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Fire crews battle large blaze at New Berlin business filled with hazardous chemicals

NOW: Fire crews battle large blaze at New Berlin business filled with hazardous chemicals


NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Crews from ten departments battled a large fire at plant in New Berlin early Tuesday, May 19. 

Firefighters were called to Lincoln Industries -- near S. 166th St. and W. Dakota Ave.-- around 3 a.m., after a mechanical device failed and caused the fire. 

Ten departments fought the blaze for several hours, and officials say it was difficult because of the layout of the building. 

The fire made it through the roof of the building causing thick smoke to pour out for hours. 

Two employees were in the building at the time, but were able to get out on their own safey. 

The New Berlin Fire Department assistant chief said the City of Waukesha Hazmat Team was called out because the company does chrome and metal plating. 

"They have a lot chemicals, tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous chemicals in here. We did have quite a large smoke plume so that caused us to initiate shutting down all the businesses in this area West of this building. We evacuated from 166th Street, the corner of the building on, all the way to Calhoun Road,” New Berlin Assistant Fire Chief Ross Gscheidmeier said.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating because of the chemicals that spilled as a result of the fire. 

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Bianca 16 days ago
this owner had good changes i hear, but in general this building was was so small on the inside for everything they had crammed in there. To all my old co workers god bless glad you all are safe.
Bianca 16 days ago
used to be known as Southwest metal now Lincoln industries after it was bought out. i worked at this place 5 years, the owner was shit very cheap, own another building down the road on Calhoun closed that down and crammed all employees in one building. I'm glad no one was working the night shift like they used to that would have been terrible the layout on the inside was so bad a 2 story building with lower level full of chemicals.Disaster waiting to happen.
Chris 16 days ago
It's bad, we had blinding smoke rolling in our parking lot today. I think the rain and humidity kept the smoke at head level.
Lawrence Chris 16 days ago
What company is that?
Bianca Lawrence 16 days ago
used to be south west metel finishing now known as Lincoln industries they were bought out.
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