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Fire breaks out inside Waukesha industrial building

Cost estimate of damages unknown

Jan. 14, 2014

An internal malfunction at a Waukesha industrial building caused a fire Monday night at the Reintjcs facility, 305 Travis Lane.

The Fire Department was called to the scene after an employee saw flames coming from an oil bath operation just after 8:45 p.m.

The department found "a working fire with heavy smoke conditions" when it arrived, according to a news release from Battalion Chief Joe Hoffman. The plant was evacuated and all personnel were accounted for, he said.

"Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire to knock down the main body of (the) fire while limiting damage to the myriad of operations and processes in the facility," Hoffman said.

Crews from three fire stations quickly brought the fire under control to limit damage to a small area of the facility, Hoffman said.

However, he said there was some minor smoke damage to the structure.

Hoffman said an employee was working with cooling parts in an oil bath when there was a malfunction in the operation that caused flames and heavy smoke to come from the oil bath.

Workers were allowed to return to work in unaffected areas, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the City of Waukesha's Police and Fire Investigators are still determining the cause of the malfunction.

He added the facility is still verifying the extent of the damage and a cost estimate of the damages is also unknown.

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