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Fire Injures Construction Worker in Lawndale Storefront

A construction worker was injured in a fire over the weekend in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. The construction worker was rehabbing a store front in a small strip mall on the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue on September 1st. Around 5:35 p.m. the fire was reported to authorities. It was stated that there [….]


Workers Burned in 2010 Silo Explosion Awarded $180 Million by Jury

In April 2010, a fire ripped through a ConAgra silo and injured three men who were cleaning one area. This past week the three men were awarded $180 million by a jury. John W. Jentz, Robert Schmidt and Justin Becker made up one cleaning crew that was working on the silo located in the Southern [….]


Explosion at Arlington Heights Factory Kills One Man, Sends 10 Others to Hospitals

Arlington Heights was the scene of an explosion, fire and chemical leak that killed one man and sent 10 others to area hospitals. Witnesses stated that around 8:30 a.m. on May 22 they heard a loud booming noise that sounded like a car backfiring. Firefighters received a call around 9 a.m. that there was a [….]


Explosion at Hersher plant Sends Five Workers to Area Hospitals

A single “boom” on August 16, 2011, loud enough for neighbors to think a tree had fallen on their own house, indicated that an explosion had occurred at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America plant in Herscher in southwest Kankakee County.   Five people were hurt in the mid-morning explosion that caused a fire. [….]


Water Treatment Plant Implodes.

Kankakee was the scene of an explosion at the Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency wastewater treatment. Just before 9 A.M. on December 27, 2010, the digester building was demolished with an explosion occurred. The reason for the explosion is still under investigation.    KRMA Executive Director Richard Simms stated that the contents of the digester tanks [….]