A boiler fire at a chemical factory in Gurnee Saturday afternoon left one employee injured and prompted the response of nearly a dozen fire departments, officials said.
The Gurnee Fire Department responded at 1:31 p.m. Saturday to reports of a structure fire at Vantage, 3938 Porett Drive in Gurnee.
Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief David Douglass told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that there was a fire in the exhaust stacks of an oil boiler.
Firefighters arrived and found light smoke coming from the factory.
The fire was contained to the exhaust stacks and deck, Douglass said.
A worker who was attempting to extinguish the fire was treated by paramedics for exhaustion and released from the scene, Douglass said.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to bring additional firefighters to the scene and to Gurnee’s two fire stations to cover any calls in the city.
Vantage is a global natural chemistry company that produces specialty chemicals, according to the company’s website.
Douglass said the Gurnee Fire Department was assisted by twelve fire departments.
A damage estimate was not immediately available.