Fire Extinguisher Plant Catches Fire

Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 05:03 PM gHale

A fire extinguisher plant was the site of a multi-alarm blaze in the Archer Heights neighborhood in Chicago Thursday.

Around 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which started around 9 p.m. Thursday at a two-story industrial building in the 3800 block of West 38th Street.

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It took firefighters nearly three hours to get the fire under control. By then, the building’s roof had collapsed, and the structure had sustained extensive damage. Even after the fire was out, crews continued dousing hot spots throughout Friday morning.

The factory was fully operational, and housed several companies, including one that manufactures fire extinguishers.

With thick smoke billowing from the structure, crews also had to deal with a water supply problem, as the water supply in the area is private, and there are a limited number of hydrants. Firefighters had to use six fire engines, spaced out over a distance, to pump sufficient water to the building.

The Fire Department also initiated a hazardous materials response, due to chemicals stored inside. Ironically, one of those chemicals is an active ingredient in fire extinguishers. Crews later determined none of the chemicals posed a risk.

There were no injuries in the incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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