Archive for November 13th, 2020

Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

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Springfield’s fire department reported 73 total firefighters in quarantine Friday, along with a total of 19 who had tested positive for COVID-19. This comes after firefighters reported 37 people were quarantined on Nov. 9. Twelve firefighters had tested positive for the virus at that time. 

All fire stations are open and providing services but Engine 2 and Engine 12 will not be operating until further notice due to the change in numbers. Both engines are part of a multi-company station house. 

“While this is not ideal, it is our current reality with so many of our members who have been exposed,” said Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne. “The department will begin working with our regional hospitals to determine if our methodology for quarantine, which we have used since day one, is still supported by CDC.”

This is a temporary shutdown and the department will be working hard to get firefighters back quickly while keeping the safety of everyone in mind. 


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Fatal explosion in Bensenville, 11-11-20

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A man in his 20’s was killed following a lab explosion inside Pureline Treatment Systems Wednesday afternoon in Bensenville. Firefighters took a hose line to search for the missing employee, trying to make their way through piles of debris and what turned out to be a toxic cloud caused by a damaged container of hydrochloric acid. Two firefighters were briefly hospitalized after inhaling the fumes.

“One lab was completely gone,” Fire Chief Scott Walker said. “The second lab, where the victim was ultimately discovered, you couldn’t make entry because it had a top, but no sides. It was being supported with nothing.”

The company manufactures chlorine dioxide technologies used to purify water. The victim has yet to be identified by the DuPage County Coroner. An official cause for the explosion has not yet been released.

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Brush fire in Lake Forest, 11-9-20

This from Max Weingardt:

The Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 11:52 a.m. Monday to the 600 block of Circle Lane for a report of smoke in the area. Firefighters located an active fire in the McCormick Ravine to the south of the initial location.

Firefighters with hose line in ravine

Max Weingardt photo

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