Hazmat situation at Carpentersville factory

January 17, 2009 6:07:57 PM PST
A chemical leak at a far northwest suburban fan factory sent 14 people, including 10 firefighters, to the hospital.The leak was reported at Revcor Incorporated around 6:15 a.m. Saturday in Carpentersville.

At first, the four employees at the business thought an electrical problem was producing smoke. However, firefighters discovered it was actually a cleaning machine using corrosive chemicals that was leaking. So, they called in a hazardous materials team.

"That machine was shut off. The building was ventilated and turned over to Revcor to hire a company to do a cleanup process," said Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schultt.

The people who were exposed to the chemicals were taken to area hospitals as a precaution.

They were all released later Saturday.


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