Breaking News Bar
updated: 4/5/2013 11:30 AM

Crews quickly snuff out Des Plaines lab fire

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Daily Herald staff report

A minor laboratory fire Thursday afternoon at Abbott Molecular in Des Plaines was easily extinguished with little damage to the building and no injuries to the occupants, authorities said.

The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to the call at 12:23 p.m. to the building at 1300 E. Touhy Ave. The building was evacuated. Crews encountered smoke in the hallways and employees reported a possible chemical fire in one of the laboratories, later found to be in the east section of the building, officials said.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The fire started when a technician was working with chemicals and the fumes ignited. The technician left the room and the fire grew, igniting nearby combustibles and activating the automatic fire sprinkler system, which contained the spread but did not extinguish the chemicals, officials said.

Fire crews used fire extinguishers to put out the fire within a half-hour. Officials are investigating the ignition source.

After fire crews assisted with clean up of water from the sprinkler system, the building was turned over to Abbott management around 2 p.m. A preliminary estimate shows $35,000 in damages, officials said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.