There were no injuries after a multi-alarm hazardous materials fire Feb. 7 at Olon Industries, 411 Union St. on Geneva’s near west side.
The Geneva Fire Department was dispatched at 1:33 p.m. to the industrial manufacturing facility for an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters were notified by facility workers that there had been an explosion in the chemical storage building at the site.
The initial response was immediately elevated to a General Alarm and then to a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) first-level fire and hazardous materials alarm to bring in additional manpower, equipment and resources.
The preliminary cause of the explosion and fire remains under investigation. Damage to the facility was limited to a 16-foot by 16-foot chemical storage building to the rear of the factory.
Fire personnel took appropriate actions to control the chemicals being released and extinguished the fire at 4:25 p.m. There is no known hazard to the community at this time.
A precautionary evacuation was ordered for Wheeler Park, the Geneva Township Senior Center and the Geneva Park District offices located due east of the incident. Factory employees already had exited the building after the fire alarm had been activated.
Notifications were made to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Firefighters from Batavia, St. Charles, Elburn, North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Aurora, Montgomery, West Chicago, Fermilab, Sugar Grove, Elgin, Carol Stream, South Elgin, and Bartlett assisted Geneva at the scene.
The Winfield, Wheaton, Fox River & Countryside, and Sugar Grove fire departments filled in the Geneva fire stations and responded to other calls in the community.
Additional support was provided by the Geneva Police Department, Geneva Emergency Management Agency, Kane County Office of Emergency Management, Geneva Public Works Department, and Nicor Gas.