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Testimonial Story...Local officials go above and beyond for a company
Aldrich Chemical damaged in lightning strike
(published by The Sheboygan Press on 4/14/2014)
A lightning strike at Sigma-Aldrich Chemical early Sunday morning blew out a water main and damaged the company’s critical fire-supression system.
According to a release from the Town of Wilson Fire Department, the well supplies the plant’s 1 million gallon fire pond, which provides water for the entire fire suppression system at the facility.
It also blew out a water main on the south east part of the property, setting off an alarm that started the main fire pump. That light strike also set off three other alarms at the plant.
By the time maintenance staff arrived at the pump house, the pond was empty. Production cannot continue if the fire supression system is out of order.
The fire department, which uses that pond for Aldrich as well as other fire incidents in that area, was called at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Town of Wilson firefighters borrowed six trash pumps from neighboring departments to move water from the storm water pond into the fire pond. They also brought in water from hydrants located in the City of Sheboygan's industrial park.
Roughly 250,000 gallons were brought in from the city and about 300,000 gallons were transferred from the storm water pond to the fire suppression pond.
The pond was refilled to about 60 percent of its capacity by 3 p.m. Sunday, which was enough to allow the plant to resume production.
No buildings were hit by the lightning strike, and there’s no cost estimate so far on damage to the well and water main. The company will also pay for the water it received from the city.
The Town of Wilson Fire Department was assisted by crews from Oostburg, Cedar Grove, Cascade, City of Sheboygan, Haven, Waldo, Random Lake, Town of Sheboygan and Johnsonville.