One Killed in Eldorado Fire
An Eldorado man is dead after an apartment fire Wednesday night. Eldorado Fire Chief Mike McKinnies says crews were called to the building at Railroad and Third Streets around 7 p.m.
Investigators believe a cigarette sparked the flames. McKinnies says the man who lived in the apartment was a heavy smoker, and firefighters had been called to his unit before.
Three other people who lived in the 4-unit building have been relocated while cleanup and repairs get underway.
Stay with News 3 for updates as they become available.
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7 displaced following Chicago blaze, porch collapse
Seven people were displaced after a fire raced through an old greystone, causing a balcony to collapse Wednesday afternoon in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. No one was injured during the blaze in the 1600 block of South Homan Avenue, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
Firefighters searched the basement, first and second floors of the old greystone, and “as the fire was in progress, the balcony of the second floor, located over the front porch, collapsed,’’ Langford said.
It “could have been catastrophic’’ if anyone were standing there, he said. The fire was brought under control about 2:15 p.m.
The city’s Department of Human Services helped seven adults who needed somewhere to stay, Langford added.
Two firefighters injured in Hinsdale house fire
An early morning fire Oct. 29 on the 900 block of South Bodin Street in Hinsdale damaged the home, but residents got out safety and firefighters rescued a pet cat. The fire call came in at 4:07 a.m. from a resident, and the police first responded found the house “fully involved.” Lt. Mike Neville immediately elevated the response to a box alarm, requesting additional fire resources from neighboring towns.
Both residents of the home were standing out in front and said everybody was out of the house except for the family’s cat. Hinsdale firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the rear of the home, making entry inside to continue battling flames and to search for the cat. The cat was found unharmed in a closet.
Challenges including that the power lines, electric service to the home, were compromised and actively arching in the back yard. Members of the Hinsdale engine and ambulance crews carefully stretched an attack hose line to the rear of the home.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation. However, fire officials said it appears to be accidental and not suspicious in nature. Estimated damages were determined to be about $50,000. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. One firefighter was treated at the scene and released, the other was transported to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital where he was treated and later released.
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Chicago’s Harper High Evacuated Over Carbon Monoxide, Up To 9 Hospitalized
As many as nine people were taken to hospitals Wednesday morning, after high carbon monoxide readings were detected at a West Englewood high school. Around 10 a.m., firefighters conducted a hazardous materials response at Harper High School, at 65th and Wood, due to high carbon monoxide levels. The school was evacuated, and will be closed for the rest of the day.
People’s Gas spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson Peoples Gas “is supporting [the Chicago Fire Department] in their investigation into a foreign odor at Harper High School.”
Chicago police said nine students were hospitalized as a precaution, although the Fire Department said six students and one teacher were hospitalized.
Students who weren’t sick were being bused to other schools.
Officials said a construction crew was relining sewers in the area, and vapors from the sewer might have seeped into the school, raising carbon monoxide levels, and making some people feel ill.
Alton Fire Department helps seniors with fire safety
In a new effort, city firefighters are instructing senior citizen groups on preventing falls and fires in their homes, beginning Wednesday at Skyline Towers apartments. “This is the first time giving this program, ‘Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults,’ ” said Deputy Chief Mark Harris of the Alton Fire Department. “They were very receptive; they were a great group” he said of the residents of the facility, 3113 Washington Ave.
At least 50 people attended the initial presentation.
“We will do this at any place that asks us to do it” in Alton, he said. “We will target Skyline, Hillcrest and Marian Heights (apartments) and Senior Services Plus, but we’ll do it anyplace we are asked.” The National Fire Prevention Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the program, working with experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high, fire risk states.
The program, to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible, was designed for coalitions of local fire departments, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others to implement, the NFPA website says.