An explosion in the chemical vault at Johnson Truck Bodies, in Rice Lake, WI, last Wednesday, led to a fire of the resin and acetone tanks.

Plant personnel said an explosion and fire occurred in a chemical vault and all personnel were accounted for.

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An alarm company first notified the Rice Lake Fire Department around 2:58 p.m., with the first units on scene by 3:02 p.m.

At about 3:15 p.m., Rice Lake police shut down Main Street in the vicinity of the fire and downwind from the smoke.

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Firefighters used Class B firefighting foam and the sprinkler system to extinguish the fire, which was out by 3:21 p.m.

No employees or firefighters were injured. The streets ended up reopened by 4 p.m.

The chemical fire involved resin and acetone, used at the plant. The explosion occurred in the plant’s chemical vault, which sustained heavy structural damage. 

The Rice Lake police said no hazardous materials released into the environment, but a licensed hazardous materials cleanup and recovery company has been contacted for the cleanup.

A structural engineer has been contacted to ensure the building is safe to occupy.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the cause had yet to be determined. No damage estimates were available as of late Wednesday. 

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