Chicago: 1 dead, 3 injured in CTA bus crash in Calumet Heights
One person died and three others were injured when a van collided with a CTA bus early Wednesday in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side. A CTA bus traveling southbound in the 9300 block of South Commercial Avenue collided with a van traveling eastbound on East 93rd Street about 12:45 a.m., said police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer, citing preliminary information.
The van, which was carrying three people, burst into flames after the crash and citizens were able to pull two passengers from the vehicle, Greer said.
The male driver of the van, thought to be in his 20s, was pinned inside, authorities said.
After firefighters pulled him from the burning vehicle he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He remained unidentified Wednesday morning.
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Firefighter minimum staffing bill raises concern in Quincy
Legislation currently pending in the Illinois Legislature that would make minimum staffing levels a part of firefighter union labor negotiations is raising concerns with Quincy officials, who believe that it could lead to significant budget increases. Proponents of the measure, which passed the Illinois House by a 63-44 vote on April 3, say it's a safety issue. Municipal officials argue it could further stress already tight budgets. The measure is awaiting to be sent to a Senate committee.
If an impasse on staffing is reached, the decision could be made by an outside arbitrator. Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said he believes that a decision by an arbitrator could cost the community.
"It's my opinion that the manning clause should be left to the city administration and the unions to work out," he said. "The reality is manning is a management right, but it certainly doesn't mean that we can't sit down and have dialogue with the union. But at the end of the day, it's something that the city and the management should be able to determine."
The city has one chief, two deputy chiefs, three assistant chiefs, three captains, nine lieutenants, three floating lieutenants and 40 firefighters to staff five frontline fire trucks.
Chicago Fire Department rescues elderly man from Roseland house fire
Firefighters pulled 73-year-old Paul Fomby to safety through a second-story window at his burning home in the Roseland neighborhood. Chicago Fire Department firefighters arrived around 9 a.m. Tuesday to the burning home in the 700-block of East 105th Street. The rest of the tenants in the two-flat were already out of the building, but Fomby was trapped in an upstairs front bedroom. Neighbors saw him waving his arms and calling for help.
"I ran across the street to get my mask 'cause I was going to go in there and get him myself," said Christopher Kelly, a neighbor, "but the smoke was so thick I couldn't get in there."
Firefighters had to feel their way through thick smoke to locate Fomby, and determined carrying him out through the window was safer than taking him down the stairs.
"We're protected from the heat but the civilian isn't," said Mike Rowan of CFD. "So you bring him into a 400-degree room and he certainly will die."
Firefighters inside and outside the building coordinated the rescue effort, and Mark Cavaletti carried him down the ladder.
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Wrong address in Hunter Township causes confused response
A 911 call Tuesday afternoon reported an out of control field fire was threatening a house at 11879 N 1800. As a result of the address in Hunter Township, the Paris Fire Department and the Vermilion Station of the Paris Community Fire Protection District were initially dispatched. Firefighters could not find a fire at that location because the field fire was actually burning several miles away near 11879 E 1800 in Edgar Township.
“The caller got the address mixed up,” Paris Fire Chief Brian Gates said at the fire scene. “That’s why we were misdirected to the east side.”
Gates said firefighters did not have a fire at the reported address but did see a column of smoke to the northwest of the location and started moving in that direction. By that time, a second caller had provided the right address.
“We kept responding thinking we were going into the Chrisman District,” said Gates.
Based on the volume of smoke, he also requested the Redmon Station of the Paris Commununity Fire Protection District respond.
Teen arsonist given probation for massive Prophetstown fiire
Last summer, fire tore through the very heart of downtown Prophetstown.
Tuesday one of the boys responsible for starting that fire learned he will not go to jail.
The now 17 year old boy who pled guilty to starting the fire that burnt down 8 historic buildings last summer was given a little less than 4 years probation through his 21st birthday.
That sentence handed down late Tuesday afternoon in Sterling.
Terms of the probation say the boy must move in with his mother in Winnebego County Wisconsin where he is already serving probation for another arson offense.
He must continue to wear a g.p.s. ankle band and has an 8 p.m. curfew.
The judge has ordered him to write apology letters to each of the victims and he can not have any contact with his younger brother who helped him set the fire,
that boy too out on probation.
While many in town our upset with the decision, others feel probation was the right call.
"I think its good he wasn't put about a bunch of inmates, I think the child needs help." said resident Mystie Alender.
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