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Posted January 31, 2013 EST

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80 Fire Departments Battle 8-Alarm Blaze In Wisconsin
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80 Fire Departments Battle 8-Alarm Blaze In Wisconsin

More than 300 firefighters and paramedics from 80 departments across two states battled an 8-alarm fire overnight at Echo Lake Farms Produce Company in Burlington, Wis. The fire broke out about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday was still smoldering this morning, with firefighters pouring water on hot spots, officials said.

"As of right now, we have departments from Racine to Milwaukee and Waukesha and Kenosha counties, and some from northern Illinois," said Burlington City Administrator Kevin Lahner.

The factory processes egg products, Lahner said. There was some "ammonia present" and a hazardous materials team from Racine was monitoring air quality around the site.

Ten homes and an apartment complex nearby were evacuated because of smoke, Lahner said, displacing about 50 people.

Fireghters were regularly checked for symptoms of cold exposure because of the frigid temperatures, Lahner said.

The plant covers about 70,000 square feet and is one of the town's largest employers, according to Lahner. The plant's 300 workers were told to stay home today.

Written and photos by Chicago Tribune

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