Jackson Street fire under investigation

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Catherine W. Idzerda
March 28, 2015

JANESVILLE—Officials are still investigating a Saturday fire that caused an estimated $174,000 in damage.

At 4:38 p.m. Saturday, the Janesville Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 320 N. Jackson St., Janesville.

On arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the roof vents. The home consisted of upper and lower apartment units, according to a news release from the Janesville Fire Department.

After evacuating the ground floor residents, and rescuing a dog from the upper floor, firefighters attacked the fire from the front and the sides.

The house was built with balloon construction. That means the space between the walls extends from basement to attic, making it easy for the fire to spread.

An older addition to the home created hidden spaces that also made the fire difficult to find and extinguish, the news release from the Janesville Fire Department said.

The Town of Beloit Fire Department and the Southern Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Team responded to the scene to assist.

The American Red Cross helped the seven people displaced by the fire.

No one was injured.

The Janesville Fire Department remained on scene throughout the night to watch for flareups.

The home is owned by Jerome Furman of Madison.



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