“As a fire at a building housing tons of lithium batteries continued to burn Wednesday in Morris — forcing the evacuation of about 3,000 people from their homes — Mayor Chris Brown said the city never received a business license request from the company occupying the structure.
“Nobody’s applied. We didn’t even know they existed until (Tuesday) afternoon,” Brown said at a news conference Wednesday morning. “There was no way of knowing what was inside. There was never an application made.””
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Rosenberg-Douglas, Katherine. Chicago Tribune 30 June 2021.