Diesel tanks, flammable materials help fuel fire at Sugar Camp machinery shopSubmitted: 02/21/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Diesel tanks, flammable materials help fuel fire at Sugar Camp machinery shop
SUGAR CAMP - A major fire destroyed a machinery repair shop in Sugar Camp on Wednesday morning, sending clouds of black smoke over the Northwoods.

The shop, next to a home on County Highway D west of Sugar Camp, caught fire around 10 a.m.

"There was a machinery malfunction that [the owner said] he was dealing with, and there could also be a heating issue," said Sugar Camp Fire Chief Jason Goeldner. "We got an area to look, but we haven't gotten in there yet to actually try to do a thorough investigation yet."

No one was hurt.

Seven local fire departments responded with firefighters, tankers, and ladder trucks. Emergency responders used the MABAS system to dispatch help to the scene.

Firefighters used Three Lakes' ladder truck to get a better angle on the fire.

"The ladder truck was primarily used because [the structure] has a heavy metal roof, and we're trying to get over top of the fire and shoot down, penetrate that water from the top down," Goeldner said.

The building had plenty of fuel to feed the powerful fire.

"I think there's, for sure, one dump truck in there, so it's got saddle tanks of maybe 40 to 80 gallons of diesel fuel each," Goeldner said. "[You've got] fuel for the fire. You've got cutting torches, acetylene oxygen, you've got the rubber from the tires that are in there, and basically any other flammable or combustible materials."

Fire crews planned to bring in an excavator Wednesday to access hard-to-reach areas of the fire site. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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