Firefighters battle chemical fire near Princeton

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Firefighters are fighting a chemical fire outside of Princeton, and fire officials are asking residents to take precautions by staying indoors and closing up their homes. Read more
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Princeton, IL

#1 Oct 9, 2010
At this time they are evucating the town of Wyanet, Illinois due to the chemical fire.
Richard Heise

Cambridge, IL

#2 Oct 9, 2010
We live in Neponset and can smell the fumes from here. I feel so sorry for the employees and owners of this plant, it seemed to be an up and coming operation. Saw two large tanks waiting to be installed there last week and now there is nothing. The firemen are doing the best they can, but water has to hauled in from elsewhere by dozens of firetrucks and water will not put out chemical fires.

Oglesby, IL

#3 Oct 9, 2010
As of 11`:50 am Wyanet is NOT being evacuated yet.
Nancy wrote:
At this time they are evucating the town of Wyanet, Illinois due to the chemical fire.

Milton, FL

#4 Oct 9, 2010
I'm in Sheffield, i can see the black smoke from my house and can smell the chemicals burning.

Kewanee, IL

#5 Oct 9, 2010
I live in Wyanet and we are not being evacuated. We are to stay inside with windows closed. The smoke is almost gone and we dont have to leave our homes yet.

Moline, IL

#6 Oct 9, 2010
I live in Sheffield and we haven't been told anything.

Milton, FL

#7 Oct 9, 2010
I am from Sheffield and my dad is one of the firemen out there. Wyanet is not being evacuated, just told to stay in and keep windows and doors closed. I was out there at the intersection of 40 & 34 handing out water and bringing stuff to my dad about 11-11:30 and the smoke was still pouring out and there was still explosions going off and fireballs high up in the air. I pray then men and woman out there stay safe!

Kendallville, IN

#8 Oct 9, 2010

United States

#9 Oct 9, 2010
We could see the smoke on 89 between Ladd and Spring Valley around 10 this morning
Tammy Dammann

United States

#10 Oct 9, 2010
Shouldn't there be a crawl on the bottom of the television screen, warning people of this? Not everyone has internet access, or has a radio turned on.

Since: Oct 10

United States

#11 Oct 9, 2010
I'm from Princeton, not Ohio, as my previous posting states.

Greenwood, IN

#12 Oct 9, 2010
Very true that the fire is in rural Sheffield, but Princeton is 13 miles fom the fire.

Cambridge, IL

#13 Oct 9, 2010
you would think they would have something, that way people who needed to drive that way could find a route that was not blocked off.

Gulf Breeze, FL

#14 Oct 9, 2010
wow how terrible! i live about 20 miles from there and you cant see any of the smoke or smell anything! hopefully everyone is alright

Newark, NJ

#15 Oct 9, 2010
With all these dangerous chemicals burning we still find something to complain about... Come on folks!!
fista cuffs

United States

#16 Oct 9, 2010
i heard the fire has spread , and is surrounding buda, i got a text from a freind saying the townspeople are gathered in the community hall, praying for rain...lord help us..

Gulf Breeze, FL

#17 Oct 9, 2010
it is not growing...but five firefighters r getting sick
kymy Hedhepeth

Greenwood, IN

#18 Oct 9, 2010
unless u see somthing with ur own eyes please quit posting stuff
its bad enough we dont kno wats actually happening
we dont need to add to the panic

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Oct 9, 2010
I agree, I live in wyanet but we are in Princeton now, it's darker here but you really can't see the smoke which makes me fear that who knows what is in the air but because no one can see anything that looks like real danger who knows what we are breathing in!
Bureau County Citizen

Gulf Breeze, FL

#20 Oct 9, 2010
Fista Cuffs that's not necessary to start posting nonsense like that! The fire has NOT spread! The fire is still going due to all the chemicals but it's contained. Firemen are getting sick from the chemicals and smoke but should hopefully be OK. You should all prey that they remain safe.

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