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Century-old Mequon barn burns in Christmas Day fire

Dec. 26, 2013

A 100-year-old barn in Mequon burned to the ground Christmas Day.

About a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze that broke out around 6 a.m. Dec. 25 at 11805 N. Farmdale Road. No one was injured in the fire. The structure is a complete loss, according to Mequon Fire Department Chief David Bialk.

There were about 20 cows inside the barn, though they were brought out safely by residents before crews arrived.

Because of the age of the wood, the structure burned quickly. However, firefighters did remain on-scene for seven hours, putting out hay bails that continued to smolder well into Christmas Day. Crews returned Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning to ensure any hot spots were contained.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Fire Departments that responded included: Mequon, Thiensville, North Shore, Germantown, Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, Saukville, Richfield, Menomonee Falls and Jackson.

"We needed a lot of water," Bialk said. "We had a lot of help from our neighbors and on a holiday we had a very good turnout from our own personnel."

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