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Plea deal in works for one brother accused of starting meat plant fire

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A plea deal is being sought for at least one of two brothers accused of firing the military flare that started the massive fire at the Patrick Cudahy meat plant.

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Kurtis and Joshua Popp waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. And they were ordered to stand trial on felony charges of second-degree reckless endangerment.

The attorney for 23-year-old Joshua Popp says he hopes negotiations for a plea bargain can be wrapped up by Aug. 24, when the Popps are scheduled to enter pleas.

Prosecutors said Joshua took the military flare while he served in the Marines, and he let his 25-year-old brother Kurtis fire it the night of July 5.

Their mother said they were at a family barbeque at the time.

The flare landed on the roof of the Patrick Cudahy plant, and it sparked a blaze that caused more than $50 million in damage.

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