UPDATE: Firefighter's wife calls him best husband, dad

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – The wife of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in a gas explosion says she couldn't have asked for a better husband.

Sun Prairie Fire Department Capt. Cory Barr was killed Tuesday when a natural gas explosion leveled most of a city block, including the tavern Barr owned.

His wife, Abby Barr, released a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon saying he had been a firefighter for 15 years and was the "best husband a girl could ask for."

She says he lived his life by the motto "happy wife, happy life." The couple was raising a pair of twin girls who just turned 3. She says the girls would run up to him screaming "Daddy's home!" whenever he walked through the door.



SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – Firefighters are doing a secondary search of buildings damaged in a fatal explosion and fire in the southern Wisconsin community of Sun Prairie, although officials say they have no reports of any missing people.

The Madison Fire Department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team is also evaluating the structural integrity of the damaged downtown buildings. One of the five buildings that sustained significant damage was owned by the firefighter who was killed in the explosion and fire, Cory Barr.

The Sun Prairie Police Department says people who were evacuated within a-half mile radius of the explosion are being allowed back in their homes once they have been cleared by a representative of We Energies. The utility says a contractor punctured a gas line Tuesday evening causing a leak that led to the explosion and fire about a-half hour later.


SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – A union leader is identifying the Wisconsin firefighter killed in a gas explosion as a man who also owned a tavern that caught fire the blast.

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, on Wednesday identified Cory Barr as the firefighter who was killed.

A contractor punctured a natural gas line in downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday evening, leading to an explosion and ensuing fire that damaged at least five buildings, including the Barr House, which Barr owned.

Patrick DePula owns a restaurant just down the street from the Barr House. He said he's known Barr for several years. He said Barr was very proud of Sun Prairie and wanted to both preserve the city and transform it into a travel destination.

Sun Prairie is a suburb of the state capital of Madison.



SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) –Police say an initial sweep found no new victims in the buildings damaged by a fatal explosion and fire in the southern Wisconsin community of Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie police Lt. Kevin Konopacki says there have been no reports of people missing following the gas leak and explosion blast Tuesday evening that killed a firefighter and injured more than a dozen other people.

Officials say at least five structures were damaged. Authorities have cordoned off a half mile (0.8 kilometer) radius from the blast zone downtown.

We Energies has said a private contractor struck a natural gas main, causing a leak. The explosion and fire followed about half an hour later, raining fiery debris on downtown streets, igniting vehicles and sending a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.



SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) – One firefighter was killed and several others were hurt in an explosion that happened downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday.

According to officials, a total of six firefighters were hurt responding to the fire after the explosion. Four with minor injuries and one with critical injuries, but is in stable condition.

The explosion happened on Tuesday around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol Streets after police were called to the area for a gas leak.

A spokesperson with We Energies, Amy Jahns, said a contractor, who is not affiliated with the company, hit a We Energies gas line causing a leak and then an explosion.

Sun Prairie police Lt Kevin Konopacki said the Barr House, Glass Nickel Pizza, the Watertower Chop House and a residence nearby suffered significant fire damage. There is no timetable yet for when people will be allowed back in the half-mile radius/evacuation zone

Lt. Konopacki said Wednesday morning during a press conference that firefighters did an initial clearing of buildings in Sun Prairie — and no one was found. Firefighters were still battling flames more than three hours after the explosion.


A utility spokeswoman says a contractor struck a natural gas main shortly before an explosion rocked a suburb of Madison.

WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says the utility's first responders are in downtown Sun Prairie working to shut off the flow of gas and make the area safe.

The explosion rocked the community of about 30,000 around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, sending a massive plume of smoke into the area and sparking flames.

Dane County Sheriff's Office operations manager Paul Logan says some people have been taken to hospitals, but he said no deaths had been reported. Logan had no other details.



SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Wisconsin say several people have been taken to hospitals after an explosion in a Madison suburb but that no deaths have been reported.

Dane County Sheriff's Department operations manager Paul Logan says people were hurt in the explosion Tuesday evening in Sun Prairie, which has about 30,000 people. But Logan says there are no deaths "at this point."

Logan says he has no additional information at this time.

Witnesses heard a large boom around 7:15 p.m., and a massive plume of smoke rose from the downtown area. Police blocked off downtown streets and firefighters and utility companies were on the scene.



SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) --A major fire has broken out in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, after a loud boom was heard.

Witnesses say the boom around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday shook Sun Prairie. A massive plume of smoke is rising from the downtown area in the community of about 30,000 people.

Firefighters from Sun Prairie and surrounding communities are responding to the blaze.

Police have blocked off downtown streets from traffic and onlookers.

The area has several businesses including bars and restaurants.



 
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