Twelve fire departments and other agencies worked for nine hours Friday night after a barn caught fire in the town of Red River.
According to a release posted by the Luxemburg Community Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched Friday evening to E2470 LeCaptain Road in the Town of Red River. Online land records identify the farm as belonging to Mark and Rachel LeCaptain.
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With frequent radio updates from the dispatch center, the call was quickly upgraded to a multiple alarm fire. When firefighters arrived, they encountered a large barn almost completely engulfed in flames.
Firefighters working in below freezing temperatures and strong winds were able to contain the fire to the one structure.
Adjacent structures were saved. Unfortunately not all animals were able to get out, and about 30 young stock perished along with one cow. Calves in an structure close to the fire were moved out to a different structure for precautionary measures.
Responding fire agencies who provided assistance were Casco, Brussels-Union-Gardner, New Franken, Kewaunee, Algoma, Southern Door, Denmark, Carlton, Tisch Mills, Bellevue, Two Creeks and Sturgeon Bay. There were three separate fill sites established to provide water. In total eight pumpers were used to support fire operations.
Tenders numbered 20 that shuttled water. Two backhoes were used to pull the metal roof and sides off the structure so firefighters could get to hot spots.
The Kewaunee County Highway Department kept roads sanded, and sheriff officers provided traffic control. Luxemburg Rescue stood by for rehab efforts and in case of injury. Firefighters were on scene for about 9 hours.