Mutual Aid Called to Ethanol Plant fire in Monroe

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MONROE (WIFR) -- An early morning fire broke out at the Badger State Ethanol Plant in Monroe, Wisconsin.

Just before 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, employees at the Badger State Ethanol Plant, located on West 17th Street in Monroe, called 911 to report a fire in the duct system at the plant.

Fire Chief Daryl Rausch, the first fire unit on scene reported seeing flames coming from the seams in the roof duct piping and at that time called in a MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) alert, bringing in units from 12 other surrounding departments.

No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to the duct system. Part of the process at the plant involves corn grain and the corn grain dust was what the fire was contained to. There was no danger of the ethanol being involved.

By 5:45 p.m., nearly three hours after the initial call, the mutual aid was sent home and the plant was able to receive grain and send ethanol.

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