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Cheese plant near Belmont evacuated for chemical reaction

BELMONT, Wis. - A cheese plant in Belmont was evacuated Friday morning and several employees were taken to a hospital after two chemicals were accidentally mixed together, officials said.

Montchevre president Arnaud Solandt told News 3 an employee accidentally mixed two chemicals together, which caused a smoke reaction.

Solandt said the company evacuated the plant, called emergency crews to the scene, and had all of their employees checked out as a precaution. He said a few employees were taken to a hospital as a precaution, but the all of the other employees were cleared. Solandt did not have an exact number of employees who were taken to a hospital or checked at the scene.

As of 11 a.m., Solandt said emergency crews had tested the plant and cleared it and the employees to go back to work.


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