Firefighters battle two blazes Tuesday

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CLINTON—Multiple fire departments battled fires in the town of Clinton in Rock County and in the town of Sharon in Walworth County on Tuesday morning.

Sixteen fire departments responded to a shed fire at 12701 E. Stateline Road in the town of Clinton. The shed completely destroyed.

The fire was reported at 5:23 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Clinton Fire Department news release. The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported. Sixty-six firefighters were on scene for about four and a half hours.

A passerby noticed flames from the road before stopping and waking up the homeowner, Jill Johnson. Johnson advised fire officials that truck equipment was housed in the 30-by-100-foot shed, according to scanner chatter.

Some of the belongings in the shed included a vehicle, tractor collection, several TVs, shop tools and equipment, and toy truck, according to the release. A complete inventory and damage estimate was not available Tuesday.

Town of Sharon firefighters were dispatched at 8:12 a.m. to a fire at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday at a home at 111 South St. in Sharon. The owner of the home was identified as Mike Hornby, said Sharon Fire Department Chief Bruce Vanderveen.

The fire started in a second floor bedroom and caused $80,000 in damages, Vanderveen said. Smoke and flames were coming from two upstairs windows when Vanderveen arrived on scene, he said.

Smoke and fire damaged the second floor, and smoke and water damaged the first floor, he said.

Thirty firefighters from 10 fire departments, including those that responded to the Clinton fire, helped extinguish the blaze. Crews put out the fire in 50 minutes and left at 11 a.m., the Vanderveen said.

One person was treated and released at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, for minor burns. Residents of the home are staying with family, Vanderveen said.

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