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Merrill plant damaged by fire Sunday; electrical problem suspected

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Merill Fire Department truck parked in the firehouse. copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.
Merill Fire Department truck parked in the firehouse. copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - A fire that damaged a custom wire factory in Merrill was contained to a metal plating room that covers about 15 percent of the plant.

Still, damage was estimated at $2 million in Sunday's blaze at Northern Wire.

Merrill fire officials said the blaze was contained in the specialized plating area -- and because there were unknown chemicals nearby, a hazmat team from the Wausau Fire Department was put on standby.

Wausau was among six fire departments which helped with the blaze, which was apparently caused by an electrical problem.

An investigation continues into the exact cause. No injuries were reported.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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