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Ethanol plant fire fight cost $14,000
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MONROE - An eight-hour fight against a fire Jan. 19 at the Badger State Ethanol plant in Monroe cost the eight fire departments involved a total of $13,855, Monroe Fire Chief Darryl Rausch said.

Rausch, in an e-mail to the Times, broke down the costs as follows:

• Total equipment cost figured at $25 per hour per vehicle: $3,450

• Total personnel cost: $8,130

• Food, etc.: $625

• Expendable supplies and equipment gloves, sand, salt, fuel etc.: $1,650.

The fire in the plant's corn protein drying area drew 77 emergency responders and 20 pieces of emergency equipment.

Monroe Fire Department used MABAS, mutual aid box alarm system, to call in seven other local fire departments for manpower, Rausch said.

The Monroe Police Department and Brodhead, Juda and Browntown fire departments, with two trucks each, initially were called to the scene. They later were joined by trucks and crews from Monticello (two trucks), Cedarville, and Orangeville (one truck each) and Green County EMS. A Freeport City Fire Department truck with a taller ladder also was called in.

County Emergency management lighting units and equipment from the Monroe Department of Public Works also were provided.