One of Pease’s last remaining businesses went up in flames Tuesday, April 14.
Part of the facilities of Pease Produce, a wholesale processor of fresh eggs, cheese, and butter, was destroyed by fire. The building is located at 240 Central Ave. in Pease.
Witnesses in Pease say they heard an explosion around 11 p.m.
The fire lit up the night sky and wasn’t controlled until early morning. Firefighters from Milaca, Princeton, Zimmerman, Foreston and Onamia were among the fire departments called to fight the blaze.
Pease Produce was founded in 1920. The company was purchased by Herman Hubers in the mid 1950s, and was bought by current owner Steve Hubers in 1978. Pease Produce is a third-generation business.
The building that burned is a former location of Timmer Implement.
According to the Pease Produce website, the company shipped eggs to the Army during World War II. The eggs were loaded onto railcars right out of the back of the building.