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Structure destroyed in Walworth fire

(Published May 2, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

A rural town of Walworth storage barn was destroyed after sparks from the blaze set another nearby storage shed on fire. Firefighters were able to save that structure.

Firefighters were called to a barn fire at W6702 Brick Church Road, town of Walworth, about 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, said Andy Long, chief of the Walworth Fire Department.

The site was cleared about 5 p.m. Cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical, Long said.

Joining Walworth in fighting the blaze were departments from Fontana, Sharon, Darien, Elkhorn, Williams Bay, the towns of Linn and Delavan, town of Bloomfield-Genoa City and Illinois departments from Harvard and North Boone County, Long said.

About 25,000 gallons of water trucked in from the nearby Kikkoman Foods plant were used to douse the blaze, he said.

High winds whipped sparks about a quarter mile down Brick Church Road and started a small shed on fire, but firefighters were able to save that structure, Long said.

The barn was a total loss. Contents included some small machinery, said Long. No one was injured, but a small dog perished in the fire. A loss estimate was not immediately available.

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