Fire damages manufacturing building in Alsip
July 11, 2012 3:16PM
Heavy smoke and flames come from the roof of Greif Bros. Corporation after a fire started in the facility at 4300 W. 130th in Alsip, IL on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media .
Updated: August 13, 2012 1:56PM
A shipping container manufacturer in Alsip is expected to be shut down until early next week after a fire Wednesday in an exhaust system on the building’s roof, officials said.
Firefighters responded about 2:15 p.m. after an Alsip police officer saw black smoke coming from the roof at Greif, Inc., 4300 W. 130th St., Alsip Deputy Fire Chief Tom Styczynski said.
Plant personnel told firefighters they had been having a mechanical issue with a regenerating station, Styczynski said. Shortly thereafter, an exhaust system on the roof ignited, he said.
The fire was contained to the roof area, nobody was hurt, and there were no concerns regarding hazardous materials, Styczynski said.
Greif, Inc. manufactures steel shipping containers, such as metal drums. Styczynski said the exhaust from multiple furnaces collects and travels through long venting structures to the regeneration station.
Company spokeswoman Deb Strohmaier said customers’ orders would be produced at other sites and that normal operations in Alsip are expected to resume early next week.