The Germantown Fire Department thanked 15 area fire departments for helping put out a blaze at an industrial building Oct. 4.
According to a statement from the Germantown Fire Department, upon arrival at the scene at Waste Management in Germantown, “the Battalion Chief, Truck 71, Engine 62 and Ambulance 51 were met with an industrial building in full evacuation with heavy smoke showing with fire on multiple levels.”
The department upgraded the fire to a 17-1-8 “Target hazard” en route because it was an industrial business and because of the nature of contents.Minutes after arrival, firefighters upgraded it to a first box alarm, calling additional resources upon information that there was a missing employee who was possibly still in the building. Later, the employee was found to be safe.
Multiple patients were treated by EMS and fire personnel on the scene. A total of five people were treated for smoke inhalation. All refused transport to a hospital.
No fire personnel were injured.
Upon arrival they were met with an industrial building being evacuated, with heavy smoke showing and fire on multiple levels.
"We are grateful to all the departments that assisted, a total of 15. Thank you all for your professionalism-- Menomonee Falls Fire Department, Slinger Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, Thiensville Fire Department, Richfield Volunteer Fire Company, Mequon Fire Department, Village of Grafton Fire Department, Lisbon Fire Department, West Bend Fire Department, Hartford Fire & Rescue Wisconsin, Cedarburg Fire Department, Wauwatosa Fire Department, Western Lakes Fire District, Northshore Fire Department, Butler Volunteer Fire Department," the Germantown Fire Department said in a release.
No information was released about the cause of the fire.