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Fire destroys building, septic service trucks in Little Chute


LITTLE CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - Two septic service trucks were badly damaged after a fire in Little Chute Saturday.

Firefighters were called after a report of a semi tractor fire at Van's Septic Service, 2760 Elm Drive, around noon.

“Within 5 minutes you couldn’t see the building from across the road, smoke was so thick,” Perry Baxter, a Little Chute neighbor, told FOX 11. “I heard an explosion that I momentarily mistook for thunder, took a look outside and saw the building was on fire.”

Inside the building, which Van's occupies, were two trucks used to collect septic tank waste water.

“There was some explosions they can be attributed to tires blowing there was some fuel tanks in there may have blown,” Little Chute Fire Chief Mark Jansen told FOX 11.

The building, which is considered a total loss, is used for storage and equipment maintenance.

FOX 11 is told many of Van’s customers will be referred to another local septic service, since two trucks were destroyed. The owners hope in time to rebuild.

No word yet on a cause and the investigtation continues.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)