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Man injured, cattle lost in Vernon County barn fire

VERNON COUNTY, WI (WKBT) - A Vernon County farmer is in serious but stable condition at UW Hospital in Madison.  He suffered life-threatening injuries in a barn fire Thursday night on his farm on County Road KK, about seven miles south of Coon Valley.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Department tells News 8 Steve Humfeld was inside the barn when the fire started.  A medical helicopter took him to the hospital in Madison.  No other injuries are reported.

The sheriff's department says there were also about 50 cows and 40 younger animals in the barn at the time of the fire.  It isn't known exactly how many of them died in the fire, but some of them did make it out.

The fire is under investigation.

Firefighters from Coon Valley, Westby, Viroqua, Genoa, Viola, and the Town of Wheatland responded to the fire.


Area fire departments responded to a large barn fire in Vernon County Thursday night.

According to the Vernon County sheriff, the owner of the farm - located near Coon Valley and Westby - was in the barn when it caught fire. Tri-State Ambulance authorities said the individual was transported by helicopter to a hospital with life-threatening burn injuries. An unknown number of dairy cows and calves have been lost in the fire, and firefighters say the barn is a total loss.

Fire departments from Coon Valley, Westby, Viroqua, Genoa, Viola and Wheatland responded. The sheriff said firefighters were having a difficult time attacking the fire, because they were running out of water.

Two years ago, the dairy farm hosted the Vernon County Dairy Breakfast.


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