Fire at Brand New Biomass Incinerator in Rothschild, Wisconsin

[Read our article "Biomass Industry Plays with Fire, Gets Burned," compiling all the biomass-related fires up until May 2013...it's getting hard to keep up - Ed.]

-April 11, 2014. Source: Wasau Daily Herald

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Rothschild Fire Department crews responded to the plant just before 4:30 a.m., said Chief Marc Hill. When crews got to the plant, a fire was burning inside the dust collector and smoke was coming out of the structure. No one was injured in the blaze, but it took fire crews about three hours to completely put out the fire.

A ladder truck from the SAFER fire station in Weston and its crew also responded to the fire, Hill said.

The fire apparently started after some wood became caught in a giant shredder called a hog, Hill said. The friction caused by the material and machinery created heat and sparks, which were pulled into the dust collector through a collection system. The fire started quickly in the dust collector, Hill said.