Chemicals Feed Fire at IL Recycling Facility

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 01:01 PM gHale


Crews worked through the night Wednesday to put out a large fire at a recycling facility in Des Plaines, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

No injuries were reported following the fire that started late Wednesday.

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When fire crews arrived at the scene, they found flames roaring out of the roof of the facility and the fire quickly spread.

In addition, there were explosions at the Maine Scrap Metal facility as the fire burned and chemicals inside the building fed the fire.

Additional crews from at least five nearby departments ended up responding to help fight the fire late Wednesday and into early Thursday morning.

The fire was mostly extinguished later on Thursday morning, but Dyer says at least half of the facility ended up destroyed.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.



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