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8-alarm fire rages at food plant in SE Wis

Published On: Jan 30 2013 09:08:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 12:40:36 PM CST

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BURLINGTON, Wis. -

More than 80 fire departments are battling an eight-alarm fire at a factory in southeastern Wisconsin.

The fire at the Echo Lake Foods processing plant in Burlington has been raging since 6 p.m. Wednesday. Burlington Mayor Bob Miller said the plant was evacuated safely. He also said there are no injuries either to employees or firefighters at this point.

At an early morning news conference Thursday, Miller said police have evacuated 10 homes in the area and one apartment building.

Hazardous materials handlers are at the scene because the plant has ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks. Miller said the area where the hazardous materials are stored has been secured.

With temperatures around 15 above, firefighters from a number of area counties are being rotated in to fight the fire.

Echo Lakes Foods produces eggs and egg products, as well as other breakfast products.

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