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After eight days of burning, officials anticipate all Chemtool fires to be out in ‘next couple of days’

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ROCKTON (WREX) — We're learning more about when all of the Chemtool fires are expected to be put out.

In an email Tuesday, officials say US Fire Pump anticipates that all fires will be extinguished in the next couple of days.

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However, its crew will remain on scene for several days after suppression is complete to address any issues that may arise.

The US Chemical Safety Board is now on scene to conduct its investigation. Once all investigations are complete, the agencies will compile information before any results are released to the public. 

On Tuesday, teams began damage assessments in the one-mile radius around Chemtool.

Local agencies involved include Laborer’s Disaster Response Teams, Team Rubicon, Christopher Burke Engineering, and multiple local personnel from Rockton, Rockford, and other communities. If you'd like to read a copy of the disaster impact assessment form being completed by workers and residents click here.

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Local damage assessment teams will be joined by IEMA and supported by MABAS.

Dozens crammed into the Mary's Market banquet room in Roscoe on Monday to continue their search for answers after the Chemtool fire.

Several residents started a Facebook group Citzens for Chemtool Accountability who organized the meeting in an attempt to gather and bring awareness.

Group organizers Blake Atterbury and Anita Bird don't believe Lubrizol who owns Chemtool has done enough to answer residents' questions.

"We have concerns about the first sprinkler systems, the chemical compounds release, the water quality, the air quality, there's a lot of questions like this," Atterbury said. "We feel the effects of this disaster have not been properly quantified."

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The meeting went for two hours with several people giving their testimonies claiming a lack of clear communication from health departments and Lubrizol.

One of the main goals of the meeting and Facebook group, per Bird and Atterbury, is to get a public forum with those officials to ask questions.

Rockton Village President John Peterson was in attendance and agrees that residents deserve a forum to ask questions.

"I'd really like to have some kind of a forum where we can have people come and ask questions and get good, solid answers back," Peterson said.

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