Summerset Marine Construction fire, explosion in Eagle

Three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured in a massive explosion and fire Thursday at a construction company in Waukesha County. The explosion and fire started shortly before 8 am at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle. No deaths were reported. Two workers were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries. Summerset Marine Construction owner Larry Chapman said the man had a broken leg and was undergoing surgery. He was expected to be OK. Two other workers were treated on the scene. Chapman said they sustained concussions and were dragged out of the building by another employee. “Very unfortunate situation, but we’ll get to the bottom of what happened. But for now, I thank God that everybody’s alive,” said Chapman. “It looks like everybody’s gonna be OK with our employees. That’s what I’m thankful for first and foremost.”One firefighter was taken to the hospital and was in good condition. The other two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and able to continue working at the scene. At the time of the explosion, 26 people were inside. Dispatchers said everyone has been accounted for.News Chopper 12 was above the scene and captured video of smoke and flames coming from the building.Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.Nearby Eagle Elementary School was evacuated due to the smoke. Those students were sent home for the day but no one was affected by the smoke. Several area businesses were also evacuated for a short time but have been able to resume work.Houses within a one-mile radius were given a shelter-in-place order and told not to let outside air into their homes.”I’m like ‘wow something just ran into the side of the house.’ And my husband said it’s probably a bird, and I said it must be an elephant then,” said Tina Bender, who lives near the building. “I looked out my bedroom window and saw black smoke so I knew there was trouble in the industrial park.”The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office says there are no longer any safety threats for the Eagle community.The building was heavily damaged and the roof has partially collapsed. That collapsed trapped fuel objects. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are now on the scene. The Kettle Moraine Fire District is leading the effort with help from the Wisconsin Fire Marshal.Units were called in from Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Washington counties to help provide more water.More than 400,000 gallons have been used from two nearby lakes.The fire has been fully contained. The Department of Natural Resources is helping to contain pollution in the area. Govt. Tony Evers showed his support in a pair of tweets:According to its website, Summerset Marine provides lift and pier services including installation, maintenance, and repairs from Lake Country to southeastern Wisconsin.Summerset has a 24,000 square foot facility in Eagle with a showroom, office, factory and warehouse. The business has been in operation since 1990 and employs about 60 people. The cause is still under investigation, but so far, officials say it does not believe to be suspicious.

Three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured in a massive explosion and fire Thursday at a construction company in Waukesha County.

The explosion and fire started shortly before 8 am at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle.

No deaths were reported.

Two workers were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries.

Summerset Marine Construction owner Larry Chapman said the man had a broken leg and was undergoing surgery.

He was expected to be OK.

Two other workers were treated on the scene.

Chapman said they sustained concussions and were dragged out of the building by another employee.

“Very unfortunate situation, but we’ll get to the bottom of what happened. But for now, I thank God that everybody’s alive,” said Chapman. “It looks like everybody’s gonna be OK with our employees. That’s what I’m thankful for first and foremost.”

One firefighter was taken to the hospital and was in good condition.

The other two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and able to continue working at the scene.

At the time of the explosion, 26 people were inside. Dispatchers said everyone has been accounted for.

News Chopper 12 was above the scene and captured video of smoke and flames coming from the building.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

Nearby Eagle Elementary School was evacuated due to the smoke.

Those students were sent home for the day but no one was affected by the smoke.

Several area businesses were also evacuated for a short time but have been able to resume work.

Houses within a one-mile radius were given a shelter-in-place order and told not to let outside air into their homes.

“I’m like ‘wow something just ran into the side of the house.’ And my husband said it’s probably a bird, and I said it must be an elephant then,” said Tina Bender, who lives near the building. “I looked out my bedroom window and saw black smoke so I knew there was trouble in the industrial park.”

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office says there are no longer any safety threats for the Eagle community.

The building was heavily damaged and the roof has partially collapsed.

That collapse trapped fuel objects. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are now on the scene.

The Kettle Moraine Fire District is leading the effort with help from the Wisconsin Fire Marshal.

Units were called in from Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Washington counties to help provide more water.

More than 400,000 gallons have been used from two nearby lakes.

The fire has been fully contained. The Department of Natural Resources is helping to contain pollution in the area.

Govt. Tony Evers showed his support in a pair of tweets:

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According to its website, Summerset Marine provides lift and pier services including installation, maintenance, and repairs from Lake Country to southeastern Wisconsin.

Summerset has a 24,000 square foot facility in Eagle with a showroom, office, factory and warehouse.

The business has been in operation since 1990 and employs about 60 people.

The cause is still under investigation, but so far, officials say it does not believe to be suspicious.

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