Waupaca County barn a total loss after fire

Photo: Katie Scherr Krehmeyer
Photo: Katie Scherr Krehmeyer

UNION, Wis. (WBAY) – A number of fire departments worked for several hours to put out hot spots after a barn fire in Waupaca County.

Firefighters were called at 3:38 p.m. Friday to the 6600 block of Symco Road in the town of Union. When they arrived, they saw the barn completely engulfed in flames.

The owners, who were outside at the time, were working to get their 60 cows out safely. Manawa Fire Chief Rob Rosenau said he was unsure if all of the livestock was accounted for.

There were no injuries.

The barn is considered a total loss. The house where the owners live was not affected, so they still had a place to stay, Rosenau said.

Firefighters were still on scene around 11 p.m. They said the high winds and remote location were making the fire difficult to control. They used two fire engines and a ladder truck to put out hot spots.

The Manawa Rural Fire Department says a number of spectators came out to watch the fire. One of them almost made a firefighter go into a ditch. Firefighters are asking people to stay away when the roads are narrow.

First responders from the following areas were there: Clintonville, Marion, Iola, Scandanavia, Ogdensburg, Waupaca County, Weyauwega, New London, Bear Creek and Shiocton.

Photo: Katie Scherr Krehmeyer