Nobody hurt in 3-alarm fire at Beloit Box Board

May 29, 2018

A fire in a century-old box paper mill in Beloit Monday night resulted in 33 firefighting units responding to the blaze, with nobody hurt in the fire.

The fire was reported at about 10 p.m. at Beloit Box Board, 801 Second St., the Beloit Fire Department said.

The fire was extinguished at about 1 a.m.Tuesday.

“Flames were visible from the roof of the building,” said spokeswoman Sarah Millard. “Due to the space constraints in the building, equipment in the building and the level of the fire, a three-alarm response was needed to safely extinguish the fire.”

The company, along the banks of the Rock River, turns recycled paper into paperboard, and has been doing so since 1907.

Departments from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois responded to the fire, including units from the Town of Beloit, South Beloit, Janesville, Town of Turtle, North Park, Harlem Roscoe, Rockton, Edgerton, Milton, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Boone County District 2, Boone County District 3, Delavan, Elkhorn, Clinton, Sharon, Monroe, Rockford, Capron, Pecatonica, Belvidere and Win Bur Sew.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimate was given.