Haze at Elgin factory prompts HazMat response

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Elgin Fire Department

A haze at a northwest suburban Elgin factory early Sunday prompted a hazardous materials response.

At 1:30 a.m., the Elgin Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Safety-Kleen waste management company at 1500 Villa St., according to a statement from the Elgin Fire Department. Upon their arrival, they “found an industrial building with a light haze, unlocked doors and a pickup truck parked outside.”

They initially thought the haze was being caused by a chemical solution, which prompted the hazardous materials response, fire officials said. The cause of the haze was later determined to be overheating coils on a heater within the vat.

No injuries were reported, officials said.

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