WAUPUN – A horse died in a town of Waupun barn fire Thursday afternoon when firefighters battled the blaze in brutally cold conditions.

Wind chills Thursday afternoon were well below zero.

According to a press release from Waupun Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa, Waupun Community Fire Department was dispatched to N4637 Amity Road around 4:01 p.m. for a report of a barn on fire.

Firefighters encountered thick smoke and flames coming from the barn. Workers from 11 different agencies were brought in to help with water shuttles due to the extreme cold. It took them four hours to put out the fire and complete overhaul operations.

There were no injuries, but firefighters were unable to rescue a horse in the barn.

The property is owned by James and William Davison. A tenant, Brian Callahan, was home at the time of the fire and was alerted to the fire by a passerby.

The barn was destroyed and damage is estimated to be in excess of $100,000.

The blaze is under investigation.

Agencies assisting the Waupun Community Fire Department included fire departments from Alto, Brandon, Burnett, Fond du Lac, Eldorado, Lamartine, Oakfield, Rosendale, town of Fond du Lac, and city of Waupun; RIT District 2; Lifestar Ambulance; Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office; Wisconsin State Patrol; town of Waupun and Fond du Lac County highway departments and Alliant Energy.

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