Illinois News

Friday, September 30, 2022

Out of control kitchen fire leaves $70K in damage to Peoria duplex

Peoria fire officials say no one has been injured, but an apartment home in Peoria has sustained thousands of dollars in damage in the wake of a fire late Thursday afternoon. Firefighters say they got the initial call around 5:25 p.m., a structure fire at a single story duplex in the 1700 block of North Great Oak Road in Peoria. Crews arrived to find thick black smoke rising from the front and rear of the structure. A single occupant of the home was outside when crews got to the scene. According to a news release issued Thursday night, flames started on a stove-top inside the duplex and spread throughout the interior of the home, leaving smoke and heat damage throughout and causing roughly $70,000 in damage. A fire investigator determined the blaze to be accidental.
WMBD-AM 1470 Peoria

Springfield landfill catches on fire

Springfield firefighters spent part of Wednesday battling flames at an area landfill. It happened at 6:19 p.m. at Republic Services Sangamon Valley Landfill at 2565 Sandhill Road in Springfield. The Springfield Fire Department says when they arrived, they found garbage on fire. There were no structures involved and no exposures. The fire was eventually put out with the help of bulldozers. Officials say that there were no injuries and no damage from the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WICS/WRSP-TV ABC/FOX 20 Springfield

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fire in Peoria sends two residents to the hospital

An early morning fire sent two Peoria residents to the hospital this morning due to smoke inhalation. Just after 3 a.m. this morning, Peoria Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from a house on West Garden Street located on the south end of Peoria. Upon their arrival, firefighters saw that the two residents had managed to evacuate the premises under their own power. The fire was contained to one room in the house, but the damages are estimated to total northwards of $80,000. There has not been an update on the current condition of the residents, but they are expected to recover. The cause of the fire is currently still under investigation by the Peoria Fire Department.
WMBD-TV CBS 31 Peoria

Chicago area mayors, first responders testify against massive railroad merger

Trains rumble through downtown Bensenville on a regular basis. While many businesses like the Two Chefs restaurant deal with the inconveniences they cause right now, they say a potential increase in freight train traffic would be a much bigger deal. A coalition of mayors and first responders from those towns along the rail line testified against the proposed merger in front of the Surface Transportation Board in Washington D.C. Wednesday. "A small town like Bensenville, where I have grade separations, this potential increase will completely shut down our town," Bensenville Village President Frank DeSimone said. Fire and police chiefs have said the longer freight trains could also make it difficult for them to respond to emergencies while they wait to cross the tracks.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

I-80 Semi Crash Shuts Down Traffic Near Shorewood

A major rollover wreck involving a semi-trailer happened along the westbound stretch of Interstate 80 between Shorewood and Minooka early Wednesday evening leaving three people hospitalized with injuries, according to the Illinois State Police. News of the crash was first reported by the Facebook page Chicagoland FireGround Scanner. Troy Fire responded to the call, as did several ambulances. Minooka and Channahon also sent paramedics to the I-80 crash scene. The Illinois State Police notified Joliet Patch that Wednesday's wreck happened at 5:13 p.m. near milepost 125.
Joliet Patch

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