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Governor, union president honor Capt. Cory Barr, victim of Sun Prairie explosion

Governor, union president honor Capt. Cory Barr, victim of Sun Prairie explosion Governor, union president honor Capt. Cory Barr, victim of Sun Prairie explosion
Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 23:30

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - A firefighter was killed, at least a dozen other people were injured and at least two buildings were leveled when a contractor ruptured a natural-gas line in Sun Prairie on Tuesday evening.

Police received a report of a gas leak around 6:21 p.m. and started to evacuate the downtown Sun Prairie area. "I don't think his legacy is going to be forgotten, and I think the spirit that he embodies is essentially the spirit of Sun Prairie, and Sun Prairie's going to get through this as a community".

WE Energies spokeswoman Amy Jahns said workers for a private contractor punctured a 4-inch gas main, causing a leak that resulted in the explosion that rained burning debris on downtown Sun Prairie and set vehicles parked nearby on fire.

Wisconsin is remembering fallen Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter Captain Cory Barr, who died responding to Tuesday night's gas explosion.

Konopacki said the firefighters and officer were taken to a hospital.

Barr had been with the department at least 10 years, Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison said.

The blast that occurred in Sun Prairie at around 7.15pm ignited a fire that sent billowing smoke that could be seen for miles around. The benefit account was started by the family's church in Sun Prairie.

Several buildings were significantly damaged, and there is no timetable yet for when people will be allowed back in the half-mile radius/evacuation zone.

Barr was 2002 Sun Prairie High School graduate. As of 2:15 p.m. on July 11, the fundraiser had exceeded its goal - $20,184 of $15,000. He said they both served on a downtown business committee. "He'd give the shirt off his back", wife Abby Barr said. Cory Barr told The Star in November 2016 that it was his dream come true. She said the girls would run up to him screaming "Daddy's home!" whenever he walked through the door.

Andy Gay, a WMTV employee, said: "Our whole house shook".

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