Blast at Ill. plant kills three night shift workers
The body of a third worker was recovered yesterday from the rubble of the Illinois silicone factory that exploded and erupted into flames late Friday. The search for the fourth body believed to still be in the debris that was the AB Specialty Silicones factory in Waukegan will resume today.
News reports say four of the nine employees that were in the 30,000 square foot plant when the blast occurred were injured and transported to local hospitals. One of the injured died at the hospital on Saturday.
More than 100 firefighters from more than two dozen area fire departments responded to the scene.
Two day days after the explosion, first responders still faced hazardous conditions in the unstable, fire-damaged structure that contains heavy piping and hazardous materials. It took two hours to retrieve the body of the third victim.
Five buildings near the plant were damaged. No injuries to nearby residents were reported.
The cause of the explosion is unknown.