out with an extinguisher; that didn't help it. The fire was rolling pretty good," said Bernadette Galvez, Madison Fire Department spokeswoman.

No one was hurt, but three dogs and two cats are believed to have perished in the fire.

Fire crews arriving at the scene found a large black plume of smoke in the sky and quickly extinguished the fire at the auto-shop auto shop building. Fire crews also extinguished fire to a the motor home and two small sheds.

The Red Cross is assisting the two brothers with temporary housing and clothing.

Galvez said the motor home is a total loss. She said two sheds and the hobby auto-shop auto shop also suffered fire damage.

The Madison Fire Department said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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