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Crews respond to fire at Federal Foam in New Richmond

Firefighters responded this week to a machine fire at Federal Foam in New Richmond.

New Richmond Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst said firefighters were called at 7:32 p.m. Monday, March 12, to 600 Wisconsin Drive business for a fire.

He said the fire was contained to a machine that applies hot rubber to a foam product. The fire started after the machine jammed, VanderWyst said.

Fire didn't spread beyond the 8-foot-wide by 20-foot-long machine, according to the chief. He said firefighters spend about 45 minutes ventilating the building for smoke before clearing the scene at about 8:37 p.m.

Workers were temporarily evacuated but allowed to return after firefighters were through with the scene, VanderWyst said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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