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Crews fight fire at Black River Falls lumber company

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - An early morning fire damages a woodworking company in Black River Falls.

According to a release from the Black River Falls Fire Department, they were called around 4:30 a.m. to the Hart Tie and Lumber Company for a fire in a sawdust bin.  The fire was found by a worker who tried to put the fire out using extinguishers.  The fire was by an auger used to move the sawdust from the bin to a boiler used for drying kilns for lumber.

Although firefighters put the fire out, there was a concern that embers might have spread the fire into the sawdust bin. After a thermal imaging camera showed no hot spots, firefighters left the company.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., firefighters were called back to the company for a report of flames coming out of the top of the metal sawdust bin.

The department used their aerial truck to pump nearly 60,000 gallons of water into the sawdust bin to finally put out the fire.

No damage estimate for the fire was given.

There were no injuries reported.  

The photos that accompany this story are from the Black River Falls Fire Department.

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