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Dozens of firefighters battle meat packing fire

CUDAHY, Wis. (AP) -- Residents living near the burning Patrick Cudahy meatpacking plant are being told to evacuate their homes early Monday.

As many as 100 firefighters worked through the night and remained on the scene, fighting a stubborn fire at the plant south of Milwaukee.

Mayor Ryan McCue says residents living within a mile of the plant should evacuate. A nearby school was open to evacuees and their pets.

Cudahy Fire Chief Dan Mayer says the blaze was difficult to fight because it was in a confined space. Mayer says there's heavy fire, water and smoke damage to the plant, parts of which are more than 100 years old.

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