Three people killed in an explosion at a factory in Illinois

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Three people killed in an explosion at a factory in Illinois

Authorities are establishing the cause of the incident

Three people who went missing after a powerful explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Illinois are likely to have died. This was reported on Saturday by the Associated Press, citing Waukegan County authorities..

According to Stephen Lenzie, the Waukegan County fire chief, rescuers stopped searching for the three missing persons for security reasons. Pipelines and other equipment inside the building were severely damaged in the explosion. They can collapse at any moment. Lenzi added that the search for the bodies of the dead can only be resumed in a few days..

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The explosion occurred on the night from Friday to Saturday at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in Waukegan, 80 km north of Chicago. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident. At the time of the explosion, there were nine people at the plant. Four workers were injured and received medical attention. Two more people refused treatment, and three went missing.

Three people killed in an explosion at a factory in Illinois

Stephen Lenzi told reporters that the factory was open 24 hours a day. It produced silicone raw materials for cosmetics. Illinois Fire Department and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of the fire.

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Residents of the area where the factory was located told reporters that the explosion was very powerful. Five buildings near the plant were damaged. More than 100 firefighters took part in extinguishing the fire.

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