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UPDATE: Jackson Co. Highway Dept. fire-$1M in damage

Courtesy Black River Falls Fire Department Courtesy Black River Falls Fire Department

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: A Christmas Eve fire at the Jackson County Highway shop caused about $1 Million in damage according to the Black River Falls fire chief.

According to a release Monday from Chief Steve Schreiber, the late night fire damage cost to the building was $750,000 and the contents inside the building cost another $250,000.

A snow plow truck was destroyed in the fire, which is where the fire is believed to have started.  The blaze spread from the truck to the building.  While the plow truck was the only vehicle destroyed, the other vehicles inside the building suffered damage from the heavy smoke created by the fire.


BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A fire inside the Jackson County Highway shop on Christmas Eve destroys one snow plow truck and damages several others.

According to a release from the Black River Falls Fire Department, a report of smoke was called in to the county's 911 dispatch around 11:16 p.m.

When crews got to the scene at 23 Harrison Avenue, heavy black smoke and some flames were seen coming from the building. 

As they fought the fire and got inside the building, firefighters saw the blaze had spread from the truck to the roof of the building.

Besides the one truck and garage structure, other vehicles inside the shop suffered heavy smoke damage.

The cause of the fire isn't known, but believed to have started around or inside the truck that burned according to the release. 

Cost of the damage wasn't available. 

No one was injured in the fire.



At 23:16 on December 24, 2012 the Black River Falls Fire Department was paged by the Jackson County Emergency Dispatch Center for smoke coming from the Jackson County Highway Department Shop located at 23 Harrison Street in the City of Black River Falls. 

Upon arrival the Department found heavy black smoke coming from above the large overhead doors of the "State Vehicle" garage area of the building. Further investigation found flames that were visible through a window but due to the large amount of thick black smoke it was not known what was burning but it appeared to be a county dump truck – snow plow on fire. 

The window where the flames could be seen from was broken out and a hose stream was directed onto the fire for fire knock down.

 Upon entering the building it was found that a county dump truck parked in the building – garage had been on fire. The fire had extended into the roof of the building.

 The building has heavy smoke damage and the electrical service is also not working in the area of the fire. The vehicles in the garage area also have heavy smoke damage.

 A damage estimate to the vehicles and the structure is not known at this time. The dump truck chassis appears to be a total loss.

 The fire cause is also not known at this time but it appears to have started in the dump truck cab or engine compartment area.

The Department was on scene for 4.5 hours with four units and ten firefighters.

There were no reported injuries.

The Department was assisted on scene by the Black River Falls Police Department, Black River Falls City Utilities and We Energies.

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