Breaking: Massive Explosion Rocks Chicago Biodiesel Plant


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News has just broken that a "massive explosion" has just rocked a Chicago biodiesel plant, and that at least two people were seriously injured in the blast. No one is thought to have been killed. Here's everything that's known about the unfortunate incident so far. According to Chicago Breaking News, the blast tore through the biodiesel plant on Chicago's West Side. It caught two plant workers in its wake:

The two victims were taken to area hospitals, one in serious to critical condition and other in fair to serious condition, said Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis. Other workers were being decontaminated on-scene following the explosion, he said.
And though the exact cause of the explosion is unknown, the early reports offer some insight:
The blast occurred as chemicals were being mixed and a truck was being unloaded in the plant a little after 9 a.m. at the plant located in the 800 block of North Albany Avenue. The address is listed to Columbus Foods Co.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford described the explosion as "massive."

Sulfuric acid is used in the work done at the plant, and may have been involved in the explosion, Curtis said. A chemical cloud rose from the explosion, and area buildings were evacuated and streets blocked off, he said.

Five ambulances and a hazardous materials team responded to the incident.


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