Evacuated residents allowed to return home
MILACA, Minn. — A fire at a manufacturing plant in Isle prompted the evacuation of nearby residents Friday morning. Isle is on the shore of Lake Mille Lacs.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 4 p.m.
The extent of the damage to the building was unclear. No injuries were reported.
A dispatcher at the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office says the report of a fire at Merit Enterprises came in shortly after 5 a.m. Officials ordered the evacuation because they feared toxic chemicals could be released by the fire. However, she says she didn’t think that happened.
Merit Enterprises says on its Web site that it is a metal finishing company that has been plating parts with precious metals for more than 50 years.