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Thursday, October 30, 2014
One Killed in Eldorado Fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
An Eldorado man is dead after an apartment fire Wednesday night. Eldorado Fire Chief Mike McKinnies says crews were called to the building at Railroad and Third Streets around 7 p.m. Investigators believe a cigarette sparked the flames. McKinnies says the man who lived in the apartment was a heavy smoker, and firefighters had been called to his unit before. Three other people who lived in the 4-unit building have been relocated while cleanup and repairs get underway. Stay with News 3 for updates as they become available.

7 displaced following Chicago blaze, porch collapse    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Seven people were displaced after a fire raced through an old greystone, causing a balcony to collapse Wednesday afternoon in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. No one was injured during the blaze in the 1600 block of South Homan Avenue, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Firefighters searched the basement, first and second floors of the old greystone, and “as the fire was in progress, the balcony of the second floor, located over the front porch, collapsed,’’ Langford said. It “could have been catastrophic’’ if anyone were standing there, he said. The fire was brought under control about 2:15 p.m. The city’s Department of Human Services helped seven adults who needed somewhere to stay, Langford added.
Chicago Tribune

Two firefighters injured in Hinsdale house fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
An early morning fire Oct. 29 on the 900 block of South Bodin Street in Hinsdale damaged the home, but residents got out safety and firefighters rescued a pet cat. The fire call came in at 4:07 a.m. from a resident, and the police first responded found the house “fully involved.” Lt. Mike Neville immediately elevated the response to a box alarm, requesting additional fire resources from neighboring towns. Both residents of the home were standing out in front and said everybody was out of the house except for the family’s cat. Hinsdale firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the rear of the home, making entry inside to continue battling flames and to search for the cat. The cat was found unharmed in a closet. Challenges including that the power lines, electric service to the home, were compromised and actively arching in the back yard. Members of the Hinsdale engine and ambulance crews carefully stretched an attack hose line to the rear of the home. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. However, fire officials said it appears to be accidental and not suspicious in nature. Estimated damages were determined to be about $50,000. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. One firefighter was treated at the scene and released, the other was transported to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital where he was treated and later released.
The Doings Hinsdale

Chicago’s Harper High Evacuated Over Carbon Monoxide, Up To 9 Hospitalized    view comments tweat me share on facebook
As many as nine people were taken to hospitals Wednesday morning, after high carbon monoxide readings were detected at a West Englewood high school. Around 10 a.m., firefighters conducted a hazardous materials response at Harper High School, at 65th and Wood, due to high carbon monoxide levels. The school was evacuated, and will be closed for the rest of the day. People’s Gas spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson Peoples Gas “is supporting [the Chicago Fire Department] in their investigation into a foreign odor at Harper High School.” Chicago police said nine students were hospitalized as a precaution, although the Fire Department said six students and one teacher were hospitalized. Students who weren’t sick were being bused to other schools. Officials said a construction crew was relining sewers in the area, and vapors from the sewer might have seeped into the school, raising carbon monoxide levels, and making some people feel ill.
CBS Chicago

Alton Fire Department helps seniors with fire safety    view comments tweat me share on facebook
In a new effort, city firefighters are instructing senior citizen groups on preventing falls and fires in their homes, beginning Wednesday at Skyline Towers apartments. “This is the first time giving this program, ‘Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults,’ ” said Deputy Chief Mark Harris of the Alton Fire Department. “They were very receptive; they were a great group” he said of the residents of the facility, 3113 Washington Ave. At least 50 people attended the initial presentation. “We will do this at any place that asks us to do it” in Alton, he said. “We will target Skyline, Hillcrest and Marian Heights (apartments) and Senior Services Plus, but we’ll do it anyplace we are asked.” The National Fire Prevention Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the program, working with experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high, fire risk states. The program, to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible, was designed for coalitions of local fire departments, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others to implement, the NFPA website says.
Alton Telegraph

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Chicago aldermen close "dangerous loophole" in smoke detector ordinance   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Chicago landlords who fail to install or maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will no longer escape hefty fines simply by fixing or installing them after-the-fact. Responding to a September fire that killed four Roseland children, the City Council’s Zoning Committee agreed Tuesday to close a “dangerous loophole” by eliminating “post-citation compliance” as an “affirmative defense.” The ordinance championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Zoning Committee Chairman Danny Solis (25th) would continue to slap landlords who endanger tenants by thumbing their noses at the detector requirements with fines ranging from $200-to-$500-a-day. “If I was cited and I did not have a smoke detector at all — I just didn’t feel like putting it in or I just didn’t do it — I could go and buy one after-the-fact. After I put people’s lives at risk,” First Deputy Buildings Commissioner Matthew Beaudet said Tuesday.
Chicago Sun-Times

