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Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:48 pm

A salvage project underway at the former Wenk processing plant in downtown Madison led to a Thursday afternoon fire call for the Madison Fire Department.

Fire Chief Randy Minnaert reported that at about 2:45 p.m. one of the workers removing scrap metal from the old poultry-processing plant on S. 2nd St. walked into the Madison fire station and asked to borrow a fire extinguisher. The worker said a metal-cutting operation had started a small fire in the old building, but the workers thought they had the fire under control and wanted the fire department’s extinguisher to complete putting out the fire.

Minnaert said that he assisted the worker and then drove a fire truck to the scene to check on the situation. After inspecting the scene, Minnaert decided that more work was needed to secure the fire scene and called for assistance from other Madison firefighters at 2:52 p.m. According to Minnaert, a total of three fire department vehicles were sent to the scene.

Minnaert said the workers were cutting metal pipe from a wall in the plant’s basement when the wall caught on fire. The workers were using an acetylene torch.

According to Minnaert, firefighters tore apart the building’s ceiling and walls to make certain that the fire was extinguished. They firefighters spent about 60 minutes at the scene.

No injuries were reported from the fire call. The Madison Police Department also responded to the fire call.

The city plans to demolish the old plant after the salvage work and asbestos removal are completed.