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July 19, 2018

7/10/2018 7:28:00 AM
Phelps barn burns on the Fourth
Cause for the blaze unknown; no one injured

Brian Jopek

Personnel with fire departments from five different towns - one from Michigan's Upper Peninsula - were called to a structure fire in the town of Phelps on the Fourth of July.

According to a press release from the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, the dispatch center received a wireless 911 call at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday reporting an unoccupied barn on fire on Arbour Court in the town of Phelps.

By the time first reponders arrived at the scene, the barn was fully engulfed in flame. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Gerard Ritter, a captain with the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday whatever ignited the fire, it wasn't obvious.

"It's my understanding the barn didn't have any livestock or any hay or anything like that," he said. "It was used mainly for storage purposes."

Phelps, Conover, Land O' Lakes, St. Germain and Watersmeet, Mich., all had fire personnel respond to the call.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.

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