Fire tears through Naperville apartment complex
Investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire at an apartment complex in southwest suburban Naperville.
The blaze broke out around 8 p.m. Monday on the second floor of a duplex in the 800-block of Beaumont Drive at Brittany Springs Apartments.
Home video shows flames shooting from the roof of one building. A neighbor, David Lung, described the scene to ABC7 Eyewitness News.
"I was just watching the smoke billow up and it just, literally, you saw all of a sudden flames shoot up over the roof, almost instantaneously. It was smoke for about ten minutes, then we saw the fire," Lung said.
The fire was extinguished by around 10 p.m., but firefighters stayed on the scene to douse hot spots overnight.
There were no reports of injuries.
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French Village Fire Department one of several to get federal funding
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois, including the French Village Fire Department in Fairview Heights.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday that FEMA awarded $1,635,535 total. The French Village Fire Department received $97,143 in funding.
“This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first-responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said in a news release.
The funding was provided through the the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards.
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Hinsdale Firefighters Awarded for Paramedic Excellence
Five members of the Hinsdale Fire Department were recipients of the prestigious Joseph Hartman Award, second runner-up, for their efforts in saving a man’s life last year during a serious construction accident involving an asphalt grinder near the intersection of County Line Road and Walnut Street.
Captain Kevin Votava, Lieutenant Mike Neville and firefighter/paramedics Steve Tullis, Patrick Schaberg and Dan Majewski were honored with the recognition.
The award is named in honor of Doctor Joseph Hartman, the first medical director of emergency medical services at the Good Samaritan Hospital. It is given annually to three medic crews or fire departments who exhibit excellence in the delivery of emergency care in a pre-hospital setting. Each year, there are an estimated 50,000 calls in DuPage County. This is the sixth time paramedics from the Hinsdale Fire Department have received this award. A special ceremony was held May 19 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
The accident for which the award was given occurred last summer during the reconstruction of the Oak Street Bridge Corridor. A construction supervisor was struck and run over by an asphalt grinder, leaving him crushed and with life-threatening injuries.
The Hinsdale Fire Department responded and provided advanced life support that included full spinal immobilization, bilateral IV access, intravenous fluids, continuous cardiac monitoring, wound care and rapid transport to a level one trauma facility. After several surgeries and extensive rehab, the patient survived this accident.
Mold found at Quincy’s fire station six
Before it can reopen, Quincy fire officials uncovered a problem at station six that needs to be dealt with.
At Quincy City Council Monday night, aldermen approved paying $4,700 to clean up mold at the fire station. Fire officials say with no air conditioning running in the building last summer, mold developed on tables and the carpet. Officials want to get it cleaned before anyone starts to operate it.
"Unfortunately, we tried to keep costs down with the building sitting empty and didn't run the air conditioning last summer,' Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said. "No air movement and that kind of thing took it's toll. Trying to keep costs down kind of backfired on us."
Salrin says two firefighters should be hired by mid July, with station six opening around August 1.
Also at Monday's meeting, council approved using $13,000 to buy eight sets of gear for the fire department, paying $174,000 for enhancements at Quincy landfill #4 and selling a fix-or-flatten home at 223 Locust for $1,500.
Firefighters practice hazmat response in Hinsdale
Hinsdale firefighter/paramedics, along with about 25 firefighters from eight other area fire departments, practiced their hazardous materials response techniques Saturday near Ogden Avenue and Adams Street.
The staged scenario involved illegal dumping of chemicals into a creek behind the Institute in Basic Life Principles, at 707 W. Ogden Ave.
Team members responded to a pretend report from a resident who claimed to see a man pouring liquid from barrels on the back of his truck into the creek, said firefighter and hazmat technician Mike Wilson, one of three members of the Hinsdale Fire Department on the hazmat team.
The barrels actually were filled with water and an EPA-approved dye, which turned the water a fluorescent color, Wilson said. A mannequin was used for the truck driver, who was found unconscious on the ground by the truck.
Chicago firefighters honored for rescue of chihuahua stuck in bathtub
The Chicago Fire Department will get an award from animal rights group PETA for the rescue of a 5-year-old chihuahua whose foot was stuck in his family's bathtub drain earlier this month.
On May 6, the family contacted PETA for help, and less than 20 minutes after they alerted the fire department, firefighters were on the scene. It took two hours for a crew of 16 people to cut through the ceiling in the apartment below and free the dog. "Chicago's bravest are also Chicago's kindest, as these firefighters didn't stop working until this little dog was free from a stressful and painful situation," said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien in a statement. "PETA hopes their compassion and know-how will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need."
Moky spent almost seven hours with his foot stuck in the drain-but thanks to Chief Mark Altman, Battalion 8, Engine 76, Truck 35, and Squad 2, he was finally freed.
The firefighters will get the Compassionate Fire Department Award, along with a box of vegan cookies and a cookbook with plant-based food recipes.
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