Photo Gallery | Northgate Shopping Center Businesses Suffer Fire, Smoke Damage
Several businesses at the Northgate Shopping Center suffered fire and smoke damage on Friday night, according to the Madison Fire Department.
Fire officials said a call reporting 40 foot flames from the center of the mall on North Sherman Avenue came into the 911 dispatch center at about 10:45 p.m.
Firefighters said they noticed a large amount of fire inside the structure and flames burning through the façade roof. They said they were able to protect adjacent businesses with hose lines and firewalls, minimizing fire damage to adjoining businesses and preventing further damage.Boomerangs Resale Shop suffered major smoke and fire damage, according to its officer manager Lisa Taylor. Boomerangs is a store established by Door Creek Church as an outreach ministry. It's been opened since September 2008 and has sold quality donated goods with the goal of distributing profits from the store to local charities that serve the community. "Door Creek Church wishes to express its appreciation to the community for the support it has provided to Boomerangs. Future plans for the store have not been determined at this time," Taylor said in a news release. Taylor said that investigators have not told her what caused the fire, but she said the fire damage was located in the front of the store, but the smoke damage was so severe it's not believed anything will be salvageable.
Dorn True Value, Cricket, LaundryLand, Anytime Fitness and a vacant store, suffered smoke damage, fire officials said.
Total damages were estimated are $500,000.
The fire was extinguished by 11:28 p.m. The fire remains under investigation.
One firefighter was transported to University of Wisconsin Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released, fire officials said.