Archive for April 1st, 2013

Explosion and fire in Bloomingdale 4-1-13

The Bloomingdale FPD responded to a reported explosion in an industrial facility this afternoon in unincorporated Glendale Heights. The Daily Herald reports :

At least two people were injured Monday morning in an explosion and fire inside Northstar Metal Products Inc., a metal fabricating plant in Glendale Heights.

Bloomingdale Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Janus said firefighters responded at 11:56 a.m. to a report of an explosion and arrived to find smoke pouring from the rear of the building at 591 Mitchell Drive.

The complete article is HERE.

John Tulipano submitted images from the scene.

Glenside Fire District quint

Glenside quint to the roof. John Tulipano photo

Bloomingdale Fire District engine

Bloomingdale engine on a hydrant. John Tulipano photo


MABAS 10 MVU from Lyons. John Tulipano photo

Deputy Chief Robert Hoff

Carol Stream Deputy Chief Hoff. John Tulipano photo

firefighters at scene of factory fire in Glendale Heights

Firefighters standby outside. John Tulipano photo

Carol Stream Fire Department Battalion 28

Carol Stream Battalion 28. John Tulipano photo

John has more images HERE.

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Box Alarm house fire in St. Charles on 3-31-13 (pt2)

More on Sunday’s fire in a St. Charles home from the Daily Herald:

A St. Charles home was left uninhabitable after officials from seven different departments spent much of Sunday afternoon fighting a large fire there, authorities said.

At 12:29 p.m., St. Charles firefighters responded to a house fire on the 600 block of State Avenue and found heavy smoke coming from all three floors of the home, according to a news release. The home also reportedly doubled as a day-care facility.

Upon entry the fire was found on all three floors and the alarm was upgraded to a first level MABAS Box Alarm, which brought additional assistance to the scene.

The complete article can be found HERE.

An earlier post with a photo from the scene is HERE.

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Apartment fire in Lyons 4-1-13

The Chicago Tribune has an article describing the efforts of a police officer in Lyons who is responsible for getting residents safely out of an apartment building that was on fire:

A veteran police officer in west suburban Lyons spotted a building on fire early this morning and rushed inside, alerting police and fire dispatchers and then leading a man and child to safety before being overcome by smoke, officials said.

Minutes later, a woman trapped on the second floor dropped a toddler into the arms of police officers and firefighters. The woman was brought down on a ladder, Lyons Police Commander Brian Kuratko said.

“I just wanted to make sure she was safe,” said the toddler’s mother, Mary Jones. “So I just hurried up and gave her to the police so she would get out of the building. . .I knew if I would have opened the door, like the fire would have just been blazing, so I went back to the window.”

thanks Chris

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Box Alarm house fire in West Chicago 3-28-13 (pt 3)

The Daily Herald has a follow-up story about the residents of the house fire in West Chicago on Thursday:

Carlee Martino didn’t have much time to react when she woke up from a nap to the sound of her mother screaming that their West Chicago house was on fire. Just moments later, Martino stood outside with her mother, father, three brothers and four family pets to watch the smoke and flames consume all their belongings.

But it wasn’t so much her clothes, computer and furnishings that Martino mourned after Thursday afternoon’s fire. It was the loss off her school supplies. Martino is in her second semester at Elgin Community College’s nursing program. It costs about $1,000 in books and supplies each semester to get through the program. That doesn’t factor in the cost of tuition and getting to and from school.

That’s where Brittany Von Eyser is hoping to help. Von Eyser is one of Martino’s classmates in the program. Shortly after learning about Martino’s needs, she began an online fundraiser to help her friend get enough money to replace her nursing supplies and obtain some basic clothes to get to school.

A cause for the fire has not yet been determined. Von Eyser said the Martino family are staying at a grandfather’s home in Bloomingdale while the fire is investigated. No one was seriously injured in the fire but the residence is considered a total loss.

The complete article is HERE.

Our articles with photos are HERE and HERE.

thanks Chris

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Box Alarm house fire in West Chicago 3-28-13 (pt 2)

Pictures from Don Tessler of the house fire in West Chicago on Thursday that injured four.


four hurt at West Chicago house fire

Don Tessler photo

four hurt at West Chicago house fire

Don Tessler photo

four hurt at West Chicago house fire

Don Tessler photo

four hurt at West Chicago house fire

Don Tessler photo

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