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Man treated for minor injuries after small fire inside Wieser Concrete in Portage

March 22, 2019

A worker was injured in a small fire Wednesday at Wieser Concrete in Portage, but the fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived on scene.

Andy Wieser, who owns Wieser Concrete with his brothers Mark and Dan, said a contracted worker was injured while welding as part of an ongoing $1.5 million expansion project at the facility on the city’s northwest side.

A concrete form release agent caught fire, and the welder was injured after flames belched out of the chemical product and caused minor burns on the man’s body, Wieser said.

In the three minutes before the Portage Fire Department arrived on scene, the fire was put out with a fire extinguisher, and the welder was transported by EMS to Divine Savior Hospital with minor injuries.

Wieser said the injured man was treated for minor burns and released from the hospital later in the day Wednesday.

Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson said seven firefighters responded Wednesday morning with one engine and one squad.

Wieser said the building had minor damage as a result of the fire, but he didn’t foresee any setbacks as contracted workers already had returned to work Thursday.

An investigation into the incident remains open, and no cost estimate on resulting property damage was immediately available Thursday.