Archive for March 23rd, 2019

Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-22-19

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Five-year-old Katlyn Jefferies was found dead after she became trapped inside a burning Englewood home. Firefighters arrived just after 7 a.m. to the girl’s home in the 5800 block of South May Street and were told someone was trapped inside a burning brick two-flat. The girl’s grandfather said he was trying to kick in a door to rescue the girl, but he was stopped by a police officer who had arrived at the scene. Firefighters began searching for the girl as soon as they were told she could be trapped inside. The girl was found on a top bunk bed inside a bedroom on the first floor of the building and was pronounced dead on the scene.

It was unclear how many people were inside the building when the fire broke out, but fire officials believe at least three children were in the first-floor apartment. One child told officials they were woken up by a dog licking their face.

Firefighters didn’t find any working smoke detectors on the floor where the girl was found, but a working smoke detector was in the second-floor unit. The building did not have any recent code violations.

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Wheeling Firefighters Association St Baldrick’s Fundraiser 3-30-19

Wheeling Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3079

The Wheeling Firefighters Association will be holding a fundraiser for the St Baldrick’s Foundation 


Wheeling Professional Firefighters

Mar 30, 2019 • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

At: White Eagle  6839 N. Milwaukee Ave , Niles, IL US

Need more info? Contact Jeff Shewfelt  or Adam Gambro

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Minooka Fire Protection District news

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The Minooka Fire Protection District was recognized this week by the State Fire Marshal’s Office for receiving an ISO Class 1 certification, the 21st fire department in Illinois to receive it. To receive the certification the district was graded on factors such as communication, training, and the water service in the area they serve. In the Minooka district’s case, that meant working with the villages of Minooka and Channahon to ensure water service met the standards.

Becoming an ISO Class 1 department took years of preparation and a couple visits from the grader. One of the benefits for the community could be lower insurance ratings.

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Of interest … Backdraft II (more)


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Universal Pictures has reignited the Backdraft franchise with Backdraft 2 starring original film actors Donald Sutherland and William Baldwin. Newcomer Joe Anderson as the son of Steven “Bull” McCaffrey, along with Alisha Bailey and Jessamine-Bliss Bell, round out the core cast.

Original film producer Raffaella DeLaurentiis and  writer/former firefighter Gregory Widen have also returned for the sequel that will be helmed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

Backdraft 2 is a direct-to-video release from Universal 1440 Entertainment. It will be released simultaneously May 14th on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

Universal will also release a Backdraft and Backdraft 2 Blu-ray set the same date. Also strongly rumored per a listing at Amazon is a Backdraft 4K Ultra HD release with a May 7th release date.

Pre-order Backdraft 2 on Blu-ray combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

thanks Ron

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