Fire at Madison, Wis., hardware store

A fire caused $500,000 worth of damage to Hilldale Ace Hardware store in Madison, Wis., according to a City of Madison press release.

The Oct. 17 blaze was first discovered at about 10 p.m. when an alarm for the store on North Midvale Boulevard alerted the fire department.

According to the city: Firefighters "walked through the building and gained access to the warehouse area through a doorway and started to extinguish the flames. The large warehouse garage door was forced open by another fire crew from the outside, in order to help ventilate and assist in extinguishment. Firefighters found a forklift in the warehouse area and sprayed water on the gas tank in order to keep it cool. Black smoke and flames were seen after crews cut a ventilation hole in the roof of the building, but was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated around $500,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation."

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