Date: May 3, 2015
Incident: Barn Fire
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Sunday May 3, 2015 at approximately 12:52 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an out of control brush fire located at 2164 CTH NN in the Town of Trenton. Deputies and firefighters from the Newburg Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper was the first to arrive on scene and reported that the roof of a nearby barn had also caught fire and was spreading rapidly. Upon the arrival of fire personnel, the fire had engulfed the barn and spread to a nearby machinery shed. The intense fire, coupled by interment gusty winds, also ignited several acres of nearby brush/grassland.
The Newburg Fire Department received assistance from the Boltonville, Cedarburg, Fillmore, Fredonia, Grafton, Jackson, Kewaskum, Port Washington, Saukville, West Bend, and Waubeka Fire Departments. We Energies also responded to the scene. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received assistance with traffic direction from the Wisconsin State Patrol and West Bend Police Department. At this time, CTH NN between CTH G/Jackson Dr. and Maple Rd. remains closed to thru traffic to facilitate overhaul/cleanup operations.
The fire destroyed an approximate 80’x40’ barn, an attached 20’x30’ grainary, and a 50’x30’ machinery shed (containing several antique tractors and riding lawnmowers). In addition, approximately 4 acres of brush/grassland was burned. No damage estimates are available at this time. None of the buildings contained livestock and there are no reports of civilian or firefighter injury.
A preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire suggests that an ember from an attended brush fire, also located on the property, landed on the barn’s roof igniting it. Gusty winds quickly spread and intensified the fire. At this time, the matter remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.