Officials respond to fire in "zinc hopper" at Strattec in Glendale; no one hurt

GLENDALE -- Officials with the North Shore Fire Department on Wednesday night, October 12th were on the scene of a fire at Strattec, near Teutonia and Good Hope.


The fire took place around 7:30 p.m. in a piece of machinery inside the building.

First arriving fire crews found heavy smoke conditions throughout much of the manufacturing floor and upgraded the alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.

The business had their evacuation procedures in process and representatives from the company met with fire crews on their arrival.

North Shore Fire and Strattec officials have worked closely to develop operational plans for these types of incidents.

Company representatives executed the plan perfectly, North Shore Fire officials said, which contributed to the fact that there were no injuries to any employees or first responders operating at the scene.

Due to the fact that certain processes within the structure react negatively with water, fire crews utilized alternative extinguishing methods, including resources from the Milwaukee Fire Department Hazardous Materials response team to fully extinguish the fire within their processing machinery.

Following extinguishment, Strattec personnel were allowed to reoccupy the structure.

The damage to the machinery is estimated at approximately $80,000.