David Buhrow captured this photo of his parents, Jerry and Christine Loehrke of Weyauwega, as they watched firefighters work to extinguish the Dec. 4 fire that destroyed two barns, nearly a dozen tractors, other machinery and tools. The Poy Sippi Fire Department responded to the fire and requested assistance from 10 other departments due to high winds, the need for water and manpower.

11 fire departments respond to fire on Dec. 4

The Poy Sippi Fire Department requested assistance from 10 other departments for a large barn fire at N7079 North County Road A, Weyauwega, Town of Saxeville, at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.

According to Poy Sippi Fire Chief Tom Marini, the fire started from a tractor in a shed owned by Jerry and Christine Loehrke. Due to strong winds, the flames ignited a second building and both were engulfed when the Poy Sippi Fire Department arrived.

With the winds blowing flames and sparks onto the house and the need for more water and firefighters to control the blaze, the Poy Sippi Fire Department requested assistance from 10 other departments, stated Marini. The departments that also responded included: West Bloomfield, Saxeville, Weyauwega, Fremont, Wild Rose, Waupaca, Redgranite, Berlin, Winneconne and Wautoma. The Waushara County Emergency Medical Services as well as the American Red Cross also assisted.

According to their son David Buhrow’s Facebook page, “no animals were harmed and no one was injured; however, the fire destroyed all of the equipment used to feed the cattle and perform daily chores as well as the buildings that housed it.”

Buhrow added that most of the equipment that was lost was covered by insurance and will be replaced; however, the barns were underinsured due to their age. The couple plans to rebuild, but as to when is up in the air and will depend on the final settlement.

Buhrow and his wife, Charity, set up a GoFundMe Page to help with rebuilding. For more information or to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/putt-putt-acres-fire.

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