Fourth body recovered from plant site wrecked by explosion

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Fourth body recovered from plant site wrecked by explosion

The Associated Press

May 08, 2019 03:43 PM


Debris can be seen as emergency personnel and others search and clear the scene of an explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones chemical plant Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Waukegan, Ill. An explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone factory was believed to have killed three people, authorities said Saturday, as they recovered the body of one victim while suspending the search for the other two.

Chicago Tribune via AP

Erin Hooley


Crews have recovered the body of another victim of an explosion at a northern Illinois silicone plant that left four workers dead.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi says the body was recovered late Tuesday from the rubble of the AB Specialty Silicones factory in Waukegan, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Chicago. The identity of the victim hasn’t been released.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified two of the victims of Friday’s blast as 57-year-old Jeff Cummings of Kenosha, Wisconsin and 53-year-old Byron H. Biehn of Brighton Township, Wisconsin. Officials previously identified a third victim as 29-year-old Allen Stevens of Salem, Wisconsin.

Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper says an autopsy of the fourth victim is set for Thursday.

Lenzi has said there is no evidence of foul play and the explosion appears to be the result of an accident within the processes at the factory.

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