UPDATE: Fire response level reaches 5-alarm plus 3 Special Alarms or “8-Alarm”
Wisconsin … WED JAN 30 2013 — Burlington Fire Department is responding to a Box Alarm to the fourth level for a structure fire at Echo Lake Foods, 33102 South Honey Lake Drive in Burlington, Wisconsin. Echo Lake Foods Inc. has a production plant for egg products, french toast, pancakes, crepes and blintzes at the location. The fire went to a 5th alarm at about 7:40 p.m. There is also a report of an ammonia tank(s) leaking and a HazMat response. At least two explosions also occurred during the fire.
All of approximately 200 workers at Echo Lake Food are accounted for. Some people walked to Aurora Memorial Hospital in Burlington with smoke inhalation.
Some evacuations were ordered for residences in the area because possible leaking ammonia. Winds at the height of the fire were from the Northwest ranging from 14 mph to 21 mph with gusts with gust to 29 mph, including light snow conditions. Air temperature was about 25°F at the time of the first fire call, and fell to a low of 12°F at about 6:55 a.m. The forecast high for today for Burlington, Wisconsin is 13°F with Wind Chill values between -5 and -10. Winds are forecast from the West today at 15-20 mph with 30 mph gusts with occasional light snow.
Kansasville, Lake Geneva, Lyons, Paris, Racine, South Shore, Wind Lake, Silver Lake, Union Grove, Waterford, Tichigan, Wheatland and others are mutual aid. During later responses, additional firefighters from as far as Long Grove, Illinois responded to the fire (see below maps).
Additional firefighters assisting Burlington Fire Department:
(Tender Strike Force (water tankers) from MABAS Division 101, Division 103, and 106)
(Engine Strike Force from MABAS Division 4 in Illinois)
(MABAS Task Force from Division 104)
Lake County, Illinois
Special Assistance/Canteen/Rehab Services
Milwaukee Fire Bells
Racine Fire Bells
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