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Reports of smoke at Elgin facility leads to ground stoppage at airports

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A faulty fan, possibly in the bathroom, sparked a smoky fire at the FAA radar station in Elgin forcing controllers to evacuate and a ground stoppage at both Chicago’s major airports Tuesday.

At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Elgin police and fire responded to the TRACON at 1100 Bowes Road for a report of smoke coming from a vent shaft inside the building. The building personnel were evacuated in accordance with safety procedures.

An investigation revealed that the smoke was caused by by a faulty motor in the HVAC system.

Elgin fire officials allowed TRACON aviation supervisors back into the building at approximately 12:52 p.m. after the building was deemed safe and no fire to be present.

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