Wind Gusts Suspect In Hillsboro Debris Fire
On Tuesday, March 9, at approximately 4:00P.M., the Hillsboro Police Department was dispatched to 524 High Avenue in Hillsboro regarding reports of a fire.
When law enforcement arrived on scene, they discovered a large pile of scrap building materials in the backyard of the property that were actively burning. Reports indicate that the fire had spread to the neighboring residence.
An employee of Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics had observed the fire and responded to the scene, locating a garden hose and attempting to hold the flames back from spreading further. The Hillsboro Fire Department arrived and were able to extinguish the fire, saving the residence from being lost.
Following an investigation into the fire, officers determined that Catherine Klang of Hillsboro had been burning scrap wood in her yard earlier in the day. It is believed that gusting winds caused the pile to reignite after she believed that the flames had been extinguished.
The Hillsboro Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Hillsboro Fire Department, Vernon County Communications Center, Community Antenna System, and Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics. The Hillsboro Police Department would also like to extend a sincere thank-you to the citizens who offered their assistance to the responders working on the scene.