A corrosive chemical leaked from a plastic pipe at a Tootsie Roll plant in Ford City on the Southwest Side of Chicago early Wednesday, prompting a hazardous materials response from the Chicago Fire Department.
Crews were sent to the 7400 block of Cicero Road in Ford City, just south of Midway Airport, around 3 a.m., according to Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez.
“We responded to a call that a corrosive agent was leaking through a plastic pipe,” he said. “Three people were evacuated from the immediate area.”
Hernandez said the spill was contained to about 20 gallons. He could not specify what type of chemical spilled.
“We went in the Tootsie Roll factory and investigated and determined there was no additional leakage,” Hernandez said. “We secured the site and the company is going to call someone out to do clean-up.”
He said the three people who were working in the immediate area were the only ones asked to evacuate as emergency responders worked. The building remained open.
“The factory is still in service, they’re just going to clean up that area,” he said.
Some early morning traffic was rerouted due to road closures in the immediate area.