1 person unaccounted for at Baraboo house fire, officials say

BARABOO, Wis. - One person is unaccounted for after crews extinguished a house fire near Baraboo Friday morning, according to officials.

Emergency crews were sent to the fire on Terrytown Road just east of Cornfield Drive at around 7:20 a.m., officials said.

Crews found the single-family home engulfed in flames.

There were more than 30 firefighters at the scene fighting the fire, according to a release. Officials said the fire was put out around 8 a.m.

Officials said that one member of the home was still unaccounted for as of Friday afternoon. They could not say how many people lived in the house, but confirmed people were inside at the time of the fire.

“The condition of the house is very difficult, and firefighters are working very delicately and as quickly as they can to get to the bottom of what's going on,” Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf  said on behalf of the Baraboo Fire Deptartment. "They're going to go very systematic, piece by piece to determine if there is a person in the residence."

Officials told News 3 Now the spring weather made it difficult for vehicles to get up the unpaved driveway because the ground is soft.

"Tankers full of water, you figure 8 pounds to the gallon, a 2,500-pound tanker, you try to take that up a driveway that isn't paved, it's going to sink,” Schauf said. “So they had to get the water up there by hose."

Schauf said it was too early to say if the home had fire detectors, but said this is a good opportunity to remind everyone to check their alarms at home.

"Any time you have a possibility of somebody getting caught in the house, smoke detectors work to get people out," he said.

The state fire marshals have been called to assist Baraboo Fire Department and Sauk County officials with the investigation.

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