Widow of Sun Prairie Fire Capt. killed in July explosion sued over missed payments on business

Published: Apr. 22, 2019 at 7:28 PM CDT
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Abby Barr, the widow of fallen fire fighter, Capt. Cory Barr, is being sued for $138,000 for money owed on the business the two owned in Sun Prairie, according to legal documents. It also calls for interest on missed payments and covering legal fees.

Capt. Barr died during an explosion that leveled The Barr House on the corner of Main and Bristol Street in July 2018. Since the explosion, The Barr House has been closed.

The lawsuit was filed on April 12 by Ski and Ski LLC. In the court documents, it states that the Barrs entered into a four-year agreement on Sept. 12, 2016 pay Ski and Ski LLC for $170,000 with all payments received by Sept. 12, 2020.

The lawsuit shows records of 15 late payments, dating back to Oct. 2016. The last recorded late payment was July 2, 2018. That was just days before the explosion.

Abby Barr has 20 days to respond to the Summons, according to the lawsuit.

Authorities determined the gas explosion was caused after an unmarked gas line was cut, resulting in a gas leak. In Dec. 2018, Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said there was no probable cause to believe a crime was committed in July's explosion.

Three people sued contractors involved in the Sun Prairie explosion from July 10, 2018, according to online court records.

Abigail Barr, wife of Capt. Cory Barr, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Dec. 20, 2018, according to online court records.