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Abnormal chemical reaction leads to Crystal Lake HAZMAT call

CRYSTAL LAKE – An abnormal chemical reaction inside of local business Monday led to a HAZMAT call.

Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Robert Kohley said about 7:30 p.m. Monday, employees at John Crane Inc. at 29-31 Burdent Drive, saw vinyl toluene inside a 55-gallon drum began to have "a reaction that wasn't normal. They got concerned and called for us to come evaluate the situation."

The drum was pressurized and crews feared a potential hazardous material incident could occur, according to a news release. Hazmat technicians later determined that the drum was safe in its current location and that its contents would be removed by a remediation company at a later time.

About 11 p.m. the situation stabilized. Power was cut off to the building.

The company had its HAZMAT company come in to help monitor the situation, Kohley said.

There were no injuries, Kohley said.

Walkup Road and Route 176 around the area were closed as crews worked.

Crews from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Cary, Woodstock, Huntley, Harvard, Lakewood, McHenry Township, Fox RIver Grove, Barrington, Wauconda and Buffalo Grove assisted during the incident.

- Joseph Bustos

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