Fire at Portage dairy plant leads to messy melted butter runoff

A dairy plant fire in Portage caused butter to run out of the building Monday night, according to the Portage Fire Department.

In a news release, Portage Fire Chief Troy Haase said crews were called to Associated Milk Producers Inc. at about 9:15 p.m. for a report of smoke and fire at the commercial concrete building.

Haase said crews had a hard time getting into the building because of heat, smoke, and butter runoff.

The fire started in a room where butter was stored, and as it heated it began to flow through the structure.

The Portage Hazmat Team was able to contain the runoff into storm sewers and a nearby canal.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to visit the area today to assess the runoff.

No injuries were reported, and fire officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.