Friday, January 15, 2021
Sparta Fire Protection District firefighters work to contain a grass fire along Canine Road in the Town of Little Falls last Sunday afternoon. The blaze, which started while the landowner was burning debris, burned about an acre and a half. Contributed photo.

Sparta FD responds to a trio of calls last week

The Sparta Fire Department was called to a pair of fires and a fuel leak on last week.

According to Chief Mike Arnold, the latest call – which closed one late of I-90 several hours - came over the weekend.

“The Sparta Area Fire District was called to I-90 mile post 28 eastbound Saturday afternoon for a reported semi unit leaking fuel.

Arnold said the semi was pulled over on the shoulder leaking large amounts of diesel fuel when he arrived at the scene.

“The drive shaft on the semi tractor became detached and in the process, severed the fuel tank. The tractor also lost large amounts of fuel in the driving lane on I-90 and the eastbound lane was closed for three hours as crews worked to clean up the spill,” offered Arnold, who estimated between 150 and 200 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled.

“The unit had just left Minnesota, so both tanks were full. The trailer contained dairy products,” he added.

Arnold said his department had issues stopping the leak because of the severity of the damage to the tank and the fact that the second tank was feeding fuel into the damaged tank.

“Approximately one-eighth mile of the driving lane had to be cleaned up from where the tank was damaged to where the unit pulled over,” he said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County 911 Center and PER Towing assisted at the scene.

Arnold said his department was called out to a grass fire in the Town of Little Falls on last Sunday, March 15.

Arnold said the call came in at 3:16 p.m.

“The landowner was burning debris and it got out of control,” offered Arnold, who added that the address was 7367 Canine Road. “It burned an acre and a half.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources out of Black River Falls was called to assist at the scene of the blaze, which burned about an acre and a half.

Arnold said his department was on the scene battling the fire for about an hour and 20 minutes.

The department battled a second fire two days later.

“The forest fire was on Tuesday, May 17, and 7032 Hammond Avenue in the Town of Sparta,” offered Arnold. “The landowner was burning cardboard boxes. The fire got out of control, burned up the hillside and into the woods. It burned about a half acre.”

Arnold said his department was on the scene of the second fire for an hour and a half.

He said conditions were dry for both fires, but the rain and snow the area received later in the week should help for the time being.

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1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
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