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A factory in Wisconsin caught fire on May 4, according to CBS affiliate in Milwaukee 58 News. Firefighters responded to a 2-alarm fire at the Ataco Steel products factory in Cedarburg after industrial fire alarms sounded and officials were alerted by an employee who was on site. The fire department was called at approximately 3:23 p.m.
Although the fire was relatively small and no injuries were sustained, heavy smoke filled the the factory, reportedly making it difficult for the fire department to locate the source of the flames. The fire eventually burned out, leaving crews to free the building of smoke. It took nearly four hours to clear the building, with fire officials fully ridding the scene of smoke at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The fire appears to have begun inside a piece of ventilation equipment.
The National Fire Prevention Association reports that in 2011, there were around 114,000 fires reported in commercial and industrial buildings. Every 23 seconds, fire departments respond to a call somewhere in the United States.
In order to protect themselves against fires and accidents, responsible industrial site managers equip their properties with fire and gas detection systems, and other types of safety equipment.
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