Illinois News

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Woman Killed In Chicago’s Back Of The Yards Garage Fire

A Back of the Yards neighborhood garage went up in flames overnight, killing a 57-year-old woman. The fire started around 11:25 p.m. at a garage near 49th and Bishop. Neighbors told police a woman ran into the burning garage, but didn’t come out. By the time firefighters arrived, the flames had spread, and crews were unable to save the woman. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found the woman dead inside. Maria Saucedo, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
CBS Chicago

Huntley Fire Protection District keeps sprinkler code despite frustration from new home builders

After Charles Harding started building his dream home west of Huntley in the Willow Hill subdivision, he realized he was required to install a home sprinkler system – which could cost upward of $15,000. Just south of his neighborhood, located north of Harmony Road and west of Seeman Road, newly constructed homes in the Botterman Farms subdivision don’t have the same home sprinkler system requirements, even though they also fall in the Huntley Fire Protection District’s jurisdiction.
Northwest Herald

3 hurt in extra-alarm fire in Chicago’s South Side apartment building

Three people were injured in an extra-alarm fire at an East Chatham apartment building Monday evening, according to officials. The fire in the three-story building in the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue began just before 6:30 p.m. It was under control by just after 7 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department's official Twitter account. Fire officials had called a 2-11 alarm and an emergency medical services plan 1, which sends at least five ambulances to a scene. Three people were being treated for injuries suffered in the fire, but all three were expected to be released at the scene, according to the department. A person who firefighters had been looking for in the burned-out building was found to have been at his work, according to the department.
Chicago Tribune- Metered Site

Multiple fires cause extensive damage in St. David

Multiple structure fires in St. David kept several area fire departments busy through the afternoon Monday. Crews first responded to a house fully engulfed in fire in the 200 block of Main just before 1 p.m. An attached business was also heavily damaged. The resident of the house was able to escape the house without injury. A second fire at an old grain silo about 300 yards from the house caught fire around 2:30 p.m. and was quickly extinguished. The State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the house fire. Firefighters from Buckheart, Copperas Creek, Cuba, Lewistown, Smithfield, Ipava and Havana Rural worked to put out the fires.

Monday, June 26, 2017

75th Annual Firefighter’s Conference Wraps Up at the Civic Center in Peoria

The Illinois association of fire protection districts hosted their 75th firefighters conference at the Civic Center. Fire departments from all across Illinois came together to show off the latest tools that they use in the field and help each other learn newer and more efficient ways to save lives and fight fires. As the conference wraps up over the weekend, firefighters say it was very educational. Steve Gustafson said, "It's a constant learning you know because everything changes, laws change and you just learn a lot from just talking to other people besides the instructors themselves."
WMBD-TV Peoria

Western Springs Firefighter Passes Away

Western Springs Lieutenant Richard Jacobson of the fire department passed away June 20. According to a release from the fire department, Jacobson had battled ALS since 2011. Fire Chief Patrick Kenny said in a release Jacobson battled ALS with the courage and dignity reserved for true heroes. Jacobson was appointed in 2005, and remained involved and on the active roster for the fire department for the past 12 years until his passing, according to the release. The fire department said memorial bunting will be hung as well and the fire department flag will be lowered to half-mast at both fire stations. Both tributes will remain in place for 30 days, according to the release.
Western Springs

Firefighters battle large blaze at Hanley building in downtown Rockford

A large fire breaks out in the old Hanley building in downtown Rockford Sunday afternoon. The Hanley building is located across the street from the BMO Harris Bank Center at the intersection of S. Main and Chestnut. Fire officials say the department received multiple reports of smoke coming from the building a little after noon. UPDATE: Demolition crews begin work on Hanley Building in downtown Rockford following massive fire on Sunday. Rockford Fire says demolition workers are tackling the fifth story of the building, Sunday night.
WREX-TV NBC 13 Rockford

No one hurt in Joliet backyard structure fire

The Joliet Fire Department responded to a fire on Saturday in the backyard of a home in the 6200 block of Blue Ridge Drive in the Caton Ridge subdivision. The call came in at about 2 p.m. There was a wooden playground set which caught fire but firefighters were able to put it out in about five to 10 minutes, according to a firefighter who had been on the scene. The fire did spread to some fencing nearby which separeted the backyard from the next door neighbor. The structure was about 10 feet high and 12 feet long.

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