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Massive food factory fire out

More than 300 firefighters from 102 departments battled the blaze for nearly 24 hours

By FireRescue1 Staff

BURLINGTON, Wis. — It took more than 300 firefighters from 102 fire departments the better part of a day to get a handle on an eight-alarm fire at a frozen food factory. And they did it with no reported injuries.

Fire officials told local media outlets that firefighters worked in 5-hour shifts to keep from spending too much time in the freezing cold and high winds. Some firefighters used tarps to create makeshift windscreens on their rigs.

Investigation into the cause of the fire and extent of its damages is now under way.

According to the Sun-Times, the plant sprawled across 70,000 square feet. Hazardous materials teams were on site due to the ammonia and liquid oxygen. Fire-suppression measures and the plant's safety systems prevented its ammonia from leaking.

The fire was restricted mainly to the production area of the plant, Burlington Fire Chief Richard Lodle told the Associated Press. The warehouse area was separated by fire walls and was not burned, he said.

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Ron Handke Ron Handke Saturday, February 02, 2013 2:08:09 PM Outstanding job well done, the job took working together. Thanks to the Food Company for having safety measure in place that probably save lives.
Dean Fryda Dean Fryda Saturday, February 02, 2013 2:54:23 PM This fire was an incredible testament to how well the MABAS system works. Hopefully this will inspire more fire departments around the country to join. Hats off to everyone involved, and best of all, no one was injured!
Dean Fryda Dean Fryda Saturday, February 02, 2013 2:59:19 PM I would also like to thank ALL the local businesses for donating everything from food and shelter to hand warmers to help keep everyone safe and as comfortable as possible!
Azman Sardi Azman Sardi Saturday, February 02, 2013 7:21:41 PM Well done to all the fire fighter that involve in this incident , nevertheless we should look in to the welfare of those who lost their job.
Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Sunday, February 03, 2013 1:38:02 PM while he loss of property and the bruise to the local economy is a major issue, what testimony to the members with in th IC and all the firefighters involved to have taken care of each other.............job well done a lesson for all of us to learn.

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