A 9-1-1 call from a worker at the former mill reporting that the structure was on fire was received by Marinette County Dispatch at 8:48 a.m. today.
Niagara Fire Department was dispatched. Mutual aid was requested almost immediately from Aurora Fire Department, followed by Breitung Township Fire, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Fire and Florence Fire Department.
Niagara Police Department provided traffic control and scene security.
All workers were safely evacuated from the plant and no injuries were reported, according to Marinette County Emergency Management officials.
The property is owned by Niagara Development.
The buildings on the property are owned by American Iron & Metal (AIM), Macedonia, Ohio. Sub-contractors were conducting demolition work, cutting a section of roof on the east end of the mill.
The roof caught fire and spread quickly throughout the east end.
Niagara Fire Chief Shawn Brown said the fire was well under control by 12:30 p.m.
“However, city wells were depleted by the volume of water being pumped. Operations are being scaled down at this time,” he said. “Fire crews remain on scene to monitor hot spots.”
American Red Cross NE Wisconsin Region sent a team to provide food and water for responders.
Other agencies responding were Niagara Area Emergency Unit, Marinette County Sheriff Department and Marinette County Emergency Management.