Archive for January 31st, 2013

13-Alarm Fire in Burlington, WI 1-30-13 (pt3)

From Tim Olk:

Rundown of companies that responded to the 13 Alarm fire in Burlington, WI at Echo Lake Foods. (MABAS Division 102 Box 920-21)

In all, 92 departments responded from Wisconsin and Illinois.

  • City of Burlington
  • Town of Burlington
  • Rochester
  • Raymond
  • Union Grove
  • Kansasville
  • Tichigan
  • Wind Lake
  • Waterford
  • South Shore
  • City of Racine
  • Bristol
  • Town of Salem
  • Silver Lake
  • Wheatland
  • Pleasant Prairie
  • Somers
  • Paris
  • Twin Lakes
  • Town of Waukesha
  • New Berlin
  • Lisbon
  • Lannon
  • Eagle
  • Big Bend
  • Vernon
  • Mukwonago
  • Town of Brookfield
  • Menominee Falls
  • Wales
ROCK COUNTY - MABAS Div 104: (7)
  • Edgerton
  • Evansville
  • Clinton
  • Milton
  • Turtle
  • Beloit
  • Janesville
  • Lauderdale
  • LaGrange
  • Lake Geneva
  • Elkhorn
  • Lyons
  • Sharon
  • East Troy
  • Bloomfield
  • Linn
  • Walworth
  • Fontana
  • Bloomfield
  • City of Delavan
DANE COUNTY - MABAS Div 115: (6)
  • Middleton
  • Blooming Grove
  • Fitchburg
  • Verona
  • Stoughton
  • Deerfield
  • Greendale
  • Greenfield
  • Wauwatosa
  • West Allis
  • South Milwaukee
  • North Shore
  • Hales Corners
  • Jefferson
  • Watertown
  • Palmyra
  • Helenville
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Countryside
  • Antioch
  • Waukegan
  • Long Grove
  • Wauconda
  • Knollwood
  • Newport
  • Huntley
  • McHenry
  • Cary
  • Richmond
  • Woodstock
  • Harvard
  • Marengo
  • Paratech
  • Racine Fire Bells
  • Milwaukee Fire Bells
  • Waterford Fuel
  • S&J Bus Service
  • Racine Haz-Mat
  • Racine Arson Investigation Team
  • Wisconsin State Fire Marshall
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms
  • SE Wisconsin Incident Command Management Team

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13-Alarm Fire in Burlington, WI 1-30-13 (pt2)

Here is a video and some images from Larry Shapiro from the 13-alarm fire in Burlington WI overnight.

Pierce fire engine drafting from lake

Big Bend, WI engine drafting from Echo Lake. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engine drafting from lake

Another view of the Big Bend, WI engine drafting from Echo Lake. Larry Shapiro photo


Pierce engine pumping at winter fire

Wauconda engine pumping in-line. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce quint with elevated master stream

Wheatland, WI quint working in Sector D. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce tower ladder with elevated master stream

Lake Geneva tower ladder working in Sector A. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE engine drafting from portable tank

Kansasville, WI engine drafting from a portable tank. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE engine drafting from portable tank

Lake Geneva tower ladder visible in the background being supplied by the Kansasville engine. Larry Shapiro photo

fire engines drafting from portable tanks

Kansasville and Burlington engines drafting in Sector A. Larry Shapiro photo

fire tanker dumping water into portable tank

A tanker dumping at the D Sector water supply. Larry Shapiro photo

large chemical storage tanks at industrial fire scene

Several of the chemical storage tanks that were threatened. Larry Shapiro photo

fire tender dumping water into portable tank

Another tanker working in Sector D. Larry Shapiro photo

fire department tanker at fire scene

Lyons Township, WI tanker turning around to access the portable tanks. Larry Shapiro photo

fire chief covered with ice

Kansasville Assistant Chief working Sector D. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce top-mount engine pumping at winter fire

A Burlington engine pumping in-line to supply a master stream. Larry Shapiro photo

HME fire engine drafting from portable tank

Town of Burlington engine drafting from the portable tanks along the southside of the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro has a gallery with images from the Echo Lake Foods fire


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13-Alarm Fire in Burlington, WI 1-30-13

A large fire broke out just after 6PM last night at the Echo Lake Foods facility at 33102 South Honey Lake Road in Burlington, WI.

