Fire ignites in construction debris at Lone Rock business

Fire at Town & Country Sanitation in Lone Rock

A transfer station at Town & Country Sanitation in Lone Rock caught fire Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to the business just off Highway 14 at 10:42 a.m. when employees working in an office noticed smoke coming from the scene.

Officials said construction debris inside the building was on fire.

“We’re concerned with the smoke plume. Any time there’s debris, refuse and garbage, you could have some Styrofoam and stuff like that which can put some pollutants in the air,” said Darin Gudgeon, with Richland County Emergency Management. “It’s not very healthy for the public.”

Gudgeon said the company has done a good job of sorting the hazardous stuff out so emergency management feels it’s a minimal risk, but they did advise everyone near the smoke plume to shelter in place.

Firefighters from Spring Green and Richland Center were called to the scene. County emergency management officials and the DNR was also at the scene.

Gudgeon said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and the Lone Rock fire chief will continue to investigate the cause.

The company’s website said the transfer station was built in 2005 and that the complex takes up approximately 9 acres of land.