Firefighters Battle Massive WI Factory Fire

Eighty fire departments and more than 300 firefighters and paramedics battled a multi-alarm fire on Wednesday at Echo Lake Farms Produce Company in Burlington, Wisconsin.

The Chicago Tribune ( reports that fire broke out about 6:05 p.m. yesterday and was still smoldering this morning. Firefighters from both Wisconsin and Illinois operated in frigid temperatures at the factory, which processes egg products. An official said there was some “ammonia present” and a hazardous materials team was monitoring air quality at the scene.

Ten homes and an apartment complex nearby were evacuated because of smoke.

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For more on firefighting concerns at factories, consider FACTORY INSPECTION TRIPS, Fireground Size-Up For Factory and Warehouse Fires, and Air Monitoring on the Fireground : A Necessity, Not an Option.

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