MORRIS, Ill. (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for Grundy County in response to an industrial fire in Morris.
A disaster proclamation grants the State of Illinois the ability to expedite the use of state resources, personnel or equipment and allows the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to procure additional resources to help the county respond to the disaster.READ MORE: Police, CPS Increase School Safety Measures After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students, Social Media Threats Appear Directed At Simeon And Other Schools
On Friday, officials in Morris said enough progress had been made in battling an industrial fire to allow thousands of residents who were evacuated three days earlier to return home.
Fire Chief Tracey Steffes says there is no active burning at the building that contained 100 tons of batteries.
The burning batteries were smothered with 28 tons of cement.READ MORE: Illinois Attorney General's Office Holds Virtual Town Hall As It Begins Investigation Into Death Of Eric Lurry In Joliet Police Custody
Firefighters resorted to the unconventional and possibly unprecedented tactic because using water or firefighting foam could have caused the batteries to explode.
He says firefighters are closely monitoring the fire because there remains a chance the batteries could start burning again.
On Thursday, the Illinois EPA asked the Illinois Attorney General to take legal action against the owner behind the lithium battery fire in Morris.MORE NEWS: Workers Walk Out At El Milagro Tortilla Factory In Little Village, Citing Unsafe Conditions And COVID-19 Concerns
People living in parts of Morris had to evacuate Tuesday because of the industrial fire involving lithium ion batteries, and the evacuation was deemed mandatory for 24 hours.