SUN PRAIRIE: ONE YEAR LATER
A WKOW TV 27 News special presentation looking back on the stories of heroism and resilience that began with the deadly explosion July 10, 2018 in Sun Prairie and continues
At a remembrance ceremony Wednesday night, Sun Prairie mayor Paul Esser and fire chief Chris Garrison each took to the podium to share their thoughts on how the community has responded to last year’s explosion
In the crowd of hundreds gathered around the Sun Prairie Fire Department Wednesday evening, were the staff and residents of the Sun Prairie Health Care Center.
RECOVERY AND REBUILDING
“I had my daughter in some therapy and my son too,” Pagel said. “Just to kind of talk through some things. So it took a couple of months for them to get back on track.”
The Sun Prairie community gathered the evening of July 10, 2019, to marke the anniversary of the devastating gas main explosion that killed Firefighter Capt. Cory Barr, injured two others and leveled a large portion of downtown Sun Prairie.
Several first responders are looking back at the moments before and after the July 10, 2018 explosion.
The work to get the victims of the Sun Prairie explosion back on their feet took the help of the whole community. Dozens of fundraisers started up almost immediately , raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As people remember the explosion that killed a firefighter and leveled downtown Sun Prairie businesses, they’re finding ways to support their community one year later.
After a deadly explosion leveled buildings in downtown Sun Prairie, some businesses were able to bounce back after losing everything.
While a definitive answer is still too be determined, plans are in the works.
Photos: Deadly explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, July 10, 2018
In the days, weeks and months that would follow, Esser found himself with a responsibility much larger than being mayor.
Hundreds of gas line breaks take place annually, but few snowball into a full-blown emergency.