Wisconsin Fire Melted Parts of Fire Apparatus

A Madison (WI) fire that was so big it could be seen on weather radar damaged more than a dozen nearby homes and melted parts of a fire truck.

A Madison fire department spokeswoman said crews arriving to the fire of an apartment building under construction Aug. 8 could feel heat from 100 feet away through the fire engine windshield.

She says it emitted enough heat to melt parts of a new fire engine and crack windows in adjacent buildings.

Fire department Division Chief Mike Dibble estimated the fire engine sustained $10,000 in damage.

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