(Columbus) The Columbus Fire Department responded to a weekend blaze in the township. Fire Chief Randy Koehn says crews responded to N2353 Wendt Road Sunday afternoon at 1:42pm. Upon arrival, the two-story residence was fully involved. The home owned and occupied by Kevin Baerwolf was a total loss. The fire started in the basement when two men were emptying contents of aerosol cans which found an ignition source and ignited. Both were taken to Prairie Ridge Hospital in Columbus by private vehicle for treatment of minor burns. Units were on scene until 4:30pm.
Columbus Fire received mutual aid at the scene from the departments in Fall River, Doylestown, Rio, Sun Prairie, Waterloo, Reeseville, and Arlington. The De Forest and Lowell Fire Departments provided coverage at the Columbus station during this time. Assistance was also received from LifeStar EMS, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbia County Highway Department, and Adams-Columbia Electric.