Archive for March 20th, 2020

Fire service news – coronavirus

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The Chattanooga Fire Department said on Facebook it received a donation of sanitizing products after a viral story about individuals who hoarded nearly 18,000 bottles. Matt and Noah Colvin drew widespread fury over the weekend after their effort was profiled by The New York Times, in which they were revealed to have cleared out hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes from stores around Chattanooga and parts of Kentucky.

On Sunday, one of the brothers helped volunteers from a local church place two-thirds of the massive supply onto a truck destined to deliver the products to Tennesseans in need. The church has been in contact with the Hamilton County Sheriff and local authorities to get the sanitizer into the hands of emergency workers, nursing homes, and anywhere else they are most needed. The remaining third reportedly was seized by officials from the Tennessee attorney general’s office and will be handed over to authorities in Kentucky for distribution.

The brothers had sold the sanitizer for between $8 and $70 each, multiple times higher than what they paid for the product at local stores.


Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-19-20

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A 59-year-old man was found dead in a fire .

Firefighters responded about 1:40 p.m. to a six-unit building in the 2600 block of S. Wells St. in Chinatown Thursday. Heavy fire was coming from the front window. Inside, firefighters found a man near the front of the building who was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was 59 years old and had burns on his body. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name or cause of death.

No one else was injured, and there was no working smoke alarm inside. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-17-20

This from Steve Redick:

Chicago Still & Box Alarm 4909 Cottage Grove


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

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