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article image80 Fire departments battle 8-alarm blaze in Wisconsin

By Eric Morales     Jan 31, 2013 in World
Burlington - Over 300 firefighters and paramedics from 80 departments across two states faced down an eight alarm fire at a produce farm in Burlington.

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Citizens who were forced to evacuate due to a fire at the Echo Lake Foods plant in southeastern Wisconsin, have been allowed to return home, as well the fire in Burlington is reported to be contained by the Wisconsin State Journal.
No injuries have been reported after the fire which started around 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday night. Police had to evacuate 50 people from there homes, as over 300 firefighters and paramedics were called in from 80 departments from not only Wisconsin but also from northern Illinois.
“As of right now, we have departments from Racine to Milwaukee and Waukesha and Kenosha counties, and some from northern Illinois,” said Burlington City Administrator Kevin Lahner.
The Echo Lake Foods plant processes eggs, ammonia was found to have been released from pipes at the plant, and a hazmat team based in Raccine was called in. The hazmat team has been tasked with monitoring the air quality in the area, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Burlington City Administrator Kevin Lahner also stated that the evacuation involved ten homes, as well as an apartment complex, which were affected by smoke.
The plant is a major employer for the small town of over 10,000 residents, all employees were told to stay home from work today due to the blaze.
As firefighters were battling the blaze they had to be routinely checked for cold exposure due to frigid temperatures in the teens.
Mayor Bob Miller stated that the amount of ammonia released from the Echo Lake Foods plant was "minor." The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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