THURSDAY, 4/7/2022, 6:26 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – The chlorine gas leak at Milk Specialties Global that has been affecting residents for over six hours has come to an end.
According to a release, Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue were able to safely bring the incident to an end and no injuries were reported.
Homes around the plant were evacuated because of the danger the gas posed.
Shawn Schaumberg was displaced for the entire event. He said, “I have asthma and I ended up going into an asthma attack and so far I’m doing much better. My kids and my two dogs are doing good.”
Fire officials called the situation “high stakes” and sparingly sent crews of two inside to respond in full hazmat suits for their safety.
“It’s the kinds of things that we do as a precaution that to the naked eye would seem,” said Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary. “Is it – is it necessary, it absolutely is necessary because we don’t know exactly what the mixture was and we don’t know what kind of hazard that would bring our personnel so we’re taking every precaution that we need to to keep them safe.”
Locals were not the only people affected. Lines of semi-trucks were backed up as they waited for the situation to be resolved.
Roy Heise, an affected truck driver said, “If I get loaded today then I still have to unload and I still have time to drive home after so it’s kinda a hindrance on me.”
This incident is under investigation and the cause is still unknown.
Local 5 will update this story when the cause of the leak is made available.
UPDATE: Gas is confirmed to be chlorine-based, potential crack in gas tank
THURSDAY, 4/7/2022, 5:25 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – Fire officials have confirmed the leak is a chlorine-based gas.
According to officials, the leak was caused when two gases mixed in a tank. They will know the official cause once they can enter the building. Fire officials say they have not ruled out a crack in the tank or human error. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is on the scene and will conduct the investigation.
Officials are also saying in about one to two hours, residents should be able to return to their homes.
Because of the situation, trains are being affected as well. A railroad representative told fire officials that trains are backed up all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Local 5 will continue to update this when more information is made available.
UPDATE: Leak still present as Fond du Lac Fire Department continues to work
THURSDAY, 4/7/2022, 4:04 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – The Fond du Lac Fire Department has given an update regarding the situation at Milk Specialties Global.
According to their Twitter, the Fond du Lac Fire Department says the hazmat crews have made several entries into the building and continue to mitigate the situation. The plume has greatly dissipated but there is still a leak.
Officials at Milk Specialties Global are using iPads to control the tank where the gas is coming from. They are filling it with water to try and neutralize the leak. The process is expected to last an hour and will be over around 5:00 p.m.
Fire officials say they are working as quickly and safely as possible to get residents back in their homes.
Local 5 will continue to update this situation when more information is available.
Hazmat incident in Fond du Lac, surrounding area evacuated
THURSDAY, 4/7/2022, 12:20 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – Employees at Milk Specialties Global in Fond du Lac were forced to evacuate after a yellow fog was seen coming from the building.
According to the Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, the employees of 325 Tompkins Street have been evacuated following a chemical mixture. Milk Specialties Global is the business located at the address.
Officials say that the building had a chemical mixture and a yellow fog is coming from the building. The department does say they do not know the exact concentration and type of gas, but it is believed to contain chlorine.
Officials say that Mandatory Evacuation has been ordered. The picture below is the area where authorities have ordered the evacuations.
The Milk Specialities building reportedly had 90-100 employees evacuated. The Technical Rescue Team is reportedly going to make entry into the building to try to contain the leak.
No additional information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.