Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Wisconsin University Theater

A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to the UW-Madison Memorial Union Theater, although construction work at the building was expected to resume soon after the fire, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

The fire started near the Union Theater’s ground level, before flames spread up into a “large attic space above the theater.”

The fire was reported at 7:38 a.m. and a second alarm was issued a few minutes later. Madison Fire Department spokesman Eric Dahl told it was mainly confined to the attic, and was under control by 7:55.

Ald. Scott Resnick, 8th District, said fire officials told him the blaze started when a worker using a torch tool accidentally set on fire some wax paper behind the building’s original walls. Dahl said UW-Madison Police and Boldt Construction are still investigating the cause.

One firefighter was taken to UW Hospital after he became ill, Dahl said, but there were no other injuries reported

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