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Fire officials: $40M in fire damage to Echo Lake Foods plant


BURLINGTON, WI (WTAQ) - Burlington fire officials now say there was $40 million in damage in the January 30th blaze that destroyed most of the Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant.

A new fire inspection report said about three-fourths of the large property was damaged, plus two-thirds of the building’s contents.

The company has said it would rebuild at its present site. And the new plant will have sprinklers on the ceilings, something the main part of the old building did not have when the flames erupted.

Burlington Fire Chief Richard Lodle said the older parts of the structure were not required to have sprinklers, and there were no building code violations.

Echo Lake Foods had about 300 employees making pre-packaged foods, mostly for schools and other institutions. Most are back at work, either at the company’s scaled-down operations or with somebody else.

Love Incorporated, a charity that’s helping the employees, is still providing food and rent assistance to about 55 of the workers.