Crews battle blaze 
at plastics facility

ZION – Authorities say part of Zion was evacuated as hazardous fumes broke out from a fire at a plastics facility.

No injuries were reported Sunday.

Crews were called to Maine Plastics in Zion about 7 a.m. after reports of smoke. Officials say it was elevated to a three-alarm fire by 9 a.m. Pallets containing plastics products and cardboard were on fire inside a gated area.

Zion Fire Chief John Lewis said the plastic contains acetol, a chemical that gives off formaldehyde. He said an evacuation was ordered in the vicinity. The evacuation was canceled by noon.

The company’s website said it’s a buyer and seller of plastics, metals and uncommon materials.

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