(Courier staff photos)
(Courier staff photos)
A smoke detector’s alert sent a man and his dog from their apartment at Presidential Estates Sunday afternoon before fire did significant damage to their unit.

The City of Madison Fire Department reponded to the 100 block of Taft Drive where a fire was reported in the living room of one residential unit.

First responders on the scene reported heavy smoke and fire in the front and rear parts of the apartment. An oxygen cylinder in the unit ruptured before fire crews entered, a news release from the fire department said.

The man who lived in the apartment was taken by EMS to King’s Daughters’ Hospital for evaluation.

“Working smoke detectors save lives,” MFD Chief Bill DeVries emphasized in a news release.

No fire was found in the adjoining apartment units.

Madison fire and police department are investigating the cause of the fire.

MFD evaluates and installs smoke detectors in homes free. To learn more or request a smoke detector, call 812-265-8350. Leave your name, contact number and address and someone with the fire department will call to set up a date and time for installation. (Courier staff photos by David Campbell and Mark Campbell)