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Madison family says quick thinking helped them escape home fire

Madison (WKOW) — A family of five is out of their home but grateful they’re alive after a fire forced them to evacuate early Wednesday morning.

Josh Lavik said he woke just before 5 a.m. to the sound of his fire alarm beeping noisily.

“Next thing you know I get up and there’s a cloud of smoke going up the stairs and you have very few seconds to react,” he said.

Lavik’s first instinct was to get his family to safety. The first thing that came to his mind was the second story window.

“We got to the side window on top of the garage up there and grabbed the dog and out we came and then kind of climbed down the tree onto the garbage cans and then down to the driveway,” he said.

Lavik was able to get his seven-year-old son and three-year-old twin boys down with his wife’s help.

“One of the bigger challenges was getting the dog down,” he said.

He said it took quick thinking but he couldn’t take all the credit.

“My wife and I actually had talked through a what-if scenario if there was a fire, what we would do,” Lavik said.

On top of that he said they had just recently put new batteries in the smoke detectors.

“That definitely saved our lives,” Lavik said.

He said he’s grateful his family is safe and his home is still standing but he said they still don’t know the full extent of the interior damage.

“Most of the first and second floor is mostly smoke damage but we’re going to have to throw out a lot of stuff I would imagine,” Lavik said.

Lavik is currently working with his insurance company to determine what could be saved or repaired.

“It’s going to be a cleanup effort that’s beyond my scope of expertise,” he said.

The family is staying with relatives in the area. Lavik said they’re hoping in a few months they can rebuild parts of their home.

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Michelle Alfini

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