Firefighter injured, 9 displaced in Chicago home fire
A firefighter was injured and nine people were displaced in a home fire early Saturday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The fire began at 4:15 a.m. on the rear porch of a two-story frame house in the 5100 block of West Fulton, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said. One firefighter was taken in good condition to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, said Hernandez, who would not disclose the exact injury the firefighter suffered.
The city Department of Human Services were assisting the five adults and four children who were displaced from the home, Hernandez said.
7 Adults, 6 Children Displaced in Chicago South Side Fire
James Desavieu salvaged what was left of his family’s Christmas presents after a fire swept through his apartment Saturday afternoon. Around 2 p.m., fire officials responded to flames reported in the 5700 block of South Indiana, where a fire burned through an apartment complex.
"They say when it rains it pours...we had just went all out and bought toys for all our children,” Desavieu said.
The fire started in a front bedroom, and Desavieu said he tried to put it out.
"I saw the fire, I ran and got the fire extinguisher, but nothing was in it,” he said.
Desavieu said he ran to other units but other extinguishers were empty too. The building's landlord said he was unaware the extinguishers were empty.
Desavieu says the fire spread quickly and he soon realized there was nothing he could do.
"It built up fast...very fast,” he said. “This is my first experience with a fire, but it burnt fast."
Peoria Fire Department Investigating "Suspicious" Sunday Morning Fire
Video: The Peoria fire department is investigating a suspicious fire that did nearly $20,000 damage to a vacant home. Fire crews responded to 915 West Russell Street in Peoria at 4:30 Sunday morning.
It took the help of more than 25 firefighters to knock out the blaze.
The Battalion Chief said several small fires were started inside the home, causing heavy smoke from the first and second floors.
This fire is being investigated as Arson.
Editorial: Next for pension reform; Chicago
For Chicago lawmakers who thought Tuesday's pension vote was politically dangerous, just wait until next year. Then on the docket in Springfield: gravely needed reforms for the retirement systems that benefit Chicago teachers, city workers, laborers, firefighters and police. Illinois lawmakers, who regulate state and municipal retirement funds, passed a pension bill last week that affects state workers, teachers outside Chicago, university employees and General Assembly members. But those dangerously over-obligated yet underfunded pension funds are in better shape than some of Chicago's, particularly the retirement funds for police and fire personnel.
Combined, the city of Chicago's four pension funds are $19.5 billion in the hole and only 36 percent funded. Add another $9.5 billion in unfunded liability from the Chicago teachers' fund for a grand total of $29 billion.
Wreath in Lake Zurich to Demonstrate Dangers of Holiday Fires
The Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department will once again join fire departments throughout Illinois by participating in the “Keep the Wreath Red” program to raise awareness of fire dangers associated with decorating for the holidays. The Lake Zurich Fire Department has placed a wreath strung with red lights on the front of Fire Station One at 321 S. Buesohing Road. The wreath will remain lit 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season.
Whenever a fire occurs that is a result of holiday decorations, a white bulb will then replace a red bulb on the wreath.
“This wreath serves as a constant reminder to practice safety Whileinstalling and displaying holiday decorations and this awareness, in turn, may help to prevent blazes during this time,” said Fire Chief David Wheelock. “Lake Zurich has been a proud sponsor of this program for over 2O years.”
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Chicago firehouse to unveil memorial to fallen
Mary Ann Strenski never got to know her father, a Chicago firefighter who died when she was 6 months old. Joseph Strenski was battling a four-alarm fire in July 1943 when an upper floor collapsed, trapping Strenski and several other firefighters. He died of his injuries the next day, she said.
But 70 years later, she'll see her father honored at a memorial dedicated to fallen members of Chicago Fire Department's Engine 42, Truck 3 and Squad 1. The memorial, outside the firehouse at 55 W. Illinois St. on the Near North Side, is to be unveiled at 10 a.m. Monday.
"These men gave their lives to their job and the people of Chicago, so even if I didn't know him, it's nice to know people haven't forgotten and wanted to do something to honor that," said Strenski, of Chicago.
Chicago Fire Department Capt. Brian Helmold and Lt. Harold Turrentine said they wanted to create something to show their respect for the men who made "the ultimate sacrifice."