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COPY-UPDATE: Burlington 8-alarm fire now contained

BURLINGTON (WKOW) -- The fire at Burlington's Echo Lake Foods plant has been contained, and evacuated residents are now allowed to return home.

The fire broke out around 6:00 Wednesday evening and quickly increased to an 8-alarm blaze, requiring firefighters from more than 80 fire departments from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Burlington Mayor Bob Miller says hazardous-materials handlers have secured the area where chemical tanks are stored.  State emergency officials say there was a "minor release" of ammonia residue from pipes, and they're monitoring air quality.




BURLINGTON (WKOW) -- Crews from more than 80 fire departments are still helping with an eight-alarm fire at a plant in Burlington.

The fire at Echo Lake Foods processing plant started around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. It was still burning strongly Thursday morning.

During a news conference Thursday, Burlington Mayor Bob Miller says police had to evacuate 10 homes in the area and one apartment building.

Hazardous materials handlers are keeping tabs on the plant's ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks. Miller says the area where the hazardous materials are stored has been secured.


BURLINGTON (WKOW) -- A fire at a Burlington frozen foods manufacturing company has been upgraded to eight alarms.

The blaze broke out around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Echo Lake Foods. Fire crews from four counties have responded. Dane County Communications tells WKOW it sent fire personnel and equipment to help. WISN-TV in Milwaukee reports firefighters from Burlington, Rochester, Kansasville, Union Grove, Waterford, Raymond, Lake Geneva, Twin Lakes, and Waukesha were among those called to the scene. Additional assistance was requested from East Troy and Elkhorn.

WISN-TV says about 80 residents in some of the homes surrounding the plan were evacuated because of concerns about chemicals in the building, including ammonia and liquid oxygen. Several people showed up at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington with smoke inhalation, WISN reports.

Burlington's mayor says the plant is the city's third largest employer, with more than 300 people working on three shifts. Echo Lake Foods makes egg products and breakfast-style entrees.
WISN reports there's still no word on where the fire started inside the plant, but say workers on the second shift did try to put it out, and couldn't. The building was then evacuated.


BURLINGTON (WKOW) -- Firefighters are taking on a big fire at a food company in southeast Wisconsin.

The fire started after 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Echo Lake Farm Produce in Burlington.

It's being classified as a five-alarm fire, meaning they called in fire crews from several other departments, and some local departments in Dane County have been put on stand-by to help.

People living nearby were evacuated because of heavy smoke.

The local hospital in Burlington is treating a few patients for smoke inhalation.

Echo Lake makes egg products and breakfast-style entrees.

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