PLAINFIELD — Bystanders pulled a person out from under buses that caught fire on Friday afternoon in the 22000 block of 143rd Street, according to a news release from the Plainfield Fire Protection District.
The Plainfield Fire Protection District was called to the fire at 4:30 p.m. Seven buses that were undergoing salvage work were on fire, the release said.
The burn victim was doing salvage work under the buses and was transported by paramedics to the hospital in critical condition, the release said.
Another person at the scene was also transported to the hospital in fair condition with chest pains, the release said.
Water was brought to the scene because this area has no fire hydrants, the release said. Firefighters brought the fire under control in 30 minutes.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the release said.
While firefighters were extinguishing the fire, 143rd Street was shut down for approximately one hour. This resulted in “significant traffic congestion” because Lockport Street is closed and 143rd Street is the alternate route, the release said.
The Plainfield Police Department and the Will County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the Plainfield Fire Protection District, the release said.
The Naperville Fire Department, Oswego Fire Protection District and Troy Fire Protection District handled additional calls within the Plainfield Fire Protection District and “provided additional assistance and equipment within Plainfield fire stations during this incident,” the release said.