Follow Up: Chicago Firefighters Save 300-Year-Old Baby Jesus Statue From Massive Church Fire
Firefighters have rescued a 300-year-old Catholic idol from a fire at Shrine of Christ the King, and the clergy are taking it as a sign the congregation too will go on.
Early Wednesday morning, a fire started on the second floor of the church at 6415 S. Woodlawn Ave. when rags used to apply floor stain spontaneously combusted, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The building is more than a church, and houses the 300-year-old statue of Christ the Child from Seville, Spain, as part of its duties as a place of pilgrimage for Catholics.
Priests at the shrine, who all escaped the fire unharmed, asked firefighters if they could rescue the idol and at noon firefighters carried the 3-foot-tall statue down the front steps of the shrine after retrieving it from where it was still standing on the central altar.
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Severe Fire Damages Popular Lone Star Restaurant In Channahon
A popular restaurant in southwest suburban Channahon was devastated by fire late Wednesday afternoon.
A severe fire tore through the Lone Star Restaurant at 25208 W. Eames St. in Channahon shortly before 6 p.m.
While officials were not calling it a total loss from the fire just yet, Channahon Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Toepper said it’s very upsetting to see how much damage was caused by the blaze. Lone Star has been one of Channahon’s most popular places for generations.
“It’s a staple. It’s an icon of our community, I think. It’s been there as long as I can remember, quite frankly, and yeah it’s a sad day to see that have that kind of damage,” Toepper said. “The owners are a great family. They’re very appreciative of our work. We’re just very sad to see that kind of damage happen to one of our local businesses.” The fire broke out while roofers were working at the restaurant, which was open at the time. Everyone got out safely.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
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Fire damages southwest Rockford apartment building
The occupants of an apartment building were forced from their homes by fire just before 11 p.m. Tuesday at 1029 Montague St. on Rockford's southwest side.
Heavy flames and smoke were coming from the building when firefighters arrived. Everyone inside escaped without harm, and the Red Cross provided a place to stay for the night.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it caused about $70,000 in damage.
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Overwhelming response prompts Quincy firefighters to order more t-shirts to raise money for local cancer patients
Firefighters sold so many t-shirts to raise money for local cancer patients, they decided to place another order.
Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning says the money raised from the shirt sales go to the Blessing Cancer Center's Financial Assistance Program.
The shirts are black, with pink ribbons dressed as firefighters operating the old Quincy Fire Department hand pumper. Henning says the design honors the 175th anniversary celebration. Firefighter Mike Dade designed the shirts.
Orders can be placed with the Central Fire Station office through 4 p.m. Oct. 16.
Sizes run adult small through XXXL and include t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies. Prices range from $15 to $25.
Quincy Fire Captain Mark Bigelow speaks with kindergartners in Quincy about fire safety.
Do you have working smoke detectors in your home? This week is National Fire Prevention week and firefighters are stressing, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep."
There are around 1,400 deaths per year from residential fires and roughly half of them occur between 11 pm and 7 am according to the National Fire Protection Association.
This week firefighters are talking with students in the area about fire safety. Captain Mark Bigelow with the Quincy Fire Department stressed the importance of having a smoke detector in every sleeping area of the home. He also says families develop a plan to get out as well as a meeting spot once out.
"It's to give a little bit of peace of mind to the entire family to know everyone is out there," Bigelow said. "There is a lot of sad cases where actually everyone was out, but they didn't have a meeting place. So then you have somebody in the family that's tempted to go back into the house. That is when we have another victim where maybe there wasn't even a victim before."
Bigelow says parents need to also talk with your children about how to call 911 and what they need to do when they call.
According to the NFPA,.three out of five home fire deaths occur when there are no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms in the home.
Bigelow says after talking with children about what to do if there is a fire and the importance of calling 911, he hopes they share the message at home.
"We are also asking the kids when they learn this at school to take it home," Bigelow said. "There are a lot of adults that just don't think about fire prevention or fire safety. So ask the kids what did you learn because parents a lot of times just aren't aware of the information."