Three workers missing after Chicago-area plant explosion

4 injured, 3 unaccounted for after explosion at Illinois silicone plant: reports

An explosion and fire at an IL silicone factory was believed to have killed four people, authorities say.

The explosion happened about 9:30 p.m. Friday at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in the 3700 block of Sunset Avenue in Waukegan.

The search will continue Sunday for two missing Waukegan plant employees who are believed to be dead after an explosion Friday.

Four people have been hospitalized, according to the Chicago Tribune, after an explosion at a silicone factory in Gurnee, a suburb to the north of Chicago. Two others are missing and officials said it is unlikely they survived, CBS Chicago reported.

The fire has been extinguished, and hazardous materials technicians and other teams are on the scene and searching, Lenzi said.

On Saturday morning, officials confirmed to WLS-TV they have found one body.

The cause of the explosion Friday night at the plant hasn't been determined.




Lenzi said everyone affected was an employee working at the time. He referred further questions to the coroner's office.

Objects including large steel beams were subject to strong winds, and the building's insurance is working to obtain equipment to remove some of the heavy debris so the search can resume. Two other workers did not require treatment at the time. The state fire marshal is investigating, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

'We are shocked and heartbroken by the tragedy that occurred in our plant last night, ' he stated, adding that the company is focusing on offering support to company employees and their families. She also said a supervisor tried to warn people to get out of the building before the explosion.

"The explosion was a big boom and the ground shook", Nancy Carreno, who lives near the plant, told the Lake County News-Sun.

Over 100 firefighters responded to the blast from at least 30 different fire departments, Lenzi said.

"It was leveled. It's right across from the emission testing station", she said, in reference to a state of IL facility. We received assistance from numerous fire departments, police departments and our public works crews even assisted at the scene.

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