Archive for December 2nd, 2015

Aurora Regional Fire Museum


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Join the movement & give back

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is an independent nonprofit 501c(3) educational institution that features a variety of family-friendly, hands-on, interactive exhibits, designed to educate and entertain. The museum is funded by grants, donations, memberships, and (lastly) earned income such as admissions fees, facility rentals and gift shop sales.

Now more than ever we are looking to you for assistance.   Here are three (EASY) ways you can help us this week:

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Give your time, Give your money — Give to support the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! 

Giving Tuesday:
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is among the more than 30,000 organizations participating in #GivingTuesday — a global day dedicated to giving.

The best (and most supportive) way to help the fire museum is though a direct monetary donation to the general operating fund. Consider making a meaningful donation (of any amount) today!

Make your tax-deductible
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Reuland Contest:
For their 60th Anniversary, Reuland Food Service is holding a popularity contest among twenty-seven local non-profit organizations. They will award $5,000 to the organization who recieves the most popular votes between now and December 31.  One vote per e-mail address / per web-browser.

Please vote for the fire museum now . . . and share the link with your friends and family on social media.

Click HERE to vote for
the Aurora Regional
Fire Museum Now




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— and bring some new friends! 
First Fridays:
On December 4, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be one of over a dozen venues participating in the holiday edition of Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays. The museum will be open from 6 to 9pm and offering FREE admission.  See the new exhibit “Teamwork, Brotherhood and Change” and enjoy the museum as it’s decked out for the holidays.

Help the fire museum attract new visitors — take advantage of this opportunity to introduce the fire museum to your friends and family.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is an independent nonprofit 501c(3) organization located in Aurora’s fully restored 1894 old Central Fire Station and features a variety of family-friendly,  hands-on, interactive exhibits, designed to educate and entertain.  The museum also offers group tours, hosts a variety of lectures and educational programs, and participates in numerous parades, special events, and community festivals.

For more details see the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s website.

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Two Code 4 alarms for bedroom fire in Niles, 11/30/15

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The Nile Fire Department was called out twice to extinguish fire in the same second floor bedroom of a Niles home near Golf Mill Shopping Center on Monday (11/30/15).

Firefighters responded to the first blaze just before 9 a.m. in the second floor bedroom of the home in the 9200 block of Callero Drive. Around noon after firefighters and investigators had cleared the scene, they were dispatched again to find flames reignited near the same point of origin.

Firefighters at the scene did not have an immediate suspected cause for either fire. A district chief said they had completed overhaul of the structure to extinguish any lingering embers. Firefighters were seen on the roof doing overhaul after the second fire. The Journal was told it was possible the first fire might have survived in the walls or other areas not visible, but said he could not be totally sure.

Niles Fire Chief Steve Borkowski said smoke was reported coming from an unidentified home on the streets behind the Bradford Exchange just before 9 a.m., across Milwaukee Avenue from Golf Mill. Firefighters found a small amount of steam and smoke on the first floor. They forced open a door and discovered fire in a second floor bedroom, quickly extinguishing flames by 9:19 a.m. Borkowski said no one was in the home at the time of that fire and no one was injured.

Borkowski estimated damages at $50,000 after the first fire. He said damage was contained to the second floor bedroom, but smoke, water damage, and soot spread throughout the rest of the structure. He was not immediately available for comment after the second blaze.

Nearly 40 firefighters from Niles, Glenview, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, and the North Maine Fire Protection Dist. responded to the first Code 4 alarm.

A chief on the scene of the second fire said the homeowner was at home when flames reignited, but was not injured.


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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-2-15 (more)

More on the 2-11 Alarm fire that destroyed the Nuevo Leon Restaurant and several apartments above.

fire engulfs an alley garage

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fire engulfs an alley garage

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Chicago fire trucks at night fire scene

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Chicago FD Snorkel Squad 1A

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Chicago FD Engine 18

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firemen in tower ladder battle fire

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-2-15

Chicago had a 2-11 Alarm fire at 1511 W. 18th Street in a three-story brick, apartments over a restaurant. The fire communicated to a similar building to the west and to a garage in the rear.

Chicago fire scene at night

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Chicago fire scene at night

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