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1 injured in roof collapse
A collapse of trusses on a building meant to serve Badger State Ethanol in the future as a warehouse for packaging operations injured one worker Tuesday in the 1100 block of West 17th Street. - photo by Marissa Weiher

MONROE — Badger State Ethanol was impacted more than once Tuesday after an early morning fire when the roof of a warehouse still under construction at 1101 West 17th Street collapsed, resulting in serious injuries for one worker.

The man was taken by ambulance to Monroe Clinic ER around 2:45 p.m. after the incident. Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits said he believed the worker fell as the roof collapsed. The man was taken out of the site by stretcher. The plant plans to use the building as a warehouse for packaging operations once completed, Smits said.

Monroe Clinic spokesperson Patricia Lawson confirmed a patient had been admitted from the incident. Currently, the patient is in stable condition, she said.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find the partially constructed building damaged. While the outer supports were still standing, wooden beams that had outlined roughly 50 percent of the building fell down to the interior portion of the building. The pitched trusses were folded down to the ground as the horizontal beams clung to the side fastenings.

Smits said OSHA was at the scene as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.