8-alarm fire at Burlington plant contained; fire leaves 300 without work


by WDJT Staff

BURLINGTON -- Fire crews from more than 80 departments in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois put in more than 12 hours to put out a 8-alarm blaze at an Echo Lake Foods plant.

According the the Burlington Mayor Bob Miller, the fire broke out around 6:00 Wednesday evening. Second shift workers were in the building when the fire at Echo Lake Foods broke out, but they were all successfully evacuated.

The Burlington City Administrator tells CBS 58 that the fire is now contained and fire crews are continuing to work on hot spots. Fire crews used about two million gallons of water on this fire.

The Racine Hazmat Unit was called to the scene because of potentially flammable chemicals inside the plant. The chemicals have since been secured.

Mayor Miller said 50 residents from 10 homes and one apartment complex were forced to evacuate due to concerns about amonia getting into the air. That ended up not being a problem, and residents were allowed back into their homes

Mayor Miller says unemployment compensation people will assist the 300 employees displaced by this fire. He also says Racine Workforce Development will also be around to help the temporarily unemployed workers.

Echo Lake Foods is telling employees not to report for work, and every employee will be contacted by the company. Mayor Miller says he hopes the family that owns the Burlington plant rebuilds in his city.


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