Urbana firefighters keep working despite lack of contract   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters will have to wait a little longer for a new agreement. A collective bargaining agreement with the city was supposed to be voted on Monday night, but it didn't happen because the contract wasn't ready. The union and city leaders couldn't finalize the deal which includes pay raises. The fire department has been without a contract for a year. One city council member says the vote could come next week.
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Chicago Ridge fire chief wants to add versatile quint pumper to save money   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Chicago Ridge Fire Chief George Sheets promised to improve efficiencies when he took control of the department in July and he’s wasted little time working toward that goal. Sheets outlined a plan at Tuesday’s village board meeting designed to reduce by 50 percent the department’s vehicle maintenance budget by upgrading the fleet of trucks. The department currently spends about $60,000 to maintain 11 vehicles, a figure that set off the alarm button for Sheets. He maintains that figure is too high considering that the Oak Lawn Fire Department has a $50,000 maintenance budget for 18 vehicles. Sheets knows that first-hand because he also serves as fire chief in Oak Lawn. Sheets called for Chicago Ridge officials to purchase a quintuple combination pumper, or quint, an apparatus that serves the dual purpose of an engine and ladder truck.
The Reporter

Voters to choose between Elburn, Fox River fire districts   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Whether some Campton Hills-area residents should leave one fire protection district and join another depends on their views on a couple of things. Which district can provide faster service? Which one can provide it cheaper? And should a fire district borrow money to build fire stations and buy equipment, or should it save up for several years to do so? Voters in a portion of Campton Hills, Wasco and unincorporated areas are being asked whether they want to leave the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and join the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District instead. The area in question is bounded roughly by Campton Hills, La Fox, Burlington, Empire, Silver Glen and Swanberg roads. Fox River Fire/Rescue used to be called the St. Charles and Countryside Fire Protection District, and until 2011 it merely contracted with the St. Charles Fire Department to provide service. Then it decided to open its own stations. The Fox River district is conducting a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Station 1, 40W361 Route 64, to discuss the referendum. Elburn district officials have been invited, and Elburn Chief Kelly Callaghan said he plans to attend. Officials from the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District told a Kane County judge this summer that they can serve the area faster. (Because the referendum is by voter petition and not by a government board, a judge's approval was needed to get it on the ballot.) Emergency 911 calls for the neighborhood now go to KaneComm dispatch center, which transfers them to the TriCom dispatch center, which handles Elburn fire calls. If the neighborhood joins Fox River, the calls will stay with KaneComm. Fox River district officials say that could save up to 90 seconds on a call for service.
Illinois Daily Herald - metered site

Pets rescued from Godfrey apartment blaze   view comments tweat me share on facebook
PHOTOS: Neighbors stood in awe as flames burst from the roof of an apartment building in the Woodbury Manor apartment complex off of Humbert Road. According to the Godfrey Fire Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, no injuries were reported from the incident. Firefighters were also able to rescue pets from the blaze. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, a total of seven cats and one dog were rescued. The Godfrey FD received a call of a structure fire at Woodbury Manor at approximately 3:23 p.m., according to Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian. An automatic call went out to the Fosterburg Fire Department as well. Soon after responding, the Godfrey FD requested mutual aid from the Alton and Brighton Fire Departments. The Alton FD brought a ladder truck to attack the fire from above. Joyce Clay lived in one of the apartments most affected by the fire. “I have no idea how it happened,” she said. “I was coming from the back bedroom and I saw smoke everywhere.” Clay said her neighbor called the fire department when she noticed smoke billowing from the residence. She walked through her front room and saw not only a tremendous amount of smoke, but also flames. She said she gathered her daughter, Deann Clay, and her niece, Megan Jemison. The family’s dog, Maxine, was rescued from the blaze as was their cat, Jack. Joyce Clay told the Telegraph at the scene that she had experienced electrical issues in her apartment two or three weeks before Tuesday’s fire.
Alton Telegraph

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