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Dust Collector Fire at Manufacturing Plant in Illinois

November 18, 2019
The Laser Technologies Inc. plant in Naperville, IL. Image courtesy of Google Maps
The Laser Technologies Inc. plant in Naperville, IL. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A mechanical failure caused a fire to ignite in a dust collector Friday afternoon at a manufacturing plant in Naperville, IL, several local news organizations reported. Employees evacuated the facility during the blaze.

Crews responded to the Laser Technologies Inc. facility at 1120 Frontenac Rd. at about 2:30, according to coverage by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Officials said firefighters observed heavy smoke in the building upon arrival and worked for about 30 minutes to douse the flames. 

The fire was deemed accidental in nature, the Chicago Sun-Times said. No injuries were logged during the incident. 

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters remained on scene for about an hour to put out smoldering spots by the dust collection unit and remove smoke from the facility, the Daily Herald said. 

An inspector with the Naperville Transportation, Engineering & Developmental Department declared the building habitable following the incident. 

Laser Technologies manufactures laminations used in the motor and generator industries and offers fabrication services. The firm said on its website that the 160,000-sq-ft facility in Naperville has a range of capabilities, including CNC machining, welding, assembly, lamination stamping, notching, laser cutting, and core plate coating. 

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