65 Firefighters Battle Dust Collector Fire at Wis. Plant65 Firefighters Battle Dust Collector Fire at Wis. Plant
July 10, 2018
A dust collector fire at a Lake Dalton, WI wood products and furniture plant on Monday afternoon drew more than 65 firefighters from 11 fire departments, local news reports said.
Crews made their way to the Waterman Log Crafters facility at about 1:30 p.m. after heat activated a box alarm, Madison, WI-based NBC News affiliate WMTV reported. Upon arrival, fire personnel discovered smoke and flames coming from equipment used to produce logs, according to coverage by Madison, WI-based television news station WISC.
Lake Dalton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson told WISC that crews were prepared for a “worst-case scenario,” including an explosion.
“The fire was contained to the dust collector, there were no injuries, the building sustained minor smoke damage and they’ll be open tomorrow, so that’s a win-win for everybody,” Chief Jorgenson said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Waterman Log Crafters’ 30,000-sq-ft plant in Lake Dalton produces log and wood furniture, according to the company’s website.
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