BARRON COUNTY -- The following is an update from Mike Romsos, Fire Chief, Barron/Maple Grove Fire Department.

(Press Release) -- At 7:32 am on September 9th 2019, the Barron Maple Grove Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a working structure fire inside the feed mill cooling tower located at the Jennie-O Plant in Barron. First arriving crews reported heavy smoke showing from the west side of the building and requested surrounding fire departments to be paged for additional manpower.

Firefighters made entry into the tower and initiated searches of each floor, resulting in no victims and all plant employees being accounted for. Due to the quick recognition and early notification of this fire by onsite employees, emergency crews were able to contain the fire to the cooling tower without extending into adjacent structures.

At 9:19 am, the fire was classified under control with no responder or civilian injuries. All responders cleared the scene by 1:15pm.

Responding departments included:

  • Barron Maple Grove Fire Department
  • Chetek Fire Department
  • Cumberland Fire Department
  • Rice Lake Fire Department
  • New Auburn Fire Department (Rehab Trailer)
  • Mayo EMS
  • Barron Police Department
  • Barron County Sheriff’s Department
  • Fire investigators are working with Jennie-O personnel to determine the cause of the fire, however it does not appear suspicious in nature.

Mike Romsos, Fire Chief, Barron/Maple Grove Fire Department

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BARRON COUNTY -- The Barron Police Department says that no injuries occurred in the Fire at Jennie-O Turkey Store Feedmill in Barron.

At approximately 7:45a the Barron Police Department and the Barron County Sheriff's Department assisted the Barron Fire Department, Rice Lake Fire Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Chetek Fire Department, and New Auburn Fire Department for the structure fire at Jennie-O.

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Emergency Crews On Scene At Jennie-O In Barron l Monday, September 9, 2019

BARRON COUNTY -- Multiple fire departments are on scene at Jennie-O Turkey in Barron, Wisconsin. At least 4 Fire Departments have responded and are battling a fire that broke out in the feed mill part of the plant.

Mike Judy, Director of the Office of Emergency Management, Barron County Sheriff’s Department, says that Emergency crews are on scene of a working structure fire at the Jennie-O feed mill in Barron.

He asks that for safety, all bystanders are asked to avoid the area until responders have cleared the scene.

This is a developing story. This post will be updated when more information is known. 

Last Update: Sep 10, 2019 11:22 am CDT

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