JJ Watt donates $10,000 to family of firefighter who died in Sun Prairie explosion

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - Former Wisconsin Badgers football star JJ Watt donated $10,000 to the family of the firefighter who died in a Sun Prairie explosion, according to a log of donations on the GoFundMe page. 

Among the pouring in of donations from members of the community, a single donation from Justin Watt covered the majority of the $15,000 goal.

But Watt was not the only one to support the Barr family. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Barr family had raised more than $45,000, tripling their goal. 

Watt has not publicly acknowledged the donation on social media or responded to a request from News 3 for confirmation of his donation. 


Cory Barr owned the Barr House and was the captain of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department. Abby Barr was the co-owner of The Barr House with her husband Cory, who died Tuesday night after an explosion that leveled their business.

Abby says Cory went to check on a gas leak near the business in downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday night to figure out what was wrong as other firefighters evacuated people to safety. She said the explosion went off and Barr was pronounced dead after being airlifted to UW Hospital.

The Barrs have two daughters and they are 3-year-old twins. 

If you would like to donate to the Barr family, here is the link to their GoFundMe page

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