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Wisconsin men identified as victims of Illinois explosion

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Posted at 2:21 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 16:32:26-04

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Officials identified two more victims of a deadly northern Illinois explosion as crews continued searching for a fourth worker whose body hasn't been recovered.

The Lake County Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified two of the victims of Friday's blast at AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan as 57-year-old Jeff Cummings of Kenosha and 53-year-old Byron H. Biehn of Brighton Township. The coroner's office says autopsy results for the men were pending toxicology results. Officials previously identified victim 29-year-old Allen Stevens of Salem.


Also Tuesday, crews continued searching the building's wreckage for the body of a fourth worker who also is believed to be dead.

Coroner Howard Cooper called the explosion "an awful tragedy of epic proportion."

Waukegan is about 50 miles north of Chicago.