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A massive fire at the Chemtool plant in Rockton Monday led officials to order an evacuation of everyone within one mile of the plant. The plant is located at 1165 Prairie Hill Road in Rockton. Officials say the plant produces oil-based lubricants. There are some 150 to 175 firefighters on-scene. No employees were hurt. One firefighter was take to a hospital with minor injuries. The building has already been destroyed and firefighters have stopped pouring water on the blaze over concerns with chemical runoff and are waiting for the products in the plant to burn up. Officials expect it to take several days to finish burning.