Employees of Amerequip in Kiel were temporarily evacuated from their large Kiel factory on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 23 after a report of flames and smoke in the painting area.
According to the Kiel Fire Department, at approximately 3:42 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the factory at 1015 Calumet Ave.
Upon arrival fire crews were guided to the painting area where there was heavy smoke present. Upon further investigation flames were also still visible. Crews immediately deployed hose lines and the fire was knocked down prior to the 10-minute benchmark. Crews remained on scene for an hour for overhaul operations. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
The Kiel Fire Department and Ambulance Service were assisted on scene by Chilton Fire, Elkhart Lake Fire, Kiel Police Department, Kiel Utilities, Manitowoc County Joint Dispatch Center, New Holstein Fire and St. Anna Fire.