CUDAHY (AP) - Shifting winds Monday fanned the fire still blazing in ameatpacking plant south of Milwaukee some 18 hours after it brokeout. Authorities told thousands of residents within a mile of theplant to leave because of the smoke and threat of toxic fumes.
About 100 firefighters were battling the blaze at the PatrickCudahy Inc. plant in Cudahy.
The fire started Sunday night.
Smoke pouring from the plant turned blacker and thicker aboutmidafternoon Monday as 10-20 mph winds from the northwest pushedin.
No injuries were reported. A company spokesman said less thanhalf the sprawling plant was affected, and operations could resumein unaffected areas by the end of the week. Dan Habighorst, vicepresident of human resources, said the office area could be runningby Tuesday.
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