MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today declared a State of Emergency for the City of Sun Prairie and Dane County due to the explosion that destroyed portions of downtown Sun Prairie. The executive order directs state agencies to continue to provide aid to the community and its citizens as they recover following last week’s devastating fire.
“My thoughts and prayers continue with the people of Sun Prairie. This declaration will ensure state agencies provide whatever assistance is needed to help the community rebuild and to help families impacted recover. Together we are all part of #SunPrairieStrong,” said Governor Walker.
On July 10, 2018, a contractor cut into a pipe that was carrying natural gas underneath downtown Sun Prairie. An explosion leveled a city block, killing Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter Captain Cory Barr. Several people lost their homes and dozens of businesses were impacted by the Sun Prairie explosion.