The dumpster contained sawdust and waste wood. When the fire broke out, it caught the overhang and then spread into the metal building, Bindl said. He said he's not sure yet how the fire started, and there's no damage estimate, but Bindl said damages will probably run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Four employees were cleaning up for the night when the fire started and were safely evacuated, Bindl said. The plant makes seats for riding lawn mowers and all-terrain vehicles.
About 75 volunteer firefighters from Richland Center, Lone Rock, Muscoda, Cazenovia, Viola and Spring Green helped with the effort, which was complicated by the frigid weather.
"We had a lot of problems with breathing apparatus because they were freezing up," Bindl said.
He said one Richland Center firefighter suffered a mild concussion when he slipped on the ice and hit his head; another suffered from dehydration and smoke inhalation. Both were treated at Richland Center Hospital and released.
Bindl said firefighters were at the scene until 8:30 a.m. Saturday, emptying pallets of products from the damaged building.
Written by Wisconsin State Journal