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Chemical plant fire burning southwest of Peoria

MAPLETON (AP) — Authorities have opened a state highway as they make progress in fighting a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Peoria.

Peoria County communications supervisor Sandy Klatt said Monday that state Highway 24 has been opened through Mapleton and firefighters now have the fire at the Chemtura Corporation plant under control.

Klatt said no one had been injured and no evacuations were needed in the small town. Mapleton is about 10 miles southwest of Peoria along the Illinois River and has about 270 residents.

Information about how the fire started was not yet available.

Initial reports incorrectly indicated the plant is owned by Lanza Inc. That company is a former owner.

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