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Two employees injured in Glendale Heights plant explosion


GLENDALE HEIGHTS — Two employees were injured Monday when machinery exploded in a factory in west suburban Glendale Heights.

Smoke was seen coming from the Northstar Metal Products Inc. after an explosion was reported about noon Monday, Glendale Heights police said. Northstar Metal is at 591 Mitchell Drive.

It is believed a piece of machinery exploded and caught fire inside the building, police said.

An employee was treated at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights and another was treated at the scene, police said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but appears to be mechanical, police said. There were no signs of foul play and no estimate of property damage was immediately available.

All trains on the adjacent Canadian National railroad track was stopped and traffic was closed on Glen Ellyn Road, between Gregory Avenue and Windy Point Drive, police said.

Firefighters from the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District and surrounding areas remained on the scene Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the explosion should call Glendale Heights police at (630) 260-6070.

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