Illinois News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fire Badly Damages Steeple At Humboldt Park Church in Chicago

Chicago firefighters were responding to an extra-alarm fire at a church Tuesday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The fire started around 8:20 a.m. at Salvation and Deliverance Ministries International at 1540 N. Spaulding Av. No injuries had been reported as of 9 a.m., but the fire has been elevated to a 2-11 alarm, which typically sends about 100 firefighters to the scene.
CBS Chicago

3 rescued from house fire in Skokie

Three people were rescued from a house fire in Skokie Saturday. Flames were shooting from the front windows of the Tripp Avenue home when firefighters arrived, officials said. Investigators said the fire started at the front of the home, but the cause has yet to be determined. The three victims were taken to the hospital. Their condition remains unknown.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Charleston firefighters not likely to forget fire that destroyed bar and apartments

Firefighters were able to put a building fire out yesterday, but it wasn't easy. It happened early yesterday morning at Mother's bar on Monroe in Charleston. The aftermath left more than a dozen people homeless — and a piece of the city's history in rubble. Firefighters say this was one of their more difficult fires in recent memory. It's because the bar was connected to an apartment building. By the time firefighters got there, the flames were out of control, and the wind had picked up. What they discovered next made things even more chaotic. "We don't see typically large structure fires like this." Charleston Fire Captain James Calvert says fire fighting can be unpredictable.. "every situation changes.." and when they got to the fire at Mother's, they saw just how challenging it would be. "A lot of moving parts, and there was kind of people everywhere."
WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Chicago: Man injured in fire on 52nd floor of former Hancock building

A man was seriously injured early Sunday in a fire that broke out on the 52nd floor of the building formerly called the John Hancock Center along Chicago's Magnificent Mile. At about 3 a.m., the fire broke out the kitchen area of a studio apartment in the 100-block of East Delaware Place. Firefighters had to force their way into the condo to rescue the man and put out the fire. The man was transported to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition. No one else was hurt and the fire was contained to the one condo, fire officials said. Since the building is a high-rise, protocol required firefighters to check all floors and all stairwells.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Evanston Fire: Fire Alarm, Sprinklers Saved Lives Of Students

A fire protection system spared five Northwestern students from a dryer-fire in their residence last Monday, according to the Evanston Fire Department. About 9:10 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire in the 700 block of Emerson Street, according to Chief Paul Polep. They arrived to the 2-and-a-half story house and located the fire on the second story and put it out. Nine Northwestern students lived at the residence, and five of them were home during the time of the fire, Polep said. No one was hurt. The department noted that the sprinkler system was running and that the smoke alarm was working. “Having these systems in place prevented the loss of lives and property,” Polep wrote in a statement.
CBS Chicago

Friday, February 16, 2018

Changes could be coming to the Springfield Fire Department

The City of Springfield’s currently has a deficit of $11 million, which needs to be brought down to zero by the end of the month. As the city grapples with balancing its budget, some city council members are looking toward the fire department. "If we continue down this road, we're going to get to a point where everything we're doing is unsustainable,” Springfield Alderman John Fulgenzi said. City record show 39 members of the Springfield Fire Department made over $100,000 in 2017, meaning almost 20 percent department made over six figures. Gary Self, president of Springfield’s fire union Springfield Firefighters Local 37, said only staff chiefs and battalion chiefs have contractual salaries of over $100,000 a year.
WRSP/WCCU-TV My Fox Illinois

4 displaced after apartments destroyed in Taylorville fire

Taylorville firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Grand Boulevard in Taylorville at about 2:30 Thursday morning for a fire in an apartment complex. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Taylorville Fire Chief Mike Crews says two apartments were destroyed in the blaze. Four people were displaced. One of those people was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the fire. Crews did not know what type of injuries or how severe they were.
News Channel 20

Firefighters battle fire on West Macqueen in Peoria

20 firefighters battled a house fire this afternoon at 1115 West Macqueen in Peoria. They were met with smoke coming from the home when they arrived. They later found a fire in the closet in a closet that had extended behind walls and ceiling. Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the fire. Nobody was home at the start of the fire. Much of the home was saved and no one was injured. Red Cross was contacted to assist the occupants and the fire investigators were on scene and in the process of determining a cause.
WMBD-TV Peoria

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