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Wisconsin firefighter suffers minor work injury in blaze

A Wisconsin firefighter sustained a work injury after a fire broke out at Lambeau Field. The fire began in a fourth-floor construction area close to the southeast corner of the stadium. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but they had to wait until water was available before they were allowed to open the burning area and start battling the blaze. The work injury is said to be minor.

The firefighters were able to gain control over the blaze by using a ladder truck to pump water up to the fourth floor. Workers in the area were cutting metal when sparks from the work spread to insulation close by, sparking the blaze. It took the construction workers about 15 minutes to notice the smoke and flames. Construction workers tried to control the fire while awaiting the delivery of water to firefighters. No water was available because the construction area had not yet been equipped with it.

The damage is said to be limited and should not affect any renovations at Lambeau Field. The fire was not close to the team offices of the Green Bay Packers or any other area where people may be congregated at. However, several construction workers were close to the blaze area. There were fortunately no other injuries reported.

The firefighter's work injury was characterized as minor, but the specific details were not divulged. Like other people injured on the job, he may be eligible to receive workers' compensation, which are designed to cover any medical bills associated with the accident. The benefits could also help with any lost wages if he misses work while recovering from the injury. When a Wisconsin employee is injured on the job, they may be eligible to receive workers' compensation. Workers who have questions about the benefit and their eligibility may take some comfort in knowing that help is available to ensure they receive all that is due them under Wisconsin law.

Source: Wisconsin Rapid Tribune, "Lambeau Field singed by fire" Maria Amante and Doug Schneider, Dec. 13, 2012

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