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Multiple fire departments are at the scene of a fire and explosion at a construction company in Waukesha County. The response is at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle. Officials said the explosion and the fire had started shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The cause is still under investigation. No fatalities were reported but three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured. A worker was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Summerset Marine Construction owner Larry Chapman said the man had a broken leg and was undergoing surgery. A firefighter was taken to hospital and was in good condition. The other two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and were able to continue working at the scene. Dispatchers said everyone inside at the time of the explosion and fire was accounted for. News Chopper 12 was above the scene and captured video of smoke and flames coming from the building. Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles around. Nearby Eagle Elementary School was evacuated due to smoke. These students were sent home for the day, but no one was affected by the smoke. Several businesses in the area were also evacuated for a short time, but were able to resume work. and the roof partially collapsed. This prevented firefighters from completely extinguishing the fire. Units were called in from Milwaukee, Kenosha and Washington counties to help deliver more water. Firefighters expect the flames to last through the afternoon. Excavators were called in to help firefighters get to all of the fires. According to its website, Summerset Marine provides lift and jetty services, including installation, maintenance and repairs from Lake Country to the southeast Wisconsin. Summerset has a 24,000 square foot facility in Eagle with a showroom, office, factory and warehouse. The company has existed since 1990 and employs around sixty people. WISN 12 has several crews gathering more information on this developing story.

Multiple fire departments are at the scene of a fire and explosion at a construction company in Waukesha County.

The answer is at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle.

Officials said the explosion and fire began shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The cause is still under investigation.

No fatalities were reported but three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured.

A worker was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Summerset Marine Construction owner Larry Chapman said the man had a broken leg and was undergoing surgery.

We expected him to be OK.

The other two workers were treated at the scene.

Chapman said they suffered concussions and were dragged from the building by another employee.

A firefighter was taken to hospital and was in good condition.

The other two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and were able to continue working at the scene.

Dispatchers said everyone inside at the time of the explosion and fire had been accounted for.

News Chopper 12 was above the scene and captured video of smoke and flames coming from the building.

The smoke from the fire is visible for miles around.

Nearby Eagle Elementary School was evacuated due to smoke.

These students were sent home for the day, but no one was affected by the smoke.

Several businesses in the area were also evacuated for a short time but were able to resume work.

Homes within a one-mile radius were given a shelter-in-place order and told not to let outside air into their homes.

The building was heavily damaged and the roof partially collapsed.

This prevented firefighters from completely extinguishing the fire.

Units were called in from Milwaukee, Kenosha and Washington counties to help deliver more water.

Firefighters expect the flames to last through the afternoon.

Excavators were called in to help firefighters get to all the fires.

According to its website, Summerset Marine provides lift and pier services, including installation, maintenance, and repairs from Lake Country to southeast Wisconsin.

Summerset has a 24,000 square foot facility in Eagle with a showroom, office, factory and warehouse.

The company has existed since 1990 and employs around sixty people.

WISN 12 has several crews gathering more information on this developing story.

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