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posted: 10/19/2012 10:58 PM

Elk Grove furnace fire at plant hurts 1

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Oil squirting out of a broken pipe ignited a furnace fire at an Elk Grove Village manufacturing plant Friday, authorities said.

A line worker in the center of the processing area at Chem Plate Industries, 1800 Touhy Avenue, was working near the open flame of a furnace when the nearby pipe broke about 10 a.m., leading to flames and smoke, according to Lt. Michael Sharp of the Elk Grove Fire Department.

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"It's one little machine, but (smoke) filled up the whole building," Sharp said.

About 20 employees evacuated safely. The line worker suffered a minor hand burn, but no other injuries were reported, Sharp said.

The plant was closed the rest of the day for cleanup.

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