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One Year Later: Remembrance ceremony to be held Wednesday after deadly Sun Prairie explosion

Posted: 10:38 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 11:38:35-04
Gas explosion levels downtown Sun Prairie [PHOTOS]

SUN PRAIRIE — A remembrance ceremony will be held Wednesday for the natural gas explosion and fire that killed Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr.

It's scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. outside of Fire Station 1 at 135 N. Bristol Street in Sun Prairie. It's free for the public to attend.

On July 10, 2018, a subcontractor installing fiber communication lines hit a gas main, leading to the explosion. The gas rapidly ignited, sending a fireball into the night sky, and leveled at least two buildings. Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr was killed, and least a dozen other people were injured.

Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser is expected to speak at the ceremony, alongside fire chief Christopher Garrison and Abby Barr, the wife of the fallen fire captain.

Officials are expected to close Bristol Street at Main Street, Bristol Street at Cliff Street, and Columbus Street at Angell Street around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is expected to end by 7:30 p.m.