Germantown Fire Department Fire truck on a way to an emergency scene, Wisconsin
At 08:33 hours on Monday, May 9, 2016 the Germantown Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at Rheocast Company located at N114 W19250 Clinton Drive in Germantown, WI.
Upon arrival units found black smoke coming from the roof area.
A manager reported the roof was on fire in the foundry area.
The incident was upgraded to a Box Alarm. GFD Truck 71 laddered the roof and reported fire around a large roof fan spreading is all directions under the roof covering. The roofing material was rubber, over fiberboard, over foam insulation on top of corrugated steel.
The incident was upgraded to a Second Alarm.
Primary and secondary searches were completed of the approximate 38,000-square-foot building.
Due to multiple vats of molten steel and aluminum in the building, roof operations were dangerous and firefighters had to be careful while they operated. Multiple hand lines were placed in the building and on the roof.
Due to the roof covering and fire spread this was a manpower intensive incident. A Third Alarm was requested to augment the fire crews. Fire was listed under control within 2 hours.
There were no injuries as a result of this incident. The building and contents are valued at $7 million.
Loss is estimated at approximately $125,000.
Multiple fire departments responded under the MABAS System. Over 60 firefighters were on scene.