Businessman tied to site of Chicago firefighter death cited by city elsewhere
Businessman linked to the warehouse where a Chicago firefighter plunged to his death has received a string of municipal violations and a series of fines for "dangerous and unsafe conditions" at other properties he has managed or owned.
Jatin Patel has been fined thousands of dollars over the past decade for an array of code violations discovered by the city, according to court documents.
Patel, who manages the company Anilroshi that was renovating the Southeast Side brick warehouse where firefighter Daniel Capuano died Dec. 14, was cited at other properties for failure to secure a vacant building, possible rat infestations, uncut weeds and inadequate flooring, according to documents filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Construction work at the site where Capuano died was unauthorized and outside the scope of building permits, according to the city's building department, which found the warehouse unsafe and wants it demolished. Capuano, 43, died from injuries he suffered in a fall down an open elevator shaft inside the building at 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. while he fought a small but smoky fire that made it difficult to see.
Capuano's wife filed a wrongful death suit against Anilroshi, claiming the company was negligent for having construction work done in violation of city regulations.
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One person dead in East St. Louis fire
One person is dead after a house fire Wednesday on the 1800 block of Central Avenue in East St. Louis.
The cause of the fire in the two-story house is under investigation, said Assistant Fire Chief Michael Dill, as crews worked to make sure all the hot spots in the house were out.
Dill would not release the gender of the person who died or if it was an adult or child because the coroner had yet to arrive on the scene.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Dill said.
When crews responded to the call that came in at 7:51 p.m., they saw heavy smoke and fire, Dill said.
Dill said he wasn’t sure how many other people lived in the house, but said others who were in the house when the fire started were OK.
Woodstock Fire Rescue District Eliminates Deputy Chief Position; More Cuts to Come
The first of several changes to come for the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District has been announced since the village of Lakewood declined to renew its emergency services contract with the department.
WFRD Chief Ralph Webster said the deputy chief position will be eliminated by April 30 in an effort to save money and ultimately restructure the department. Eliminating the position, currently held by Deputy Chief Terry Menzel, 59, of Woodstock, will save the district about $150,000, Webster said.
Menzel, a longtime member of the department, declined to comment on the decision, saying only, “It is what it is.” Menzel could be brought back to serve in a part-time capacity in the future, Webster said.
WFRD employees have been aware future potential cuts and decreased work hours are likely since the department lost the Lakewood contract.
“We’re facing a significant loss of revenue,” Webster said. “When we took the Lakewood contract, we told the department that there would be changes if we ever lost the contract. It’s not like this was dropped on everyone at the last minute.”
WFRD was contracted to provide fire rescue services to Lakewood for the past five years. During that time, WFRD staffed Lakewood’s only fire station, at 6570 Haligus Road, independent of its staffing at its Woodstock stations. The Lakewood Village Board voted Nov. 24 not to renew a $750,000 annual contract with the WFRD, opting instead to sign a slightly cheaper agreement with the Crystal Lake Fire Department.
Rockford firefighters battle fully engulfed house
The Rockford Fire Department is on the scene of a structure fire near 2nd Avenue and 4th Street on Rockford's east side.
It happened Thursday morning around 6:00 a.m.
A house is fully engulfed with flames, with minor damage to a neighboring house.
The Rockford Fire Department believes the fully engulfed house was abandoned. No injuries have been reported.
Firefighters had trouble with the closest hydrant and had to use a hydrant a block down the street.
Rockford fire says crews will be on the scene until around 9:00 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Springfield Fire Department Honors Firefighters Past And Present
The Springfield Fire Department honoring those who retired over the past year and welcoming newly elected officers at its annual supper Wednesday night.
The fire department also recognized a new honorary member of Springfield Firefighters Local 37.
When Grandma Mundhenke's grandson joined the department in 2007, she sent him to work with cakes.
Now she delivers baked goods to every firehouse in the city.
The fire department presented Grandma Mundhenke with a fire helmet at the supper.
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Fire destroys three cars parked on street in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood
Three cars were destroyed by fire early Thursday as they sat parked on a street in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Firefighters were called around 3:40 a.m. to 63rd Street and Kildare Avenue, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Lyle, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.
There were no injuries, he said.
Police bomb and arson investigators were called to the scene.
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