CHICAGO (CBS)– Residents living near that massive Rockton chemical fire have already filed two lawsuits. Both are going after the plant’s owner, Chemtool.
The class action suits were filed last week in Winnebago County. Both lawsuits are seeking compensation for damages.READ MORE: Chance The Rapper Speaking At Sky's WNBA Championship Parade And Rally
One accuses Chemtool of “negligence,” “creating a nuisance” and “failing to exercise reasonable care enough to prevent last week’s explosion..”READ MORE: Semi Truck Catches Fire On I-90 Near Barrington Exit
The fire began around June 14 at the Chemtool plant at 1165 Prairie Hill Rd. Some neighbors in the area reported hearing small explosions as the fire started burning. The company manufactures fluids, lubricants, and grease products for machinery.
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It took nearly a week for residents within a mile of the plant to return to their homes.