MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A large commercial building on the north side of Milwaukee burned for hours Monday night before firefighters could bring it under control.
Firefighters said several dangerous chemicals were inside the welding facility as it burned.
There is no more visible fire. But because part of the roof has collapsed, firefighters say there will be hot spots overnight. They therefore remain on site for at least several hours to prevent the building from catching fire again.
The fire started around 5.45pm on Monday afternoon when a passerby saw smoke. Firefighters said a massive fire broke out on the first and second floors of the building.
Most of the welding shop employees went home by 3:30 p.m., but one person was still working inside.
There were many dangerous chemicals and unknown hazardous materials inside, and several explosions occurred as crews fought the fire.
Firefighters said the blaze was a challenge to bring under control.
Deputy Fire Chief Erich Roden said: “We had a very difficult firefight in this building, we had to hit this fire with our aerial ladders and our tower ladders. We were able to control the fire, but we We had many hidden hotspots from the fire, which we eventually got to due to the amount of danger.”
No firefighters were injured and the only employee is also safe.
The Hazardous Materials team is assisting with the cleanup, but the immediate area is now safe.
The fire investigator is trying to find out what started this fire.