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Fire at Fitchburg apartment building

Firefighters at the scene of a fire Wednesday morning in Fitchburg. Two apartments in a building in the 4500 block of Thurston Lane sustained heavy fire damage and the two apartments directly below sustained heavy water damage.

A fire Wednesday morning heavily damaged two apartments in Fitchburg, but caused no injuries, authorities said.

The fire in the 4500 block of Thurston Lane was reported shortly before 8 a.m. by a Fitchburg police officer who was in the neighborhood and was alerted by two children who saw smoke coming from the building, and a second 911 call came in shortly after that from residents of the building reporting a fire in their unit, Fitchburg Fire Department spokeswoman Meredith Shelton said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a second-floor apartment, but not before it spread to an adjacent unit, Shelton said.

The two apartments sustained heavy fire damage and the two apartments directly below sustained heavy water damage, she said.

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Authorities said an alarm was sounding in the apartment where the fire started, and the building alarms started sounding in common spaces shortly after. The building is not equipped with a sprinkler system.

The cause and exact origin of the fire was under investigation. The Red Cross and Salvation Army were asked to provide assistance for affected residents and on-scene personnel, Shelton said.

Assistance was provided by the Madison, town of Madison, McFarland, Oregon, Verona, Middleton and Maple Bluff fire departments, Oregon and FitchRona EMS, and Fitchburg police.

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