One dead, two missing after 'catastrophic' plant explosion in IL

4 injured, 3 unaccounted for after explosion at Illinois silicone plant: reports

One body was recovered and two people were still missing after an overnight explosion and fire at an IL silicone plant are believed dead, authorities said Saturday.

An unknown number of employees, likely less than five people, are still unaccounted for following the "catastrophic explosion" that hit around 9:30 p.m. local time, said Cmdr.

The damage from the explosion is estimated to be more than one million US dollars, Steve Lenzi, spokesman for the Waukegan Fire Department, said in a statement.

Lenzi said early Saturday it was too early to speculate on what might have caused the explosion.

There is no concern for hazardous material being mixed in with debris.

The fire marshal said Saturday morning that in order to recover the other bodies, fire crews would have to wait until the remaining structure is torn down.

Two others are missing and officials said it is unlikely they survived, CBS Chicago reported. "We are working to determine the cause", the sheriff's office tweeted. Nine employees were inside the plant at the time. There are contaminants in the building, but an evacuation order has not been issued for nearby residents.

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"Fire, police, and paramedic personnel are working diligently at this scene", the Lake County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. Firefighters were met with several injured workers and found heavy damage to the building, fire officials said.

'Again, please stay out of the area and let the first-responders work'.

Nancy Carreno, who lives on Atlantic Avenue near the plant, said the explosion didn't break any windows but it was loud.

"Many neighboring properties are going to have damage", he said.

Lenzi said that there have been no major injuries to any emergency personnel.

Residents in the area said they heard the explosion and felt their homes shake.

Lenzi reported that the first arriving crews "were quickly overwhelmed" by flames at the plant, which is on the city's far northwest side near its border with Gurnee.

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