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(UPI)   30 years ago the most Wisconsin fire ever happened, The Butter River Fire   (upi.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Fire protection, Butter, Firefighter, Building, Firefighters, Warehouse, Firefighting, Ice Cube  
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6 days ago  
my CSB regarding the fire. (not subby)

Central Storage Warehouse is on the SE corner of Highway 51 and Cottage Grove Road.  There is (was) a large overpass of Cottage Grove road. and you took an off ramp and would put you on the other side of Cottage Grove Road from the warehouse.  it was kind of Iconic cause  their logo was of a polar bear.

I live about 20 minutes south and was going to Martial arts classes that afternoon, and would have taken the ramp and headed West along cottage grove road... not that day

From my home my first thought was "Oh someone is burning leaves"  but as I drove north, the thick black plume got bigger and bigger, until i was on the highway and went "Oh. I do not think i am getting off here"  had to take a 20 minute detour and was late for class

Literally had melted butter rivers in the culverts around the fire, we joked the road was going to be Renamed "Cottage cheese road"  The place stank of rancid butter for months

Some additional info i got 2nd hand.  The fire was caused by a malfunctioning Forklift.. the forklift was so bad while turned off it would raise it's forks, and the forklift company wouldn't fix it.  after a long legal battle the forklift company was found at fault and had to pay the Damages.  Pretty much saved Central State warehouse

Secondly, Oscar Meyer had pretty much cornered the Lunchable market at that point, and a majority of their stock burned up in the fire, which allowed competitors to get a foothold
 
6 days ago  

kkinnison: my CSB regarding the fire. (not subby)

Central Storage Warehouse is on the SE corner of Highway 51 and Cottage Grove Road.  There is (was) a large overpass of Cottage Grove road. and you took an off ramp and would put you on the other side of Cottage Grove Road from the warehouse.  it was kind of Iconic cause  their logo was of a polar bear.

I live about 20 minutes south and was going to Martial arts classes that afternoon, and would have taken the ramp and headed West along cottage grove road... not that day

From my home my first thought was "Oh someone is burning leaves"  but as I drove north, the thick black plume got bigger and bigger, until i was on the highway and went "Oh. I do not think i am getting off here"  had to take a 20 minute detour and was late for class

Literally had melted butter rivers in the culverts around the fire, we joked the road was going to be Renamed "Cottage cheese road"  The place stank of rancid butter for months

Some additional info i got 2nd hand.  The fire was caused by a malfunctioning Forklift.. the forklift was so bad while turned off it would raise it's forks, and the forklift company wouldn't fix it.  after a long legal battle the forklift company was found at fault and had to pay the Damages.  Pretty much saved Central State warehouse

Secondly, Oscar Meyer had pretty much cornered the Lunchable market at that point, and a majority of their stock burned up in the fire, which allowed competitors to get a foothold


Lunchables are a crime against humans, and their imitators are even worse.
 
6 days ago  
You'd think firefighters would know not to throw water on a grease fire.
 
6 days ago  
A crowd that reached an estimated 1,000 people gathered on an overpass of the highway peaking late Friday afternoon and cheered as pieces of the buildings crumbled.

50 years of 'Murica.
 
6 days ago  
Government surplus butter! We were in serious danger of having a butter gap! Lucky foreign adversaries didn't take advantage of our sudden vulnerability. These were dangerous days, my friends.
 
6 days ago  
It must be spring ya know, a butterfire.
 
6 days ago  
I misread the headline at first as "worst Wisconsin fire" and was going to chide Subby for saying anything but Peshtigo.

If you don't know about the Peshtigo fire, TL;DR: Happened the same day as The Great Chicago Fire, but destroyed almost the entirety of one county and large parts of three more while also killing more people than Chicago. But no press because, you know, Chicago.
 
6 days ago  

johnsoninca: You'd think firefighters would know not to throw water on a grease fire.


I've only had to deal with one grease fire...and it was in my kitchen.

Thankfully, I remembered my Cub Scout training from decades ago:

In my head:

"Water!  Wait!  Don't do that, dummy!  Snuff it out with another pan."
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  

TUFAschistEH: This:
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Sunday night, my cousin sent me the story:

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The fire was huge, you could see the glow miles away on the highway.

An old paper mill being on-fire is one of the most Wisconsin things ever.
 
6 days ago  

Cafe Threads: Lunchables are a crime against humans, and their imitators are even worse.


You can pry my lunchables for my cold dead hands
 
6 days ago  
One of the spectators of this fire was one Norbert Gunderson Culver, sitting there eating a burger thinking 'it's missing something'

Then there was a flare up of flames; startled, he dropped a burger in. Being a hungry Wisconsinite though, he wasn't going to let a mere Butter river fire stop him( and scooped it back up, ending up with 2nd degree burns over 90% of his hands.

That first bite though, told him it was all worth it. Here was the answer, the solution that would build his family's name and fortune:

Make the burgers greasy as shiat.
 
6 days ago  

johnsoninca: You'd think firefighters would know not to throw water on a grease fire.


Never undestimate the stupidity of desperation.
 
6 days ago  
Butter fark login
 
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6 days ago  

kkinnison: my CSB regarding the fire. (not subby)

Central Storage Warehouse is on the SE corner of Highway 51 and Cottage Grove Road.  There is (was) a large overpass of Cottage Grove road. and you took an off ramp and would put you on the other side of Cottage Grove Road from the warehouse.  it was kind of Iconic cause  their logo was of a polar bear.

I live about 20 minutes south and was going to Martial arts classes that afternoon, and would have taken the ramp and headed West along cottage grove road... not that day

From my home my first thought was "Oh someone is burning leaves"  but as I drove north, the thick black plume got bigger and bigger, until i was on the highway and went "Oh. I do not think i am getting off here"  had to take a 20 minute detour and was late for class


I lived on the FAR west side at the time. I could see it from the intersection of Pleasant View and Old Sauk Roads and it literally left me slack jawed. I couldn't wrap my head around how big that fire had to be to see it from there.

My now husband lived in the neighborhood on the other side of Hwy 51. He still has very vivid memories of the whole neighborhood stinking of rancid butter that summer.
 
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