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NEW INFORMATION: Fire at SE Wis. food processing plant contained

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A fire at a food processing plant in southeastern Wisconsin has been contained. And, local residents who'd been evacuated have been allowed to return home.

The fire broke out Wednesday evening at the Echo Lake Foods plant in Burlington. Police evacuated about 50 people who live near the plant, and they were allowed to return home Thursday morning.

No injuries have been reported.

Burlington Mayor Bob Miller says hazardous-materials handlers have secured the area where chemical tanks are stored. State emergency officials say there was a "minor release" of ammonia residue from pipes, and they're monitoring air quality.

Firefighters from more than 80 fire departments from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois took turns fighting the raging blaze. Fire officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- More than 80 fire departments are battling an eight-alarm fire at a factory in southeastern Wisconsin.

The fire at the Echo Lake Foods processing plant in Burlington has been raging since 6 p.m. Wednesday. Burlington Mayor Bob Miller says the plant was evacuated safely. He says there are no injuries either to employees or firefighters at this point.

At an early morning news conference Thursday, Miller said police have evacuated 10 homes in the area and one apartment building.

Hazardous materials handlers are at the scene because the plant has ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks. Miller says the area where the hazardous materials are stored has been secured.

With temperatures around 15 above, firefighters from a number of area counties are being rotated in to fight the fire.

Echo Lakes Foods produces eggs and egg products, as well as other breakfast products.


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