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Plant employee hurt in hydrogen leak, fire near Joliet

Updated: October 25, 2011 4:09AM

A power plant employee was burned when a hydrogen leak caught fire late Monday near southwest suburban Joliet.

Crews from the East Joliet Fire Protection District responded about 10:30 p.m. to the Midwest Generation facility, 1601 S. Patterson Rd., and found compressed hydrogen leaking from a trailer, Capt. Matt Skole said.

Firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours as they stopped the leak and extinguished the blaze, he said.

One employee of the plant was burned and taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Skole said. The person’s condition was not known early Tuesday.

No firefighters were hurt, Skole said.

A Midwest Generation representative could not be reached for comment early Tuesday.

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