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Caught on camera: Explosion that killed Wisconsin Fire Captain Cory Barr

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Statement by Chief Anhalt Concerning the Explosion Investigation Disposition 

City of Sun Prairie Incident Detail Report 

State Fire Marshal Report 

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Ed Treleven, Wisconsin State Journal:

A criminal investigation into who was responsible for a massive explosion that leveled several buildings and killed a volunteer firefighter last July has concluded that no crime was committed, Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said Thursday.

Instead, police said, a broken chain of communication between utility contractors and subcontractors resulted in the location of a gas line being improperly marked prior to the July 10 explosion.

“There is not probable cause to believe a crime was committed,” Anhalt said at a news conference at Sun Prairie City Hall. “As a result, the investigation is now classified as inactive.”

Abigail Barr — the widow of Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Cory Barr, who was killed by the explosion — filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming VC Tech, Bear Communications, USIC Locating Services and WEC Energy Group, known as WE Energies, are responsible for Barr’s death in the explosion.

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