Barn a total loss after fire; more than 100 firefighters on scene

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TOWN OF WHEATON, Wis. (WEAU)- A barn is a total loss after a fire this morning in Chippewa County.

The Chippewa Fire District says it happened just after 5 a.m. on 40th Street in the Town of Wheaton.

The owner of the property was feeding farm animals when he saw the fire in the northwest corner of the barn. When crews first arrived on scene, they say the fire had extended the entire length of the 270 ft. barn. More than 100 firefighters from 19 departments from Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire counties were called in to assist on scene.

The barn was being converted into a storage building and firefighters say it is total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters say it appears to be accidental. There is no damage estimate at this time.

The Chippewa Fire District says it was the largest mutual aid operation in 40 years.

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