Janesville Plant Fire Under Investigation

Firefighters Respond To Lycon Plant On Harding Street

Published On: Nov 01 2011 10:24:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2011 12:15:20 PM CDT

A fire at the Lycon Inc. plant in Janesville is under investigation.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 1100 block of Harding Street at around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday and found a vacant building on the property was one quarter to one-half engulfed in fire, according to Lt. David Sheen.

"The fire's in a vacant 125,000-square-foot vacant manufacturing building that was originally used to produce cement blocks. It's been vacant for about five years," Sheen said. "It was under the process of being demolished."

No one was hurt.

It is not known what sparked the fire. Sheen said the building had no gas or electricity running to it.

"It's in a location that's very hard to get to because of the flooding that was there in the years past. Access is very difficult," he said. "We have all five engine companies in Janesville working this fire, along with two ambulance crews and we've called mutual aid to staff the city."

Sheen expected firefighters to remain on scene late Tuesday to watch for hot spots.