Fire at Menomonee Valley chemical facility

CREATED Jul 12, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Fire Department crews are letting materials that have caught fire burn themselves out inside a furnace at a chemical facility in the Menomonee Valley.

One firefighter was treated for burns while working on the fire, which is at Materion Advanced Chemicals on the corner of North 13th Street and West St. Paul Avenue.

The firefighter returned to work.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Diane Pathieu reports from the scene that Materion was burning ceramic materials in the furnace, which malfunctioned.

Instead of the materials going through its typical process, the materials stayed inside the furnace and continued to burn.

A Milwaukee Fire Department official tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that no toxic chemicals are involved in the fire.

Workers evacuated the facility and will stay out of the building until the fire burns out.

A fire department truck is remaining at the scene.  The Milwaukee Hazardous Materials team has also been called to the scene, "just in case."

Materion makes chemicals which are used for the coating on the Space Shuttle's tiles.

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