Milk powder explosion averted in WI plant

A weekend fire caused at least $110,000 in damage at Quality Ingredients Corp., 211 E. Depot St., said Deputy Fire Chief Roy Dolens.

Marshfield Fire & Rescue Department firefighters responded at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

The fire was contained to a drying unit inside one of the company’s buildings, which caused about $10,000 in damages to the facility while destroying at least $100,000 worth of processed food product, Dolens said.

The original $1 million damage estimate was an error on the initial department report, he said.

The preliminary investigation found the fire was caused by mechanical equipment used to process raw milk into a powder, Dolens said. The fire remains under investigation, he said.

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for about six hours, Deputy Chief Craig DeGrand said.

Panels designed to blow off the building to release pressure caused by a fire prevented further damage and a much more serious fire, DeGrand said.

Seven fire department vehicles and 18 firefighters responded to the scene.

via Update: Fire damage estimate $110,000 | The Marshfield News-Herald |

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