And in another large fire...Nine of trempealeau county's
thirteen fire departments responded to last night's
fire at the Larson Agri Services building in Whitehall.
at least 75 firefighters fought the fire.
which spread quickly through the old feed mill.
Nobody was hurt.
and they were able to put the fire out within a few
Since it was a feed mill.
there was concern at first about chemicals that might
be inside the building.
It was over 100 years old.
At the time, I don't believe, the owners were phasing-out
of that part of the building so there wasn't a whole
lot in that part of the building.
Chief Pientok called this a 'surround and drown' fire.
because firefighters weren't able to get inside the
They instead doused it with water from the outside.
Crews will be using heavy equipment to tear down the
old mill because the fire damage was so severe.
We're not sure if nearby grain bins will have to be
Some of them were also damaged.
The Whitehall fire chief says they think they know
where the fire started.
but not how.