Early Sunday morning blaze destroys Regancrest barn

The Waukon Area Fire Protection District was called out Sunday morning, February 22 shortly after 3 a.m. to a barn fire at Regancrest Farm located at 1095 State Highway 9 north of Waukon. The barn located just behind the house at that address was reported as being fully engulfed, but the actions of the local volunteer firefighters helped save adjacent buildings and equipment. In addition to the roaring blaze that consumed the building, firefighters also had to battle with sub-zero temperatures made worse by consistent winds, all of which resulted in some of the fire department pumper trucks freezing up on occasion. Firefighters were on scene for nearly five hours fighting the blaze. No injuries were reported, but several calves and other items significant to the dairy were reported as lost in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Waukon firefighters were assisted by fire crews from neighboring communities of Lansing, Waterville and New Albin. Standard photo by Bob Beach.