NEW INFORMATION: Cleaning up after Larson Agri Service fire

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (WEAU) --- Crews are cleaning up after a fire destroyed a Whitehall feed mill.

Firefighters were called to Larson Agri service just after 10:00 Wednesday night night.

Chad Larson who owns Larson Agri Service, said he had just gotten home from fighting a fire with the fire department in Galesville.

Then his wife told him she heard the feed mill was on fire.

“I just said are you serious? And she said yeah I think it’s on fire, and I jumped in my truck and called county dispatch and they affirmed that it was on fire, and I came up here right away,” said Larson.

Whitehall Fire Chief Jeremiah Pientok said he was the first to get there.

He saw flames shooting out of the front of the feed mill, and going toward the fertilizer building.

No one was hurt, and no one was inside the 100-year-old feed mill at the time.

Several fire departments were fighting the fire, which was under control in an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes.

“The wind played a big factor into it, also a huge factor was the restrictions of space to get fire equipment and water into here,” said Pientok.

Between two and eight employees work at Larson Agri Service in Whitehall, depending on the season.

Larson said employees will still be able to work in Whitehall, and at the facility in Arcadia.

“It’s a lot of hard work that’s got to be done now, but it won’t hurt our business that much,” said Larson.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Larson Agri Service said it will rebuild its office.

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