‘Deliberate’ Fire at FAA Facility Causes Ground Stops in Illinois, Hampers Air Travel

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A fire in the basement at an FAA air traffic control center in Aurora has forced a complete halt to flights in and out of O’Hare and Midway Airports.

At 5:42 a.m. Friday, the Aurora Fire and Police responded to the FAA Air Traffic Control Center, 619 W. Indian Trail, for a report of a fire in the basement of the facility.

Aurora officials confirm that the fire was deliberately started by a male contractor, and this was not an act of terrorism.

That man was found in the basement suffering from apparent self-inflicted wounds. He was transported to an Aurora hospital where he is undergoing treatment at this time.

An ATF source tells WGN-TV that this was a disgruntled  contractor who was upset because he was being transferred to Hawaii.

According to our ATF source, he went down to the transmission lines in the basement and wrapped them in rags and soaked the rags in gasoline. He started cutting the lines as well. He was not attempting to kill himself, he accidentally cut himself and was burned in the process.

Read more on this story from WGN-TV here.