Illinois Chemical Plant Fire Brings Evacuations, Environmental Concerns

"A massive fire broke out at a suburban chemical plant on Monday morning, sending a towering plume of smoke into the air and forcing evacuations of residents who live near the plant.

According to officials, the fire broke out at the Chemtool lubricant manufacturing facility just after 7 a.m. Monday. Firefighters on the scene began to battle the blaze almost immediately, but it spread quickly, burning up a variety of chemicals that include lead, sulfuric acid and others.

Residents who live within a mile of the plant have been asked to evacuate, and residents who live within three miles of the plant have been asked to wear masks to protect themselves from airborne particulates, according to officials."

NBC 5 Chicago had the story June 14, 2021.

Source: NBC 5 Chicago, 06/15/2021