Body Found at Site of Rockton Home Explosion
Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says a body was found Monday within the rubble of the site where a home explosion and fire took place on Sunday in Rockton.
Due to severe burns, officials are unable to identify the body at this time. The homeowner has been missing since the time of the explosion. His wife was airlifted to Madison with severe burns following the incident.
Fiduccia says they're hoping to use dental records in order to identify the victim.
City Officials Take Close Look at Mount Vernon Fire Dept. Operations
The City Council is taking a closer look at how the Mt. Vernon Fire Department is managed and how it responds to EMS calls and its equipment.
Questions were posed to MVFD Fire Chief Jim Brown at the most recent City Council Workshop about the Insurance Service Office ratings and how they affect the citizens as well as how equipment and personnel affect those numbers.
Brown said he is asking for two firefighters which were lost to attrition four years ago. In addition, the city is in the process of purchasing a new pumper truck. The truck, which is under construction, is a budgeted expense. The city is slated to receive $350,000 from an Illinois Finance Authority Revolving Loan and is seeking quotes on the additional $258,000 needed to cover the entire cost.
"With our finances, we have to look at everything," said Council Todd Piper. "That includes the fire department."
Brown said the ISO rating -- which is at a "3" for the city -- is affected by manpower and equipment.
According to information about ISO, it is a provider of statistical, actuarial, underwriting and claims information and analytics. It serves insurers, reinsurers, agents and brokers, insurance regulators, risk managers and other participants in the property/casualty insurance marketplace. It was formed in 1971 as an advisory and rating organization for the insurance industry.
Some insurance companies -- for both residential and commercial -- use ISO ratings as part of its quoting process for policies. Some of the items which factor into the ISO rating are manpower, equipment, response times, pre-plans, training, communications and water supply.
Rockford man, 46, found dead in Rockford apartment after kitchen fire
A Rockford man was found dead this morning after a fire broke out in his apartment in the 2400 block of Paradise Boulevard.
Rockford firefighters arrived at the scene just after 7 a.m. and found Anthony Harrington, 46, lying dead on his living room floor.
According to Division Chief Matthew Knott, the fire was confined to the kitchen area of the apartment and investigators are working with the Winnebago County Coroner's office to determine the man's cause of death.
In a statement released by the Coroner's office this afternoon, Deputy Coroner William Hintz wrote: "It appears that his death is due to the fire however that is pending an autopsy."
An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
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Fire destroys rural Clinton home
Fire destroyed a home near Clinton Lake on Saturday but the family of five escaped uninjured, firefighters said.
The Clinton Fire Department was called at 3:49 p.m. to 12774 Honeytree Road, which is about two miles east of Clinton, said fire department engineer Blake West. Two adults and three children were home but got out and reported the fire, he said, adding there were no injuries among firefighters.
The attached, two-car garage at the 3,500-square-foot, two-story home survived, West said, adding he did not have a dollar value for the loss.
The cause remains under investigation.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the family. The house was insured, West said.
Firefighters were at a field fire called in about 3:18 p.m. about 2 miles away when the call came, he said. They reached the house within minutes and found it "well involved," West said. "Five or six rooms were on fire."
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Departments called to assist were Maroa, Hickory Point (Forsyth), Argenta-Oreana, Weldon, Farmer City, Kenney, Warrensburg, Wapella and Randolph (Heyworth). Waynesville firefighters stood by at the Clinton fire station, where they answered four calls for service, West said.
So many departments were needed to transport water, "and we used every bit of it," West aid.
Peoria: A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
Walking into a burning home with smoke everywhere and you can't see. It's hard to imagine, but it's something firefighters do every day.
However, their work extends beyond that from medical calls to special rescues all to keep us safe.
WMBD suited up and found out what it's like to be a firefighter at the Peoria Fire Training Academy.
"It's more than just putting water on fire." Assistant Fire Chief, Chuck Lauss, said.
It’s much more than that. The day started in the classroom for training, the most important step to becoming a firefighter.
"Our firefighters are very, very highly trained, they continue with that training on a daily basis.” Lauss added.
After a briefing we got a medical call. Peoria fire department says nearly 80% of calls they get are for medical assistance.
Peoria firefighters are able to do much of what can be done in an emergency room, IV’s to EKG’s, before a patient gets to the hospital. When every second counts, this increases the chances a life will be saved.
Next, we suited up and were off to save people in a car crash. Using the jaws of life and spreaders, firefighters can rip through metal to free someone who is trapped. The process is much harder than it looks.