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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Follow Up: Chicago Firefighters Save 300-Year-Old Baby Jesus Statue From Massive Church Fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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. - Chicago

Severe Fire Damages Popular Lone Star Restaurant In Channahon    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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.
WSCR-AM 670 The Score

Fire damages southwest Rockford apartment building    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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.
Rockford Register Star

Overwhelming response prompts Quincy firefighters to order more t-shirts to raise money for local cancer patients    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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.
WGEM-TV Quincy

Quincy Fire Captain Mark Bigelow speaks with kindergartners in Quincy about fire safety.    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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."
WGEM-TV Quincy

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Chicago Firefighters Battle Extra-Alarm Blaze At Historic Woodlawn Church   view comments tweat me share on facebook
An extra-alarm fire ravaged a nearly century-old landmark church in Woodlawn on Wednesday, causing the roof to collapse, and sending gray water streaming out the front door hours after firefighters began dousing the heavy flames. The Fire Department first responded to the fire at Shrine of Christ The King Sovereign Priest, 6401 S. Woodlawn Av., shortly before 6 a.m., when smoke alarms went off in the neighboring priory. Fire officials said the fire might have smoldered all night, after floor varnishing work in the choir loft. “Realistically, whenever that fire started, it went unnoticed for a long period of time. That smoke could have traveled within the structure, where it didn’t come out until a window failed,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas. The ornate limestone building, previously named St. Gelasius Church, received city landmark status in 2004. When the first firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw fire through a couple windows of the church, and once they got inside, they found “an awful lot of fire within the church itself,” according to McNicholas. Firefighters were pulled out of the building, and a defensive operation was set up to prevent the blaze from spreading to any neighboring buildings. A total of about 150 firefighters and 50 pieces of fire equipment responded to the blaze.
CBS Chicago

City of Chicago honors police, firefighters for heroic actions   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Chicago honored some of its top police officers and firefighters Tuesday. The city honored police Officer Jorge Flores with the Carter Harrison Award. Flores stopped an armed robbery while off-duty and traveling with his family. Fire lieutenant and EMT John Gricus received the Lambert Tree Award. While off duty and on vacation with his wife, Gricus saved a man from a burning building.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Suspicious fire wrecks vacant Rockford home   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Rockford Fire Department investigators say a suspicious fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. today in the rear of a condemned single-story home at 2824 Garfield Drive. No injuries were reported, but Fire Department officials say the home is a total loss. Heat from the blaze was so intense that it melted the aluminum siding of the neighboring house to the west. "My dad saw flames in the window and I called the Fire Department," said neighbor Daniel Arellano, who, since 2008, has lived with his family next door to the house that burned. A witness saw three teenagers with backpacks flee from the house as flames erupted inside the structure but the cause of the fire remains under investigation, District Chief Marc Wortman said. First-arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the house. Firefighters climbed onto the roof of the house and used axes after controlling the fire to expose still-burning embers and hot spots inside the roof. "They laid an interior line, quickly bringing the fire under control in 10 minutes and also reported it all-clear on life," Wortman said. "We did a search of the structure." The Fire Department is requesting that the city demolish the house immediately because of the extensive damage. Wortman said the house was apparently already on the city's list of abandoned homes slated for demolition.
Rockford Register Star

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