Man with 'self-inflicted wounds' found at fire that has closed all Chicago-area airports

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Man with 'self-inflicted wounds' found at fire that has closed all Chicago-area airports
In this Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 courtroom sketch, Thirty-six-year-old Brian Howard, right, of Naperville, Ill., and his attorney Ron Safer, second right, appear before federal judge Michael T. Mason, left, along with prosecutor, Andrew Polovin, Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
A fire at the FAA's Chicago Center, in suburban Aurora, has halted all air traffic in or out of major airports in Chicago and Detroit. (WGN)
This view of air traffic over the United States shows a virtual hole in the sky over Chicago. (FlightRadar24)
A fire truck seen earlier Friday morning at the burning building. (WGN)
Employees seen outside the facility after being evacuated. (WGN)
The Chicago Center seen from the air. (WGN)
There is virtually no air traffic over Chicago, home to both O'Hare International (the world's busiest airport) and Midway Airport. (FlightAware)
A United Airlines jet takes off from O'Hare International Airport on September 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, 67 million passengers passed through O'Hare, another 20 million passed through Chicago's Midway Airport, and the two airports combined moved more than 1.4 million tons of air cargo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Ann Walden and her 15 month-old daughter Delphine wait in-line after their flight to Baton Rouge was delayed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Dennis McCormack of Rockaway, N.J. checks the departure board only to find out that his flight to Newark, N.J. has been canceled at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Dennis McCormack of Rockaway, N.J. checks the departure board only to find out that his flight to Newark, N.J. has been canceled at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Kanna Ortiz 4, waits in a line after her flight back home to New Jersey was delayed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Breanne Eging checks on her flight to Greenville, South Carolina at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Ann Walden plays with her 15 month-old daughter Delphine while waiting in-line after their flight to Baton Rouge was delayed at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All flights in and out of Chicago's two airports were halted Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S. air travel network. Authorities said the blaze was intentionally set by a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration and had no ties to terrorism. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Stranded passengers pass through a deserted area of O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: The arrival and departure display at O'Hare International Airport shows a list of cancelled flights on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Stranded passengers wait for flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Stranded passengers wait for flights in a deserted area of O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: The arrival and departure display at O'Hare International Airport shows a list of cancelled flights on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: A plane sits at a mostly deserted terminal at O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Stranded passengers wait for flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Stranded passengers wait for flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare was forced to cancel more than 1,500 fights yesterday and more than 600 today after a contract worker sabotaged a suburban air traffic control center yesterday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Nikolas Acevedo, 8, of Bourbonnais waits in line with his family for a rebooked flight at Midway Airport due to cancellations and delays as a result of a fire at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Friday, September 26, 2014, in Chicago. He and his family are heading to Orlando. The fire was deliberately started at an FAA radar center by a disgruntled worker. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
United Airline passenger Ron Mitchell of Chicago talks with an airline attendant as he joins a line of those looking to rebook their canceled flights after a small fire at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora disrupted air service though out the region Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The fire was deliberately set at an FAA radar center by a disgruntled worker. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
An American Airlines passenger talks on her phone as she stands in a line with other passengers to rebook their canceled flights after a small fire at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora disrupted air service though out the region Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The fire was deliberately started at an FAA radar center by a disgruntled worker. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
'She's so tired right now,' said Kelsey Stephenson of Los Angeles about her dog, Daisy, as the two spent the morning of their shared birthday stranded when their flight home was canceled after a small fire at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora disrupted air service though out the region Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The fire was deliberately started at an FAA radar center by a disgruntled worker. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
American Airlines ticketing agents pass out free bottles of water to passengers waiting in line to rebook their canceled flights after a small fire at the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora disrupted air service though out the region Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The fire was deliberately started at an FAA radar center by a disgruntled worker. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Peter and Elana Vlahos watch a movie while their parents try to reschedule a flight to Los Angeles at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. The Vlahos family was flying to Los Angeles for a movie premier scheduled for tomorrow morning. They were told the earliest that they could reschedule a flight would be tomorrow afternoon. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: A passenger walks through O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passenger wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passenger wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers try to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passenger wait in line to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers try to reschedule flights at O'Hare International Airport on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were halted this morning because of a suspected arson fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers arrive to catch flights at O'Hare International Airport's on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have been halted this morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers arrive to catch flights at O'Hare International Airport's on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have been halted this morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers arrive to catch flights at O'Hare International Airport's on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have been halted this morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Graphic charts out total flight traffic at O'Hare and Midway airports, and shows the causes for delay at both sites.
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers wait for flights at O'Hare International Airport's on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have been halted this morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 26: Passengers wait for flights at O'Hare International Airport's on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. All flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports have been halted this morning because of a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Authorities have found a man with "self-inflicted wounds" at an air traffic control center fire that earlier resulted in a complete ground-stop at Chicago airports.

The fire at the FAA's facility in suburban Aurora has halted all flights in and out of both Midway Airport and O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, according to reports. Flights have resumed but more than 2,000 have been cancelled.

A 36-year-old male contract employee is considered the primary suspect, said police. He is believed to have set the blaze because he was distraught over a transfer to Hawaii, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The main suspect had burns and self-inflicted knife wounds, according to the Sun-Times. The second injured person's wounds are not self-inflicted.

Both were found in the building's basement and were rushed to nearby hospitals, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The distraught man started the fire with gasoline in the building's basement telecommunications room, according to the Sun-Times.

It is believed he tried to commit suicide, officials told CNN. The fire has also halted most cross-country flights until extra staff was brought to a facility in Indianapolis to take over duties from the Chicago Center during the early afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Center controls all air traffic flying over 10,000 feet across the region, according to the Tribune. Controllers navigate planes through other traffic then hand off to other similar centers or to airport radar facilities for landing guidance.

More than 2,000 flights in and out of Chicago's two main airports, including all Southwest Airlines routes, were cancelled as of mid-afternoon, according to Chicago's Department of Aviation.

The first calls to tame the fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center came at 5:45 a.m. A ground stop was ordered soon after. The building was immediately evacuated of about 20 personnel, according to the Chicago Tribune. Another man, 50, received treatment for smoke inhalation, but everyone else made it out safely.

The fire has since been extinguished, according to reports, but FlightAware earlier showed shockingly clear skies over the Windy City as massive lines queued up at the city's airports.

Flights into and out of the airports began around 10:30 a.m., but at a much reduced rate, the Sun-Times reported.

This is the second time since May that a fire at a Chicago-area air control facility has caused a full ground stop at the city's airports, according to WFLD.

O'Hare's Terminal 1 was also evacuated Wednesday over fears from an unattended bag. A bomb squad found the luggage to be harmless and normal operations resumed soon after.

Evacuation Over At O'Hare Airport Terminal After 'Suspicious Bag' Cleared
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