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ATF will investigate Ill. plant blaze

The fire took six hours to get under control and caused an estimated $20 million in damages


By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times

EAST JOLIET, Ill. — A special team of arson and explosives experts has been dispatched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to East Joliet, Ill., to determine the cause of a fire Sunday at a galvanizing plant — the largest in the U.S. and the second largest in the world — that caused more than $20 million in damage.

The agency's National Response Team (NRT) is investigating the blaze at the AZZ Galvanizing Plant building, where the early morning fire destroyed the 200,000-square-foot building. A team of two dozen agents and specialists arrived Monday and began their investigation immediately.

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