WI Chem Plant Fire Injures 1

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 03:06 PM gHale

A Janesville, WI, man remained hospitalized one day after suffering an injury in an electrical fire at a Beloit-area chemical plant, authorities said.

Brad Meglic, 49, was in good condition at University Hospital in Madison on June 5, after what authorities said was an electrical fire June 4 at Linde Inc., a chemical plant at 4220 S. Walters Road in rural Beloit.

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Authorities activated a mutual aid box alarm after the fire broke out about 8:42 p.m. Monday, the Town of Beloit Fire Department said.

In all, 15 fire departments responded to reports of heavy smoke and flames on the north side of the Linde plant. Town of Beloit Deputy Fire Chief Rich Tippelt said they were able to knock down the blaze quickly.

Tippelt said the fire was contained to an electrical area, but officials have not yet determined what caused it. He said the fire was being considered accidental.

Damage estimates weren’t available Tuesday.

Tippelt said the fire was “about 50 feet” away from some containers of acid, but that’s the closest it got.

Firefighters remained on the scene for more than two hours after they determined there had been a “delay” in shutting down all electrical systems at Linde, according to the release.

The Janesville Fire Department reported Mercyhealth’s mobile medical vehicle initially transported Meglic from the scene to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville. He was then transported to University Hospital.

Tippelt said no one else was hurt, and Linde continues to investigate the cause of the fire.



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