(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to a fire at Metalcraft of Mayville in Beaver Dam Friday morning. The Beaver Dam station was notified by Dodge County dispatch around 9:47am of a fire alarm at the facility on 2020 North Spring Street.
While in route, crews were advised that there was smoke in the building and an evacuation was in-progress. Firefighters found heavy smoke in the production area upon arrival and located the blaze in a metal dust collections unit in the factory. Chief Alan Mannal says the (quote) “stubborn” fire was eventually extinguished with the use of many ABC fire extinguishers. He says water is only used as a last resort on these types of fires because it causes considerable damage to machinery.
The department’s hovercraft was used to help ventilate the smoke from the building. No injuries were reported. The fire caused a temporary suspension in production and most employees were released for the day. Crews remained on scene until 11:38am and immediately responded to a second fire at Kirsh Foundry.
Assisting at the scene were Hammes Fire & Safety who provided additional dry chemical fire extinguishers. Hustisford Fire and Watertown E.M.S. covered the City while Hustisford Fire responded to the second fire at Kirsh Foundry while standing-by for the Beaver Dam Fire Department.