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UPDATE: Damage from Echo Lake Fire Pegged at $40 Million

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 3/11 at 9:13 a.m.

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A fire that caused extensive damage at a Burlington food-processing plant in January caused damage worth an estimated $40 million.

A Journal Times of Racine report says the fire occurred in an older part of the Echo Lake Foods building that was built before sprinklers were required.

A Burlington Fire Department incident report says the company was in full compliance with state code. It says the parts of the 70,000-square-foot building built after the 1940s were properly protected by a sprinkler system.

No one was hurt in the Jan. 30 fire. The blaze destroyed about one-third of the plant, and firefighters from eight departments worked for more than 35 hours to put it out.

The company says it will rebuild on site. No timetable has been set.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 1/30 at 10:05 p.m.

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- 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.


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