Sept. 17, 2017 – Town of Wayne, WI – On Saturday, Sept. 16 2017 at 5:15 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shed fire at 5545 STH 28 in the Town of Wayne, Washington County.
The fire was reported by an owner of Beck Dairy Farms located at that address. Beck Dairy advised of a tractor and two additional pieces of equipment still in the shed. All other equipment and animals had been evacuated.
Upon Sheriff’s Office arrival heavy black smoke was coming from the shed. Employees of the dairy were moving equipment and advised they deployed a fire-suppression tool into the shed in hopes to extinguish the fire but unsure if the tool deployed properly.
The dairy believed the fire started in the engine compartment of the tractor. Kohlsville Fire arrived and extinguished the fire containing fire damage to the shed and its contents.
Investigation found the shed to be approximately 100 ft. x 42 ft. and used for equipment and animal shelter. It appears the fire originated in/near the engine compartment of the Case IH tractor. The tractor, a second piece of farm equipment and the shed were damaged as a result with damage estimates exceeding $100,000.
West Bend, Boltonville, St. Lawrence, Kewaskum, Allenton, Slinger, Theresa, Eden, Jackson, Lomira and Campbellsport Fire Departments assisted Kohlsville Fire as well as the Wisconsin State Patrol assisting with traffic control.
The fire is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.