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Fire destroys Portage County farm buildings, crews save houseSubmitted: 04/23/2019
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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Fire destroys Portage County farm buildings, crews save house
Photos By Point/Plover Metro Wire

TOWN OF DEWEY - A fire ripped through several buildings at a farm in northern Portage County.

According to Newswatch 12's partners at the Point/Plover Metro Wire, the fire was reported around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Sandy Lane in the town of Dewey, which is north of Stevens Point.

Two buildings were on fire as of 3:45 p.m.  One of the buildings -- a shed -- appeared to be a total loss.

Dewey Fire Chief Leroy Pukrop could see smoke coming from the farm when he got the call at home.  He says crews started spraying down the home to cool it off and protect it from the nearby flames.


"Looking at what you had coming out of the other buildings, it looked like it was going to be a loss," Pukrop said.  "The heavy black smoke indicated it wasn't going to be salvaged, so saved the buildings next to it."

The renter's mother was inside the home at the time, but wasn't hurt.  The fire chief did not know of any injuries.

He's not sure what caused the fire, noting the investigation was ongoing.



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