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Sparta Area Fire District

A lightning strike at this rural Sparta home ignited several fires throughout the house. Contributed photos
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:22am
A Town of Sparta home sustained significant damage Thursday, April 11 after it was hit by lightning. Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold said his crew was dispatched to 4402 Highway 16 at shortly after 2 a.m. When Arnold arrived on scene the homeowners, Byron and Charlotte Schmitz, were...
Sparta firefighters extinguish a car fire at 811 Kent Street, Sparta, last Thursday. They also battled a shed blaze on Bedford Road on Sunday before being called out to a power pole on fire later that day. Contributed photos.
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:00am
On April 4, the Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported car fire at 811 Kent Street in the City of Sparta. When Fire Chief Mike Arnold arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed. Two nearby houses were wetted down because of the vehicle's proximity to them. The fire started in...
Firefighters douse a trailer carrying cornstarch that caught fire on I-90  west of Sparta. Contributed photo.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:33am
The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported semi trailer on fire at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday night on I-90 at mile post 34 westbound. When law enforcement arrived they reported that the tractor had been disconnected from the trailer and the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. The fire...
Sparta Area Fire District responded to a house fire in the Town of Angelo Wednesday morning. Contributed photo.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:35am
A pair of house fire calls and a fire alarm at Meadowview Middle School kept the Sparta Area Fire District busy this week. The call for the most serious fire came in shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold said his department was dispatched to a reported...
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:28am
A 51-year old Sparta man was killed in a snowmobiling accident north of Sparta Saturday. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, his department was called to 10060 Echo Road shortly after noon. The accident occurred on the trail north of that location and emergency responders had...
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:19am
The Sparta Finance Committee passed a resolution last Wednesday to allow the Sparta Area Fire District to borrow $1.7 million to purchase four new trucks. The resolution still has to be approved by the full council. All eight municipalities in the fire district have to approve the resolution before...
Sparta firefighters spent five hours battling a shed blaze in the Town of Angelo early Tuesday morning. Contributed photos.
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 9:13am
  The Sparta Area Fire District responded to a machine shed fire at 13651 County Highway Q in the Town of Angelo. When Chief Mike Arnold arrived at the scene shortly before 2 a.m., the shed was fully engulfed. Two nearby buildings were not threatened by the fire. Arnold said the driveway and the...
Firefighters arrive at 300 Milwaukee St. after responding to a car fire. Contributed photos.
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:04am
Tuesday wasn't a good day in the Sparta area for motorized vehicles. The Sparta Area Fire District responded to two separate incidents involving vehicle fires. The first was Tuesday at 2:12 p.m., when firefighters were called to 19340 Ideal Road in the Town of Leon to extinguish a tree harvester...
Brian T. Zillmer.
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:00am
On Feb. 11, at 6:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to 1050 County Highway S for a residence on fire that was reported by a neighbor. The residence and property was owned by Brian T. Zillmer, 42, of Black River Falls. Officers arrived on scene first at approximately 6:30 p.m. where they did not...
Brian T. Zillmer
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:11am
Authorities arrested a 42-year old Sparta man in connection with a Feb. 11 house fire in the Town of Little Falls. Investigators said the fire, at 1050 Cty. Hwy. S, was arson and they suspect Brian T. Zillmer, who was living at the home, of intentionally setting the blaze. At the time of the fire,...

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