Firefighters and emergency personnel responded to Johnson Truck Bodies, in Rice Lake, shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, after a reported explosion and resin and acetone tanks were found on fire.

An alarm company first notified the Rice Lake Fire Department around 2:58 p.m., with the first units on scene by 3:02 p.m. Plant personnel said an explosion and fire occurred in a chemical vault and all personnel were accounted for. 

At about 3:15 p.m., Rice Lake police shut down Main Street in the vicinity of the fire and downwind from the smoke.

Firefighters used Class B firefighting foam and the sprinkler system to extinguish the fire, which was put out by 3:21 p.m.

No employees or firefighters were injured. The streets were reopened by 4 p.m.

The chemical fire involved both resin and acetone, used at the plant. The explosion occurred in the plant’s chemical vault, which sustained heavy structural damage. 

The RLPD said no hazardous materials were released into the environment, but a licensed hazardous materials cleanup and recovery company has been contacted for the cleanup.

A structural engineer has been contacted to ensure the building is safe to occupy.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the cause had yet to be determined. No damage estimates were available as of late Wednesday. 

Ten firefighters, one fire engine, one ladder truck and one hazardous material response unit, one command vehicle, two Lakeview Medical Center ambulances responded.

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