A fire just south of the Kewaunee County line destroyed a barn and shut down a road for several hours Tuesday morning. Crews started to get called out to the farm on County Highway P between County Highway X and Bluebird Road just before 9 a.m. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke billowing from the milkhouse and an adjacent hay and straw storage area. Most of the cows were out of the barn when crews arrived. Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman credits the responding firefighters for opening the building enough so they could successfully knock down the fire. By 1 p.m., heavy-duty equipment could remove debris from the front of the barn that had fallen in. Fire departments from Kewaunee, Luxemburg, Casco, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Brussels-Union-Gardner, Tisch Mills, Carlton, and Denmark responded to the blaze. At the same time, New Franken, Two Creeks, and Green Bay Metro Fire Department supported the effort by handling some of the vacant stations. Kewaunee Rescue also played the backup role while Algoma Rescue was at the scene just in case of injuries. Ackerman was also thankful for the support of the Luxemburg Emergency Responders, Kewaunee County Highway Department, Wisconsin Public Service, Red Cross, and MCC Label. Ackerman says there were some challenges that they had to face.
The last crews left the scene just before 3 p.m. Ackerman says the fire remains under investigation, and no exact cause has been determined. There were no injuries and all of the cows were moved to nearby farms, where they will stay for the immediate future.