Columbus Fire Among Agencies Assisting Sun Prairie Following Explosion

(Sun Prairie) The Columbus Fire Department was among the agencies that assisted with Tuesday’s explosion and fire in Sun Prairie. Columbus Fire Public Information Officer Jared Fox says his department responded to all other calls in Sun Prairie during the harrowing incident. Fox says the department had six firefighters on an engine, two firefighters on a tender, another five in a ladder truck and the chief from 7pm Tuesday to around 5am Wednesday. He says surrounding departments are banding together to help the Sun Prairie Fire Department in coming days. The U-S Fire Administration says the Sun Prairie firefighter killed was found under a pile of rubble.  Cory Barr was off-duty at the time and was found inside the tavern he owned, which caught fire after a gas leak had caused the explosion. Barr was taken to U-W Health in nearby Madison where he died.  At least five buildings were damaged in the blast and the fire it caused.  A total of six firefighters, one police officer, and five residents needed hospital treatment.  Barr and two other firefighters had to be pulled from the debris which was left after the explosion.