Company issues statement as Rockton chemical plant fire continues to burn

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ROCKTON, Ill. — The company that owns the Chemtool facility burning in Rockton, Illinois has issued a statement on the fire that has forced evacuations in the area.

The Lubrizol Corporation, which owns the Chemtool plant in Rockton, issued the following statement on the incident:

“At approximately 7 a.m. today, local emergency personnel responded to a fire at the Lubrizol Corporation’s Chemtool Facility in Rockton, Ill. We have confirmed all on site are safe and accounted for. Our concern right now is for the safety of all our employees and the surrounding community. As a precaution, authorities have evacuated residents in a one-mile radius of the site.

We do not yet know what caused this incident, but we will be working with local authorities and with our own risk management team to determine what happened and identify any corrective actions. We will share more details as they are known. We are grateful to our employees, first responders and safety forces responding to this incident.”

One firefighter has suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire, according to local officials.