Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Marion fire department expanding current building
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:40:51 -0700
The Marion fire department is expanding its current fire station. The city bought property next door; where the old Farm Fresh building used to be on Court Street. Crews knocked the building down in April and Fire Chief Jerry Odum said the new one will cost about $850,000. He said crews are building two new bays for fire engines and a room to clean equipment.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 7:40:51 PM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
3 firefighters burned while battling blaze inside vacant Park Ridge gas station ‘loaded’ with hazardous material
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:16:44 -0700
Three firefighters were burned while fighting a fire at a long-vacant former gas station in Park Ridge on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. at the former Marathon gas station at Oakton Street and Northwest Highway. Heavy black smoke covered the immediate area while firefighters from several suburban communities worked to get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 5:16:44 PM - SOURCE: Elgin Courier News - Metered Site
Fired Melrose Park firefighter can't dodge residency rules by owning a home rented to someone else in village
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:53:12 -0700
A former Melrose Park firefighter has lost his appeal to overturn the decision to terminate his employment for his failure to abide by residency requirements. John Cannici argued that he maintained a home in Melrose Park and, therefore, satisfied the requirements under the municipal code that certain employees must live within the boundaries.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 8:53:12 PM - SOURCE: Cook County Record
Rockford Fire Department hosts hydrant parties to help community stay cool
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:34:33 -0700
With the summer heating up the Rockford Fire and Water Departments are cooling things down. You may spot them traveling around the community hosting hydrant parties. “[The parties] give kids an opportunity to come out here and get in the sprinkler and cool off,” Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 5:34:33 PM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
Fire Tears Through Crystal Lake Condo Building
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:54:42 -0700
A fire tore through a condo building in suburban Crystal Lake early Wednesday, with flames ravaging the structure from the top down and rendering it uninhabitable. At around 3 a.m., the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded to a report of a fire at 540 Devonshire Lane, fire officials said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 4:54:42 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Aurora Township woman found dead after house fire
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:04:28 -0700
A woman from an unincorporated area of Aurora Township was found dead in her home following a house fire Tuesday morning, officials said. Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Aurora Township firefighters were dispatched to a house fire with a person possibly trapped inside around 5:35 a.m. Tuesday at 1116 S.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 11:04:28 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Arson attempt in DeKalb fails to start fire
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:27:37 -0700
Fire crews responded Tuesday to reports of a substance being lit on fire in the third-floor hallway at an apartment building at 930 Greenbrier Road, a building that was the site of a suspected arson Thursday. Fire crews responded about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a string material on fire on the third floor of the building, with smoke in the hallway.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 4:27:37 AM - SOURCE: DeKalb Daily Chronicle
Firefighter And Resident Hurt In Crystal Lake Garage Fire
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:47:59 -0700
A firefighter and a resident were injured Monday during a fire in the 1300 block of Gardina Vista Street, the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department reported in a release. The department responded to a report of a structure fire at 11:15 p.m. Monday at the above address, and crews arrived to find a garage fully engulfed in flames, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 3:47:59 PM - SOURCE: Crystal Lake Patch.com
Dixon fire chief retires
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:47:08 -0700
ire Chief Tim Shipman retired Monday, but fellow city officials were certain of one thing: the culture he created at the department will be long lasting. Shipman, who became chief in 2008 and served at the Dixon Fire Department for 26 years, will become the city’s new building official next month. He thanked his family and his colleagues at a recognition ceremony Monday in jam-packed council chambers before passing the torch to Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 7:47:08 PM - SOURCE: SaukValley.com
Fire spreads to 3 homes in Englewood; no injuries reported
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:06:57 -0700
No one was injured after a fire spread to several homes Monday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. Firefighters were called about 4:15 p.m. for a blaze in the 6800 block of South Lafayette Avenue, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said. The fire was upgraded within minutes as crews worked to keep the flames from spreading to adjacent houses, Merritt said.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 6:06:57 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Decatur: No injuries in Archer Daniels Midland warehouse fire
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:36:35 -0700
