July 06, 2009

Meat packing plant ablaze in Wisconsin Cudahy (Video of fire)

Wisconsin Cudahy - More than 100 firefighters have been fighting a blaze at the Patrick Cudahy Incorporated meatpacking plant for the past ten hours. Area residents within a one mile radius of the Cudahy, Wisconsin plant have been evacuated to area schools until the fire is contained.

The first 911 call came in at 9:52 p.m. Sunday night. The call for mutual aid went out to 15 different community fire departments when the magnitude of the blaze became apparent. In addition, 40 police departments throughout Wisconsin have dispatched assistance to the area.

The building has already suffered heavy fire, water and smoke damage.

The business has been located at its current location, 700 acres, south of Milwaukee since 1892. The company specialty is in processed pork products. The family business was started by Patrick Cudahy Jr., an American industrialist and patriarch who died in 1919.

On July 5, 2006 a fire, ironically, caused the evacuation of six-hundred workers from the same plant, which triggered the last Dept. of Labor OSHA inspection of the facility.

Somebody doesn't like pork?

Footage of actual fire while it is going on:

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