THURSDAY 7/1/2021 6:03 p.m.
CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Chilton Fire Department has released details regarding the fire that took place on Wednesday night closing both directions of US 151 near Chilton for seven and a half hours.
According to the Department, at around 11:30 p.m., crews responded to the area of Highway 151 and Townhall road for a reported structure fire. CASO deputies are reported to have arrived to find a fully involved hay storage shed.
Firefighters note that after 15-hours of using heavy equipment from Jannette Trucking & Excavating Inc, J&E Construction, Tasch Farms, and Holsum Dairies, they were able to haul 1.4 million gallons of water and finally extinguish the flames.
After putting out the fire, crews confirmed that the shed and its contents had all been lost during the incident. Luckily, the Department says that no injuries were reported during the 15-hour incident.
UPDATE: US 151 reopened after barn fire closes it for 7+ hours
THURSDAY 7/1/2021 9:05 a.m.
CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – Both directions of US 151 near Chilton have been reopened after a barn fire closed the highway for seven and a half hours.
According to officials, all lanes have been reopened as the highway was closed from Salm Road to Minahan Road.
There was no information on the cause of the fire.
Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.
ORIGINAL: Barn fire closes both directions of US 151 near Chilton
THURSDAY 7/1/2021 5:13 a.m.
CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – A fire has closed both northbound and southbound traffic of US 151 near Chilton.
According to officials, the incident happened on July 1 around 1:30 a.m. and US 151 is closed from Salm Road to Minahan Road in both directions. The fire is near Town Hall Road.
The alternate route is HWY C to HWY F to North State Street to HWY 151 or North State Street to HWY F to HWY C to HWY 151.
The estimated duration of the closure is expected to be over two hours. The Chilton Police Department says the highway should reopen in the mid-afternoon.
There is no further information at this time, Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.