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Friday, September 23, 2016

Three People Injured In Chicago’s Rogers Park Apartment Fire

Three people were injured in a fire in an apartment building Thursday afternoon in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side. The blaze in the five-story apartment building in the 6900 block of North Sheridan was extinguished by 5:30 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department. Two people were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, one in serious-to-critical condition and the other in fair-to-serious condition, fire officials said. A third person was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Swedish Covenant Hospital. The fire was contained to one apartment on the fourth floor, fire officials said. No firefighters were injured .
CBS Chicago

Firefighters battle fire in Pittsfield apartment building

Pittsfield firefighters spent Thursday afternoon battling a fire at a singe-story apartment building, according to fire officials. Pittfield Fire Chief Jason White said crews were called to Capps Apartments, located in the 200 block of West Adams Street, earlier that morning. He said a small fire was contained to a light fixture and a small area around it in the bathroom. White said firefighters were called back to the apartment building in the afternoon. He said a fire spread through the attic area into the four apartments on the West Adams Street said of the building. White said those four apartments received heavy fire, smoke and water damage. He said two other apartments had significant smoke damage. According to White, no was injured in the fire. White said it appeared the tenants in the damaged apartments had to find a place to stay.
WGEM-TV Quincy

Update: Missing Chicago Fire Station Dog Has Returned

Bull, the rescue dog who served as the mascot of a West Englewood fire station, has returned more than a month after he disappeared. Chicago Fire Department officials said the canine was returned to Engine 116 on Thursday, appearing thinner but OK. The pooch went to the veterinarian’s office as a precaution. No further information was immediately available. In August, during shift change , he broke free and went missing. “It’s affected not just the firehouse and my family but the neighborhood also,” Mike Sullivan, a firefighter at the West Englewood firehouse, told CBS 2 then. Sullivan says don’t let his appearance intimidate you. He’s lovable and sweet as pie.
CBS Chicago

5 injured after 3-vehicle crash at 161 and Frank Scott Parkway in Belleville

Five people were taken to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash at Illinois 161 and Frank Scott Parkway, the Belleville Fire Department said. The crash, which was called in about 2:05 p.m. involved an Expedition, a Chevy HHR Crossover, and a Chevy sedan, said Fire Chief Tom Pour. The Expedition suffered heavy passenger side damage; the HHR had side damage, and the Chevy sedan had heavy front-end damage, Pour said. “It was a pretty substantial accident,” Pour said.
Belleville News-Democrat

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Explosion blows hole in roof of Chicago’s South Side elementary school

About 200 students were evacuated from an annex building at a South Side elementary school Wednesday morning after damage from an explosion was discovered. The explosion blew a three-foot-wide hole on the roof of an annex to Columbia Explorers Academy near 46th and S. Kedzie in Brighton Park. Neighbors told police they heard some sort of blast around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. As kids arrived at school Wednesday morning, the hole was discovered and parents rushed in. "What woke me up was the helicopters flying all over the place. Something has to be going on, so my first instinct was to come to my daughter's school. And sure enough, all the red and yellow tape was around here," parent Jason Fabian said. The Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to the scene.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Strasburg fire chief frustrated by village water pressure

While responding to a structure fire this week, Strasburg Fire Chief Troy Agney was angry — as "hot as the fire," he said. Once the 1,500 gallons of water in his tanker was used, it took 25 minutes and 37 seconds for the rig to refill again at a hydrant south of town. Problems with water for the fire department began about a month ago, when the water tower in Strasburg was drained. Agney said that means not nearly enough water flows from village hydrants. And so firetrucks now travel to Stewardson or Windsor to be restocked with water. Those lengthy trips can leave Agney's crew without water for spans that are agonizingly long to a firefighter. "Now we're pulling back and watching it burn," Agney said. "We don't have a snowball's chance in hell."
Effingham Daily News

Quincy firefighters train to handle airplane crashes

They hope it doesn't happen in Quincy again, but firefighters are now better prepared to handle an airplane crash after training Wednesday. Firefighters spent the morning at the training facility on North 18th Street learning the proper ways to fight fires involving planes. They also practiced tactics to save passengers. Quincy firefighters haven't had to deal with a significant plane crash since two planes collided at the airport in 1996, killing 14 people. But, Salrin says it's important to stay prepared. "This is something we don't deal with on a daily basis fortunately, or even yearly," Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said. "It's been quite some time since we've had to deal with this, so keeping our skills honed in this particular role that we play as emergency responders is important."
WGEM-TV Quincy

Georgetown apartment blaze displaces family

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office will begin investigating what sparked a blaze an apartment complex in Georgetown this morning that displaced at least one family but didn’t cause any serious injuries. Firefighters were called to the fire at one of the buildings at the Lacey Properties apartment at 222 Huffman St. around 8 a.m. When they arrived, flames were shooting out of the top north side of the two-story wood-frame structure, according to Capt. John Roberts of the Georgetown Fire Protection District. The building has four units, and no one knew if they were occupied, so a fire crew searched them, Roberts said. He added that they didn’t find anyone.
Champaign News-Gazette

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