Body recovered after Baraboo house fire

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BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) -- A body has been recovered after a house in Baraboo was lost after it caught fire early Friday morning, according to the Baraboo Fire Department.

The name and age of the female body recovered have not been released by authorities. The identification of the body is underway by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the Sauk County Coroner’s Office

Chief Kevin Stieve of the Baraboo Fire Department said firefighters were called to the house fire at E10488 Terrytown Rd., just east of Cornfield Road, in the Town of Baraboo at 7:17 a.m.

When fire crews arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

More than 30 firefighters were on scene from several area fire departments.

Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf said it took crews around 20 minutes to battle the blaze and fighting fires in rural areas presents challenges.

"They had to get water to it through a relay system and hoses because you can't drive the heavy trucks close the fire on the long driveway," Schauf said.

Reedsburg, Delton, Kilbourn, North Freedom and Merrimac Fire Departments and Sauk Prairie EMS assisted at the scene. Sauk City and Loganville Fire Departments backfilled the Baraboo Fire Station while they were at the house fire. Other agencies assisting at the scene were Alliant Energy, Sauk County Salvation Army, Baraboo Police Department and the Sauk County Highway Department.

The fire is still under investigation.