La SALLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a large fire that sent smoke plumes towering over a northern Illinois chemical plant has been contained and no injuries have been reported. The fire at Carus Chemical in La Salle was reported around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Nearby residents were told to shelter in place until that order was lifted at 5 p.m. La Salle Fire Chief Jerry Janick says officials are considering their next steps. He says he can’t confirm earlier reports of explosions. It’s not known yet what caused the blaze. La Salle Police Chief Mike Smudzinski said no injuries have been reported and all of the plant’s workers are safe.
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