CHICAGO A fire in an external wall at Nichols Aluminum
LLCs Lincolnshire, Ill., facility was quickly
extinguished and production was largely unaffected, according
to a local fire chief.
The blaze broke out at about 9:20 am local time May 7. Fire
crews responded within two minutes, and the blaze was
extinguished by approximately 9:40 am, Fire Chief Fred Kruger
of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District told
First responders remained on the scene for approximately 90 to
120 minutes to remove portions of the affected wall and
insulation to make sure the fire had not spread, Kruger said.
The fire and smoke were largely contained outside of the
building, and damage to the structure was minimal,
Employees had been evacuated before the firefighters arrived,
and there were no injuries. Production at the plant had not
been greatly affected, he suggested.
As far as operation of the company, they were back in
service as soon as we got out of their way, Kruger said.
Nichols Aluminum is a subsidiary of Houston-based Quanex
Building Products Corp. The Lincolnshire facility finishes
aluminum sheet, according to the companys web site.
Quanex did not respond for a request for comment May 7.