Columbus FD: Lanes of Wis. Highway 16, 60 open after barn fire

Columbus barn fire shuts down Highway 16/60.
Columbus barn fire shuts down Highway 16/60.(Dale Stolldorf)
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 8:17 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Columbus Fire Department says the barn fire that shut down lanes of Wis. Highway 16, 60, was caused by embers from an earlier controlled burn in the area, and has been put out.

Authorities say when crews arrived on scene the barn was fully engulfed in flames but was not big enough to cause significant damage to nearby structures. Only damage to the siding of houses next to the barn occurred.

One firefighter was injured while responding, officials say he was checked over and released Tuesday night from the hospital. It is not clear what kind of injuries he sustained.

While multiple crews responding to the fire worked to put it out, the Columbus Fire Department Chief warned the public about the closure on Highway 16 and 60 due to the barn fire.

All lanes were closed in both directions where the two highways meet and authorities estimated lanes would be closed for two hours.

Units from at least seven departments responded to the scene including Beaver Dam, Waterloo, Reeseville, Marshall and Lake Mills.

No animals were on the property. Crews say the only things in the barn were some old hay and other items.

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