Medford Firefighters Deal With 2 Barn Fires Amid Intense Heat 5/30/18
One of the most intense workouts for a rural firefighter is dealing with a barn fire. With temperatures near 90 degrees and intense humidity, Medford firefighters have dealt with their second barn fire in two days.
Monday night, May 28, they were called to the Matt Bunkelman barn fire on Settlement Drive in the Town of Chelsesa. Efforts from that fire were completed about 4 AM Tuesday.
Then, just before noon on Tuesday, May 29, Medford firefighters were called to the Rich Wirz home at 267 Allman Street for an electrical fire. Several walls and ceilings were breached to get at the hotspots in the electrical system. Preliminary estimates of damage to the Rich Wirz home were placed at $40,000. Efforts at the electrical fire were completed at about 3:30 PM Tuesday.
Less than 3 hours later at 6:19 PM Medford’s fire department was called to another barn fire, this one was at N3721 Castle Drive just west of Medford. The barn is owned by Bruce Poehler. When firefighters arrived the barn was fully engulfed in flames. The Stetsonville Fire Department assisted with water tanker trucks and manpower. The Bruce Poehler 36 by 80 foot barn was totally destroyed. Cause of the fire was possibly power tools in the hay mow.