Explosion and Fire
Posted by: Jenn Rourke - 12/6/2006
MILWAUKEE - An explosion and four-alarm fire have been reported at the Falk Corporation, 3001 W. Canal Street in the Menomonee Valley. Smoke is heavy and crews are on the scene. Authorities are reporting several buildings on fire.
Reports are that one building collapsed and another is in danger. Large chunks of one roof are falling off. The explosion could reportedly be felt as far as Cudahy.
Reports are coming in that the cause may have been a 160 lbs. propane tank.
Twenty to thirty people may have been injured. The victims are being taken to various hospitals.
The freeway on and off ramps at 35th St. are closed.ramps
Falk Corporation is a global manufacturing company headquartered in Milwaukee. The comapny was founded in the 1840's.
Workers often deal with molten metals in making mechanical gears.
The wife of one Falk worker called TODAY'S TMJ4 and said her husbnad, who works at the west end of the building, heard an explosion on the east side of the building. She said her husband actually droe someone to the hospital because emergency crews initially couldn't get to the site.
She said the east end of the building is used to build gears of all sizes. She also reported that the company fosters a family atmosphere.
She said her husband called her immediately to warn her and let her know he was okay. "Don't worry I'm OK, but you going to see something terrible on television"
The woman also reported that many people were likely at their machines working at the time.