Cory Barr, Captain

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Captain Cory Barr responded with crews to a report of a natural gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After the firefighters, along with law enforcement, arrived on scene to investigate the source of the leak and evacuate the area, there was an explosion that leveled multiple buildings. Captain Barr suffered injuries after being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of the explosion and was transported by Sun Prairie EMS to UW Madison where he later passed away. A second firefighter was also injured in the explosion and is in critical, but stable, condition. A third firefighter with a minor injury was also admitted to a hospital. Three additional firefighters, one police officer, and seven civilians also suffered minor injuries.

Incident Location: 100 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 16T CN 20094 83570 (DD: 43.184, -89.214))

Department information

Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department
135 North Bristol Street
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590

Chief: Christopher Garrison

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 34
Rank: Captain
Classification: Paid-on-Call
Incident date: July 10, 2018 18:21
Date of death: July 10, 2018
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office