UPDATE: Mayor: Company Plans to Rebuild at Wisconsin Factory

UPDATE: Burlington Mayor Bob Miller says officials from the Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant would like to rebuild at their current site after last week's fire.

Miller says he met Monday with Echo Lake Foods owners and management as well as with officials from the state and Racine County.

He tells The Journal Times that 60 percent of the plant is still standing and usable.

The mayor says no timeline for rebuilding has been set.

About 300 workers were displaced after a fire broke out last Wednesday at the plant. The fire escalated to eight alarms, requiring fire assistance from across southeast Wisconsin as well as northern Illinois.

An investigation by the state fire marshal's office found no criminal intent, but the fire's cause and origin remain under investigation.


UPDATE: 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 says the plant was evacuated safely. He says 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 says 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.



BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Crews are battling a six-alarm fire at a food plant in Burlington.

The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. Wednesday at Echo Lake Farm Produce.

The Journal Times reports some residents in nearby homes are being evacuated because of heavy smoke. A spokesman for Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington says the hospital is treating a couple of walk-in patients for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters from Burlington and other area departments were called to the scene.

Echo Lake Farm Produce makes egg products and breakfast-style entrees.


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