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Chemical fire causes explosions, leads to evacuations in Smelser Township

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CUBA CITY, Wis. (KWWL) -

A chemical fire lead emergency teams to evacuate a neighborhood in Smelser Township, Wis., on Sunday night.

The fire occurred at 9:30 p.m. at a woodworking shop at 1323 Church Rd. in Georgetown, Wis., according to the Cuba City Fire Department.

The shop contained large quantities of woodworking chemicals in 55-gallon drums. These containers exploded, prompting the responding fire departments and Lancaster Hazmat to evacuate six households due to potentially dangerous chemical fumes.

Freezing roads hampered efforts to bring water from Cuba City to the scene. The Grant County Highway Department was dispatched to treat the roadways used by the emergency teams.

CTH-D was closed for approximately two hours while the fire was extinguished.

The Cuba City Fire Department responded to the blaze, assisted by fire departments from Hazel Green, Dickeyville, Jamestown, Platteville and Lancaster.

 

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