Roughly 35 workers were evacuated from the Kohler Co. cast iron foundry Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out at the facility. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/92466279.html
No one was hurt in the blaze, which was reported about 3:15 p.m. in the Herman Iron Foundry at 444 Highland Drive in the village of Kohler in Sheboygan County, according to authorities.
At one point flames from the fire, which was in the first floor and basement, could be seen from outside the building. Inside the foundry there was reportedly molten metal, flammable liquids and machinery.
The fire started in a molding line at the foundry, according to Kohler Co. spokeswoman Kristine Christina. http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20100429/SHE0101/100429086/1062&located=rss
Officials had cut off electrical and gas to the foundry, but those were restored around 4:30 p.m.
Kohler Co. and Kohler Fire Department firefighters fought the blaze with assistance from the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department. The Kohler Police Department, Orange Cross Ambulance and Sheboygan Falls First Responders are also on scene.
It took them two hours to get the fire under control.
According to a press release from Kohler police, the blaze didn’t appear to be suspicious.
There were no estimates available yet for the amount of damage done to the foundry.
Christina said in a statement that production in the parts of the plant unharmed by the blaze will continue as will rseume as scheduled.