From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …
At approximately 3:20 this afternoon, an SMFD engine was in the area of 3rd & Michigan Avenue’s when they discovered smoke coming over the tree tops along the south lot line of EGS Appleton Foundry. The engine responded to the security gate on 5th & Milwaukee to determine the source of the smoke. While there, they received notice from an employee that an active fire was burning in the southeast corner of the building but the employee was not aware of what was on fire.
The response was initially upgraded to a “Limited Assignment” which brings a ladder truck from the Cudahy Fire Department and engine from the Oak Creek Fire Department and quickly upgraded to a “Full Assignment” which adds an engine from the St. Francis Fire Department, a Med Unit from the Milwaukee Fire Department (to the scene) and a Med Unit from the Greendale Fire Department (to the station). The fire was determined to be burning in a machine that is used to form poured steel castings in sand molds.
The fire was quickly extinguished but damage to the machine was significant enough to require it to be put out of service. No injuries were reported and no structural damage occurred. While standing by at our station, the Greendale Fire Department responded to an EMS call and transported a patient to St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.
Thanks, firefighters, for a job well done in preventing a bigger incident.