A Chicago firefighter was injured Tuesday morning while helping extinguish a blaze that damaged three apartment buildings in Lincoln Park.
Flames shot through the roof of a four-story apartment building at 425 W. St. James Pl. around 2:30 a.m.
People in the building next door described their frightening wake-up call.
Justin Daly and Stephanie Staudohar were asleep in the building next door when they heard the noise from the fire, and at first thought it was a thunderstorm.
“I heard something outside, and I just looked out the window, and it was like bright orange, and ashes falling down. So I woke her up and said ‘I think there’s a fire,’” Justin Daly said.
The SIUE campus fire station has officially made its debut to the city of Edwardsville.
The station, located on Northwest University Drive, was the site of an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning as local citizens, SIUE representatives, public safety and city officials gathered to celebrate.
Edwardsville Fire Chief Rick Welle kicked off the celebration, giving thanks to all city staff, contractors, SIUE staff and public officials who were involved.
“There were a few times I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking 'Oh my goodness, what did we miss?' Fortunately, just as we do in fire service, when something like this needs to be accomplished, it works through teamwork,” Welle said.
“Today is a culmination of all of their work and I want to thank each and every one of them.”
Margie Stirn wasn't sure what to make of it as she and her husband, Nick, pulled their car into the driveway of their central Naperville home Monday morning and tried to get inside using the garage door opener.
Despite pressing repeatedly on the remote, the door refused to open, Margie Stirn said. Concluding there had been a power failure or similar problem, the couple got out of their car and walked to the front door of their house in the 1500 block of Chat Court.
"Smoke just started pouring out" after her husband opened the door, Margie Stirn said. "All of the smoke alarms were going off. The whole house was filled with smoke."
A call to 911 at 11:34 a.m. brought 24 Naperville Fire Department firefighters and 10 vehicles and pieces of apparatus to the Stirn's cul-de-sac. No one was home at the time, and the Stirns have no pets.
Retired Chicago Fire Department Lt. Robert "Bob" Zolna visits the firehouse in Mount Greenwood six days a week to have coffee with firefighters, paramedics and others.
But at 6:49 p.m. Feb. 9, those same firefighters and emergency personnel were dispatched to Zolna's home in West Beverly. They found him suffering from low blood sugar, which sent him into cardiac arrest.
The medics shocked Zolna's heart six times in 10 minutes and were able to revive him. He's since returned to the firehouse at 3112 W. 111th St. — seated in the same chair surrounded by the men and women who saved his life.
"You guys did a helluva a job," Zolna, 75, said Saturday morning. "I have nothing but thanks for the guys that are sitting in here."
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