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1 dead, 1 injured in blast at Chicago area petroleum plant


LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion and fire at a suburban Chicago petroleum refinery killed one person and injured a second Tuesday morning. The Will County Sheriff’s Office says one person was confirmed dead and a second was transported to a hospital in Joliet following the explosion at Seneca Petroleum in Lemont, Illinois. Dan Tasso, chief of the Lemont Fire Protection District, says that aside from the fatality, one person suffered a minor injury. He says his department received a call for assistance about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. The sheriff’s office says that “initial reports indicate that the explosion may be from an asphalt tank.” Lemont is a village located in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties southwest of Chicago.

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