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Fire officials decide to let fire at Euclid chemical burn itself out

Posted by wlpo on October 10, 2010

A fire at a chemical plant in western Bureau County has been left to burn itself out.  That was the decision by officials Sunday after meeting with the U.S. and Illinois EPA.  Officials say that will eliminate the threat of injury to fire fighters and would lessen the threat of soil and water contamination.

The fire began early Saturday morning at the Euclid Chemical plant near Sheffield.  The place was closed and no one was injured.  Heavy black smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles.  The place is considered a total loss.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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