Crews battle structure fire in Barneveld

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - 12 fire crews respond to a structure fire in the village of Barneveld in Iowa County Tuesday evening.

The fire closed County Highway ID in Barneveld, authorities tell NBC15. It has since opened back for local traffic.

The initial call came in at 8:49 p.m. Iowa County Sheriff's Office says that the building in the 400 block of E. Orbison Street was consumed by fire. The sheriff's office says the building contains a coffee shop and a welding shop. The building is a total loss according to the Iowa County Sheriff's Office.

"The welding shop is a family owned business, the family was here last night and they were devastated," Barneveld FIre Chief Hurlbert said.

The sheriff's office tells us that all employees were out of the building and there are no injuries to report. Iowa County Sheriff's Office said they are still investigating what caused the fire. They are unclear where it originated from in the building.

"Initial investigations show that it could have been electrical or there were storms that went through our area and it could have been a lightening strike," Chief Hurlbert said.

A fire investigators team is scheduled to come out and conduct their investigation. Chief Hurlbert says that's protocol with a fire of this magnitude.

"I estimate damages might be around $200,000 to $250,000," Chief Hurlbert said.

The responding fire departments included Barneveld, Ridgeway, Hollandale, Dodgeville, Highland, Lone Rock, Montfort, Mineral Point, Mount Horeb, Verona, Arena and Avoca.