Barn total loss, horses OK in Brighton barn fire

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

Three horses in a barn in Brighton that caught fire Wednesday evening were rescued before the barn burned to the ground, said Chief Mike Slover, Town of Salem Fire/Rescue.

However the approximately 40-feet-by-100 feet barn, built in 1875, was a total loss including its contents, Slover said. About 1,500 bales of hay, a riding mower, a push mower and some tools were lost in the fire.

The three horses initially reported  to be inside the barn were rescued by the property owners, Slover said.

The fire was reported a little after 10:30 p.m. in the 29200 block of 451st Street. When firefighters arrived, they found flames already coming through the roof.

The department called for mutual aid with a box alarm to the second level for tenders. Tenders are tank trucks that carry a large amount of water to a fire scene.

“This is a rural area so we had to go quite some ways for water,” said Slover speaking at the scene of the fire last night.

Firefighters’ effort immediately were focused on saving an adjacent home from damage.

“Our first concern when we got here was to protect the exposures on the B side of the building,” Slover said. “There’s a house over there. We were concerned about that”

There were no injuries from the fire, Slover said. One firefighter was overheated, but ultimately did not require a trip to the hospital.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Slover said.

Other fire departments that responded included: Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Silver Lake Fire Department, Randall Fire Department, Town of Burlington Fire Department, Bristol Fire Department, Twin Lakes Fire Department, Pleasant Prairie Fire Department, Newport Fire Department and Antioch Fire Department.

Our original reporting on this fire is here.

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