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At least two hurt in Glendale Heights explosion

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  • A firefighter is placed in an ambulance Monday as crews battle a fire and explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.

      A firefighter is placed in an ambulance Monday as crews battle a fire and explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters work on the roof of Northstar Metal Products in Glendale Heights where an explosion and fire injured at least two people.

      Firefighters work on the roof of Northstar Metal Products in Glendale Heights where an explosion and fire injured at least two people.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters from multiple departments battle a blaze Monday that resulted from an explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.

      Firefighters from multiple departments battle a blaze Monday that resulted from an explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters pull a hose into the Northstar Metal Products Inc. building in Glendale Heights after an explosion sparked a fire and injured at least two people.

      Firefighters pull a hose into the Northstar Metal Products Inc. building in Glendale Heights after an explosion sparked a fire and injured at least two people.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • At least two people were injured Monday in a fire and explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.

      At least two people were injured Monday in a fire and explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters work Monday on the roof of Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.

      Firefighters work Monday on the roof of Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Eight engines, four trucks and five ambulances responded Monday to an explosion and fire at a metal fabricating plant in Glendale Heights.

      Eight engines, four trucks and five ambulances responded Monday to an explosion and fire at a metal fabricating plant in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters battle an explosion and fire Monday in Glendale Heights.

      Firefighters battle an explosion and fire Monday in Glendale Heights.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Some of the workers from Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights watch as firefighters battle a blaze at their plant.

      Some of the workers from Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights watch as firefighters battle a blaze at their plant.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

At least two people were injured Monday morning in an explosion and fire inside Northstar Metal Products Inc., a metal fabricating plant in Glendale Heights.

Bloomingdale Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Janus said firefighters responded at 11:56 a.m. to a report of an explosion and arrived to find smoke pouring from the rear of the building at 591 Mitchell Drive.

Authorities were working to determine what caused the explosion, but preliminary indications are it was a combination of a piece of machinery and shavings from a metal fabricating process.

An employee who asked not to be named said it appeared aluminum dust in the company's grinding room may have ignited to trigger the explosion. He said he heard a loud noise and saw a lot of flames.

Janus said one employee was transported to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights with injuries that were not life-threatening. A second employee was treated at the scene.

Witnesses also saw a firefighter being placed in an ambulance.

The fire was brought under control relatively quickly, Janus said. But firefighters worked inside the building for several hours dealing with "hot spots."

There were no signs of foul play, authorities said, and damage estimates weren't available.

Glen Ellyn Road was closed between Gregory Avenue and Windy Point Drive until about 3 p.m., officials said.

Janus said eight fire engines, four trucks and five ambulances responded to the scene.

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