Illinois News

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Peoria firefighters respond to house fire on West Moss Avenue

VIDEO: The Peoria Fire Department responded to a house fire near Moss Avenue and Institute Place on Monday. According to Peoria Fire Battalion Chief Steve Rada, fire crews responded around 11 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from rear roof of the house. Rada said workers had been doing repairs at the house when they noticed the small fire on the roof and attempted to put it out without success The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical, caused by a power line touching the roof. No injuries were reported and the occupants were not forced to find other lodging. The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damages.
WMBD-TV CBS 31 Peoria

Urbana City Council allocates grant money for new fire stations

VIDEO: The Urbana City Council has approved $1.5 million for building two new fire stations. A grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity gave a total of $2 million to the city for community development, affordable housing, violence prevention and administrative costs. The fire department said the Philo Road and North Lincoln Avenue stations are long overdue for upgrades, but using the money for the stations wasn’t a unanimous decision from the City Council. Some city council members, including Christopher Evans, were opposed to giving such a large sum of that money to the department. “I just think that the spirit of the DCEO grant was intended for economic opportunities in these low-income neighborhoods and not for the government buildings of these neighborhoods,” Evans said during debate.
WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Female firefighters train and learn from other female firefighters in Romeoville

VIDEO: Firefighters from across the state were honing their skills in Romeoville on Saturday. It's a unique training opportunity for women that's led by women. CBS 2's Noel Brennan had the story. Fire is no match for women who bust barriers for a living. Christy Lynch is 26 years into her firefighting career at the Bolingbrook Fire Department. She said she started right out of high school at age 18. Nicole Maslowski is just getting started at Glenside fire. "I've been there for one and a half years about," she said. At the Romeoville Fire Academy, women learn from each other. "We've got a bunch of women out here," said Maslowski. "Just practicing some fire skills and getting better techniques from everybody." Women only make up about 8% of the fire service, according to Lynch.
WISC-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 3 Madison

Intentionally-set fire destroys vehicle; two dogs rescued from Galesburg house fire

A vehicle was declared a total loss after it was determined it was intentionally set on fire Sunday morning on North Kellogg Street. According to a news release, the Galesburg Fire Department also responded to a vehicle fire near a residence at 909 N. Kellogg Street at 8:22 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, personnel encountered a vehicle with fire coming from the rear driver’s side and the passenger compartment. The Fremont Station crew utilized an attack line to extinguish the fire, and the Central Station crew established a water supply. The vehicle was determined to be a total loss. There was no damage to the residence and no injuries were reported. Preliminary damage estimates are at $13,000. The vehicle fire was determined to be intentionally set and is under investigation by Galesburg Fire and Police Investigators.
WGIL-FM 93.7/AM 1400 Galesburg

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