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Firefighters deem warehouse fires off I-80 'out,' almost 1 week later

A Will County Sheriff's deputy can be seen on Sunday, August 4, 2019, blocking the road for clean up from Saturday's warehouse fires at 20600 Amherst Court.
A Will County Sheriff's deputy can be seen on Sunday, August 4, 2019, blocking the road for clean up from Saturday's warehouse fires at 20600 Amherst Court.

The warehouse fires that could be seen from Interstate 80 and shut down the expressway Aug. 3 have been deemed officially “out” almost one week later.

New Lenox Fire Protection District officials announced in a Friday morning news release that the blaze at 20604 Amherst Court, just off I-80, had been extinguished.

“We were out there a lot in the past week, making sure things weren’t hot,” said Marisa Schrieber, public information officer for New Lenox fire.

She said the sheer scale of the fire made it prone to continued flare ups.

Will County area fire crews responded about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 to two MPG Industries buildings for a reported structure fire, authorities previously said. One of the buildings was a complete loss and the other sustained significant damage.

The structures were multiuse buildings belonging to MPG, which makes custom tools with special chemicals. No one was injured in the incident.

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal continues to investigate the fire’s cause. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. EPA were on the scene stabilizing and evaluating the site Friday. The U.S. EPA arrived on site Wednesday to stabilize and collect samples to identify chemicals there, an EPA spokesperson said. The EPA also will evaluate anything moved off site during firefighters’ efforts to battle the blaze.

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