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AFP
June 16, 2021

Fire hits Illinois chemical plant

AFP
June 16, 2021

Chicago: A colossal fire at a US chemical plant sent pluming flames into the air on Monday, and emitted a column of thick, black smoke hundreds of feet high.

Everyone within a one-mile radius of the Chemtool facility in Illinois was told to evacuate the area. The company, a subsidiary of chemicals giant Lubrizol, said no one was hurt in the fire at the factory on the outskirts of Rockton -- about 80 miles northwest of Chicago -- which makes industrial fluids and greases. "It’s been a very catastrophic day for our community," Rockton fire chief told a press conference.