Evacuation Lifted after IL Chemical Plant Fire

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SEWARD, Ill. (AP) - Residents evacuated from the tiny northern Illinois town of Seward after a chemical plant fire are returning home.

Local fire officials gave the all-clear Monday afternoon, after tests determined that the air quality was safe.

Officials at Nova-Kem say a valve malfunction might have caused Sunday's explosion and fire that destroyed the company's manufacturing facility. A final determination will be made after an investigation is completed.

One employee was treated for minor injuries.

The company manufactures a chemical used in the production of memory chips used in electronic devices

The explosion and fire prompted officials to evacuate residents within a 2-mile radius of the plant. Seward is a town of about 300 located 18 miles west of Rockford.

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