Firefighters quickly contained a fire at an Archer Daniels Midland warehouse, the company said in a statement. ADM leaders said the the fire began at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a storage warehouse near the company's Stratus soybean oil processing facility in Decatur. The fire did not cause any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 8:36:35 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Rockford Fire, OSF team up to teach fire safety
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:53:04 -0700
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center's Burn Unit has treated nearly a dozen burn injuries this month. To prevent these cases, OSF teamed up with the Rockford Fire Department to remind people to learn, don't burn. Officials say patients have recently suffered injuries to the legs and upper body when trying to ignite trash or grills with gas.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 3:53:04 PM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
Family Service Agency takes over aid for residents displaced by fires in DeKalb
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 22:05:10 -0700
Colleen Parks of Family Service Agency of DeKalb County said her team has been running nonstop since last Tuesday trying to help families displaced in fires, after taking over first-response efforts since the American Red Cross does not have a local office. “Emotions are high,” Parks said Monday. “This is hard; this is a devastating event to multiple families.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 10:05:10 PM - SOURCE: DeKalb Daily Chronicle
Authorities investigating after 3 found dead in burning house near Elmhurst
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:49:44 -0700
Three people were found dead in a home after authorities responded to a house fire Friday evening in unincorporated DuPage County near Elmhurst. At about 9:30 p.m., DuPage County sheriff's deputies and the Elmhurst Fire Department responded to a house fire on Willow Road. Firefighters removed one woman and two males from the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2019 10:49:44 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Lawsuit: Firefighter claims severe, permanent disability from Beach Park ammonia spill
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:20:14 -0700
A firefighter is the latest person to file a lawsuit over the Beach Park ammonia spill in April that sent more than 40 people to the hospital. The 23-year-old firefighter said he has a "severe and permanent disability" from the spill. The lawsuit names the driver of the tractor carrying the ammonia and his employer, John Kevek Farms.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 1:20:14 PM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago
Follow-up: Oglesby First Responders Lead 90-Vehicle Procession in Memory of Evan Knobloch
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:50:57 -0700
Led by an Oglesby fire vehicle displaying his jacket and helmet, a convoy of nearly 90 emergency vehicles honored Evan Knobloch Friday night. First responders from all across the region rolled through Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru Friday night in honor of the 20-year-old Oglesby firefighter and St. Bede graduate who passed away on Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 5:50:57 PM - SOURCE: WLPO-AM
Rockford Police top Rockford Fire in 'Battle of the Badges'
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:50:54 -0700
Rockford Police come out victorious over Rockford Fire in the 2019 "Battle of the Badges" blood drive challenge. Rockford Police won the competition, 222-184. Blood donors chose to support a department during the challenge, which ran from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12. The challenge is an effort to raise awareness for blood donations and help the Rock River Valley Blood Center maintain adequate blood supply over summer.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 2:50:54 PM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
Driver Killed in Crash with Amtrak Train While Passing Activated Train Gates in Morton Grove
Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:43:20 -0700
Morton Grove and Niles firefighter/paramedics and Morton Grove and Metra police responded about 12:14 p.m. Sunday July 14, 2019 to a crash involving an Amtrak train and a red Kia Sedona minivan. The Sedona minivan was apparently eastbound on Lincoln Avenue and went around the activated train gates as a southbound Amtrak train was approaching.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2019 4:43:20 PM - SOURCE: The Cardinal
Blaze tears through Bloomington apartment house
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 01:46:06 -0700
A fire caused heavy damage to an apartment house late Sunday night on Bloomington’s near east side. Bloomington Firefighters were called shortly before 11 p.m. to a house with three apartments at 319 E. Locust St., between McLean and Prairie Streets. Only one of the seven people believed to be living in the building was home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 1:46:06 AM - SOURCE: WJBC 1230-AM & 93.7-FM
Oglesby firefighter Evan Knoblauch succumbs to cancer
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:39:24 -0700
They had hoped to surprise him Friday with cheering crowds and a procession of dozens of fire engines from across Illinois. But after a long fight with cancer, Oglesby firefighter Evan Knoblauch passed away Wednesday evening. He was 20. Friends and supporters from St. Bede Academy, Evan’s alma mater, and throughout Oglesby were grieving today and also for much of the morning were wrestling with whether to cancel or reschedule Friday’s detailed program.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 8:39:24 AM - SOURCE: News Tribune (North Central Illinois)

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