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The fire building was one of a series of six buildings inter-connected at the facility that processes the following according to the company website:

We are passionate in our commitment to producing the best quality egg products and breakfast-style entrees.

As such, the facility has large amount of ammonia and liquid oxygen. As of 5AM Friday, (11 hours into the incident), NBC TMJ4 reported the following:

BURLINGTON – An eight-alarm fire has gone into its 13th hour of burning out of control Thursday morning at the Echo Lake Foods processing plant in Burlington.

“There still is active fire.  It is not contained at this point,” said Fire Chief Richard Lodle during a 5 a.m. news conference Thursday which aired live on TODAY’S TMJ4.

More than 80 fire departments and 200 firefighters have given their assistance to the Burlington Fire Department.

The Burlington Police Department evacuated 10 homes and an apartment building, assisting about 50 people.

The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, and is at 33102 N. Honey Lake Road in Burlington, the site of Echo Lake Foods.

“The fire department discovered a significant fire upon arrival,” said Miller.

“The plant was successfully evacuated.  There were no injuries to employees or, so far, to any firefighters.”

Hazardous materials teams came on scene because of ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks.

Meanwhile, Burlington’s fire chief is rotating in hundreds of firefighters from around southeastern Wisconsin, as far away as Milwaukee County.

“That’s why the large number of departments that we have called in, the large number of personnel that we’ve had…We’re not rotating out and rotating back in.  When you rotate out, you go home.”

He also said they have not have much opportunity to enter the building and fight the fire from inside.

“The majority has been on a defensive mode.  At this point, we’re attempting to do an interior attack, if we can get crews in.”

The company, founded in 1941, produces eggs and egg products, as well as other breakfast products. The factory has a long history in the Burlington area.

“This will affect the city greatly.  We will attempt to help them rebuild and re-open the plant as soon as possible,” said Miller during the news conference.

“One of the largest employers…it’s going to be a loss of 300 jobs for a while.”

The complete article with photos is HERE.

The fire went to a 5th Alarm (as high as MABAS Alarms are rated) and then 8 separate inter-divisional alarms were requested with strike teams or task forces requested from other MABAS Divisions in Wisconsin and Illinois. (some of the MABAS Divisions that responded include 101, 102, 106, 4, 5)

Tim Olk and Larry Shapiro went to the incident roughly four hours after the initial alarm and have a video and images from the scene that will be posted later. The size of the scene, the bitter cold weather, and the hazardous smoke restricted their access to two of the four sectors.

The incident is located in an area that required tankers to shuttle water to portable tanks, where engines drafted to feed the multiple master streams. Some of the streams had to shutdown fairly often as the three or four portable tanks that were inter-connected would be depleted before they could be refilled. There were at least three such water supply sectors being managed at the fire scene. Eventually, a drafting operation was setup from Echo Lake along Milwaukee Avenue. Two engines and a quint worked to complete this task for engines supplying a master stream in Sector D.

The Chicago Tribune has an article HERE.

ABC news has an article HERE. has an article. has an article with video.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online has an article with a great overhead image from this morning.

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New ambulance for Palatine

This from Campbell Hilinger:

Hey guys…just thought I’d drop you a line about Palatine’s new ambulance:

Just found it browsing Horton’s FB page.  Thanks for all the good work.  Have a nice night.
And Tyler Tobolt:
New Palatine Ambulance (Photos on Horton Emergency Vehicle Facebook Page)
Palatine FD ambulance

Horton Emergency Vehicle photo

Palatine FD ambulance

Horton Emergency Vehicle photo

Palatine FD ambulance

Horton Emergency Vehicle photo

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