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Waupun barn owned by State of Wisconsin a total loss after fire

Sarah Razner
Fond du Lac Reporter USA TODAY NETWORK – WISCONSIN
No people or animals injured in blaze that destroys Waupun barn.  Fire departments from Alto, Beaver Dam, Brandon/Fairwater, Burnett, Brownsville, Cambria, Fox Lake, Grand Lake/ Markesan, Lamartine, Oakfield and the Town of Fond du Lac assisted at the scene.

WAUPUN – A barn owned by the State of Wisconsin is a total loss after it caught fire Wednesday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, a passerby reported a barn on fire in the W900 block Dodge County Road AW. Waupun Fire Department crews found the barn “fully engulfed” in flames, as well as a “significant structural collapse,” according to a news release from the Waupun Fire Department. Many round hay bales also ignited, extending the fire.

Over a period of seven hours, fire crews worked to put out the blaze. Fire departments from Alto, Beaver Dam, Brandon/Fairwater, Burnett, Brownsville, Cambria, Fox Lake, Grand Lake/ Markesan, Lamartine, Oakfield and the Town of Fond du Lac assisted, according to the release.

The barn, owned by the State of Wisconsin and primarily used for store goods and equipment used to raise dairy animals, is considered a total loss. No animals were in the barn, and 45 cows held in a barn on the property were not injured. No firefighters were injured.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire, but they do not believe it is suspicious, according to the release.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Dodge County DCERT, Dodge County Highway Department, Fond du Lac County RIT District 4, Lifestar Ambulance and Waupun Department of Public Works also assisted at the scene, according to the release.