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No charges in Sun Prairie explosion that killed 1 firefighter

Posted: 11:26 AM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 15:37:02-05
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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — A police chief says there will be no criminal charges against anyone related to an explosion in southern Wisconsin that killed a firefighter and leveled several buildings.

Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said Thursday "There is not probable cause to believe a crime was committed."

Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr was killed in the July 10 explosion that destroyed a bar he owned, five other businesses and a home. Eleven other people were hurt, including five other firefighters and a police officer.

The explosion occurred after a subcontractor installing fiber communication lines struck a gas main. The gas ignited, sending a towering fireball into the night sky.

The police chief says the blast occurred after "incomplete and inaccurate information was exchanged and relied upon" by those working on the underground project.

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10:22 a.m.

Investigators are planning to announce the results of a criminal investigation into an explosion that leveled a city block and killed a firefighter in southern Wisconsin.

Sun Prairie police have scheduled a news conference Thursday to reveal the findings.

Firefighter Cory Barr was killed in the July 10 explosion that destroyed a bar he owned, five other businesses and a home in Sun Prairie, a city about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Madison. Several other emergency workers were hurt.

The explosion occurred after a subcontractor installing fiber communication lines struck a gas main. The gas ignited, sending a towering fireball into the night sky.

Court documents show a utility-location worker failed to properly mark a natural gas line prior to the explosion. The search warrant request showed investigators were looking for evidence to support a homicide charge in the case.