Bear Communications identifies subcontractor hired to work in Sun Prairie
Bear Communications released a statement on Friday afternoon regarding the Sun Prairie explosion. The Kansas-based company identified the subcontractor it hired to work in Sun Prairie in the same area where Tuesday's explosion happened.
Police said a contractor hit a WE Energies gas line, causing the explosion on Tuesday, July 10. Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr died while responding. Two other firefighters were among the injured.
Several homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. The blast also prompted the evacuation of homes and businesses within a half-mile radius of the explosion site at the corner of Main and Bristol Streets in downtown Sun Prairie.
This statement was made public by Scott Stein of Bear Communications.
Bear Communications is the largest communications contractor in the Midwest, according to the company's website. It was founded in 2001.
On Thursday, NBC15 learned that Bear Communications was working for Verizon on a project to improve its wireless network, according to Verizon spokesperson Steve Van Dinter.
A spokesperson with Bear Communications also confirmed Thursday that its subcontractor was performing work on site before the explosion, but says "there are many questions that remain to be answered as the investigation continues.” It did not identify the subcontract until Friday's release.
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