UPDATE: Fire destroys barn, handmade boat on Highway 59
TOWN OF MILTON—Officials say a barn and its contents—including a handmade wooden boat—were destroyed west of Milton after a vehicle apparently caught on fire inside the barn Wednesday afternoon.
Milton Fire Chief Loren Lippincott said multiple fire departments were called to 2902 E. Highway 59 at 4:03 p.m. Wednesday for a “fully involved” fire in a wood barn with a steel roof.
He said the 5,000-square-foot building went up fast because it had 600 bales of hay in it.
According to a news release from the Milton Fire Department, a vehicle inside the barn caught fire and sparked the blaze.
The fire destroyed the barn along with a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, a 1984 Agri-Power tractor, a riding lawn mower, and a circa-1949, handmade wooden boat, according to the release.
Two hay wagons and a pontoon boat outside the barn also were destroyed. No damage estimates were available.
The barn was owned by Lakeland Leisure Association.
A farmhouse on the property was apparently unharmed in the fire, and a corncrib and stone shed near the barn were unscathed except for minor heat damage.
Lippincott said water tank crews from Milton, Edgerton, Fort Atkinson, Whitewater and Janesville turned out to fight the blaze, and fire crews from the towns of Beloit and Turtle assisted.
Crews used earthmoving vehicles to knock the rest of the building in and firefighters remained at the scene late Wednesday to extinguish smoldering hay.
No one was injured in the fire, Lippincott said. The Rock County Sheriff's Office closed Highway 59 between East Vincent Road to Clear Lake Road while crews fought the fire. The highway has since re-opened.
Deputies worked to keep traffic back from the area, which is just south of Lakeland RV Center and Campground.