On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at 2:47 p.m. the Sun Prairie Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in a grain dryer in the Town of Bristol on Highway V.
Fire Chief Chris Garrison said that, upon arrival, the officer in charge reported active fire in the 65-foot high grain dryer. Command units arriving on scene confirmed no life safety issues and ordered crews to cool the structure to avoid exposure risk. Incident Command requested a first alarm Mutual Aid Box for additional assistance.
Command requested a second alarm Mutual Aid Box for engines, a fifth alarm Mutual Aid Box for tenders due to the lack of water resources, and a special request for two ladder trucks. First–in crews positioned a master stream-line and hand-lines rapidly, to knock down the main body of fire.
Once mutual aid unit arrived on scene, crews positioned three engines and two ladder trucks to aid in containment of the fire. Overhaul of the structure was performed while cutting additional holes in the grain dryer to loosen the burned and wet corn. Crews remained on the scene until 7 p.m. performing overhaul.
Fortunately, no civilians were injured, although two first responders reported minor injuries. Garrison said neither of the first responders were transported to the hospital.
Officials are currently investigating the fire. The early estimates are in structural damage and replacement of the tower.
The Sun Prairie fire chief said mutual aid assistance was received from Cottage Grove Fire, DeForest-Windsor Fire, Columbus Fire, Truax Fire, Waunakee Fire, Dane Fire, Stoughton Fire, Doylestown Fire, Rio Fire, McFarland Fire, Town of Madison Fire, Middleton Fire and Deerfield Fire. Sun Prairie EMS and Marshall EMS provided rehab for firefighters and Dane County Sheriff’s deputies provided police support.