Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the former Harvey’s Marathon gas station at Oakton Street and Northwest Highway in Park Ridge on Wednesday afternoon. Heavy black smoke covered the immediate area while firefighters from several communities worked to get the fire under control.

A Niles firefighter and a Schiller Park firefighter suffered minor burns while fighting the fire and were treated and released from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

The building was loaded with approximately 90,000 pounds of calcium peroxide, a hazardous material that can be used as a decontaminate in soil. The material was brought to the building the previous day. The station has been vacant for several years.

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Aurora Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A woman from an unincorporated area of Aurora Township was found dead in her home following a house fire Tuesday morning.

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. Sate St. in Aurora Township.

Due to the intensity of the fire, initial responders deputies and firefighters were not able to enter the home, which was fully engulfed in flames. Once it was safe to enter, firefighters found Tamara Garcia, 56, dead inside the home.

Garcia was the only occupant of the home at the time of the fire.

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Flossmoor Fire Department history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT-This is the Flossmoor Fire Dept.’s Engine 1340, a 1982 Ford L/Pirsch 1250/400.
Mike Summa
vintage Pirsch fire engine

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3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake, 7-17-19

Photos from the 3-Alarm fire at. 540 Devonshire Lane in Crystal Lake, 7-17-19.

night fire scene photo

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night fire scene photo

Tyler Tobolt photo

night fire scene photo

Tyler Tobolt photo

night fire scene photo

Tyler Tobolt photo

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

At around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded to a reported fire at 540 Devonshire Lane. first responders Firefighters arriving on the scene found a two-story, multi-family apartment style building with fire visible on the roof.

Police officers and firefighters began evacuating residents while crews worked to extinguish the blaze, which was elevated to a three-alarm fire. The fire was first seen on the roof but quickly spread the entire length of the building through the attic. who said crews set up multiple ladder trucks to get water onto the roof and attic.

The fire was declared under control at around 5:20 a.m. The building was deemed uninhabitable and no injuries were reported.

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

Michael Paige photo

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

Michael Paige photo

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

Michael Paige photo

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

Michael Paige photo

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

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3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

Michael Paige photo

3-Alarm fire in Crystal Lake

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Commercial fire and haz mat incident in Park Ridge, 7-17-19

fire truck at fire scene

Photos from Tim Olk of the commercial fire and hazardous materials incident at 969 Northwest Highway in Park Ridge 7-17-19.

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

fire trucks at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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fire trucks at fire scene

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fire truck at fire scene

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Firefighter decon at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

Firefighter decon at fire scene

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Lisbon Seward Fire Protection District news

From a reader:

Please post the article, now that this is public info. The readers need to be made aware of how an incompetent board can destroy our volunteer fire department, believing they are above the law and rule with an iron fist. Thank You for being supportive of our cause!

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from NBCChicago.com:

A Chicago Fire Department investigation is still incomplete over a year after paramedics failed to treat a gunshot victim as he lay in the street dying, although the department says it has new rules to avoid the tragic error in the future.

Erin Carey, 17, initially survived a gunshot wound to his head early June 18, 2018, but was placed under a white sheet by paramedics and left for dead for over an hour, according to a lawsuit filed June 17 by Carey’s family in Cook County Circuit Court. In the lawsuit, Carey’s family alleges that paramedics could have assessed Carey and taken him to a hospital for proper care and at least a dignified transition into death. Instead, the paramedics and Chicago Fire Department operated on a conscious disregard for basic training when they placed a white sheet over teen, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit seeks damages to prevent a repetition of these circumstances and also alleges that Carey most likely would have survived if he had been treated sooner.

Five other people were also shot — one of them fatally. Shortly after the shooting, TV cameras captured Carey moving under the sheet for at least 15 minutes before a paramedic uncovered him and began CPR. Carey died hours later at a hospital.

A possible reason paramedics mistakenly left Carey untreated was the piecemeal way the shooting was announced to emergency personnel. The fire department was reviewing radio transmissions to see why all six victims were not called in at once, but instead separately, leading to fewer resources being directed to the scene.

After the shooting, the department began investigating how paramedics mistakenly thought Carey was dead, and it changed the way paramedics assess shooting victims and anyone else injured. The fire department took measures shortly after the incident to prevent another death like Carey’s. Paramedics are now required to attach heart monitors to every patient to confirm their vital signs.

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Of interest … Seven Tillers in a parade

This from Drew Smith:

Seven Tillers in a parade

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Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

corrected flyer for the Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

Merrionette Park Fire Dept. 70th Anniversary Flea Market and Muster

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Oak Forest Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Chicagotribune.com:

The Oak Forest City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to accept a loan of $350,000 from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s fire truck and ambulance revolving loan program, which ultimately is overseen by the Illinois State Finance Authority.

The loan will provide the money to Oak Forest at a 1.89 percent interest rate, totaling just over $36,000, to be repaid during the next 10 years. Fire Chief Patrick Duffy said they were informed back in August 2018 the money was available, and were notified last month their application for the loan had been approved.

City officials had been stashing money aside so that they could purchase a new firetruck in about two years. But the loan will enable the city to make the purchase later this year and the fact that Oak Forest had been saving money to eventually make the purchase means the city is in a good position to finance this purchase.

The firetruck will replace their oldest piece of equipment, which the fire department has had in use since 1999. That truck is currently out-of-commission and undergoing repairs.

City officials have to vote again later this year to approve the actual purchase of the new fire vehicle.

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