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UPDATE: Two structure fires result in substantial losses

Courtesy: Mindy Hosler Courtesy: Mindy Hosler
Courtesy: Mindy Hosler Courtesy: Mindy Hosler
Courtesy: Mindy Hosler Courtesy: Mindy Hosler
Courtesy: Mindy Hosler Courtesy: Mindy Hosler
DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dane County officials, along with multiple fire departments, spent Tuesday fighting two structure fires in southwestern Dane County.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office says the first fire was at 1301 Highway 69 in the town of Montrose around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say a barn, two attached sheds and one detached shed being used to store milking equipment, are a total loss. The damage is estimated at approximately $350,000. 
Authorities say no one was injured in the fire and no livestock were in the barn at the time. 
Highway 69 was shut down for several hours, but deputies expected it to be open by about 2:00 p.m.

Around 11:22 a.m. a second fire was reported at 1145 Highway 78 in the town of Perry. Officials say a mobile home was engulfed in flames when deputies and firefighters arrived. 

The home is being considered a total loss, with a value of approximately $30,000.

Authorities say the exact cause of these fires has not yet been determined, however they say in both instances the property owners were working to thaw frozen pipes. 

With the extremely cold weather, the Dane County Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to use caution when thawing frozen pipes. Officials say using an open flame can be extremely dangerous. 

Authorities say other options to thaw pipes include: electric heat tape, hot water, or a hair dryer. They say these methods may take longer, but they are far less dangerous.

BELLEVILLE (WKOW) -- Multiple units are on scene of a fire in Belleville involving multiple barns.
Dane County officials say Belleville, along with other departments, are on scene at 1301 Highway 69.
No more information is being released at this time.
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