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Chemical Fire Draws Illinois National Guard; Locals Evacuate

  • Industrial plant fire continues to send black smoke into sky
  • Residents are evacuated and asked to wear face masks
Firefighters battle a fire at Chemtool Inc. in Rockton, Illinois, on June 14. 

Firefighters battle a fire at Chemtool Inc. in Rockton, Illinois, on June 14. 

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A massive fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois spurred the governor to deploy the National Guard to the area as local residents were evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

The industrial fire broke out early Monday morning at a lubricants plant operated by Chemtool, owned by a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The blaze, burning in Rockton, Illinois, continued to send a thick plume of black smoke into the sky in the late afternoon.