Archive for March 11th, 2023

Multiple fatal fire in Chicago, 3-7-23 (more)

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A house fire has claimed the lives of all four family members of Chicago Firefighter Walter Stewart. The fire broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 2500-block of North Rutherford Avenue on Tuesday night. Everyone inside the home suffered severe smoke inhalation.

The blaze claimed the lives of Stewart’s wife, 36-year-old Summer Day-Stewart, who died on Friday, as well as the couple’s 7-year-old son, Ezra Stewart, who died on Wednesday. The two remaining children, a 2-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl — who have been hospitalized since the fire — passed away Friday night.

Ignite the Spirit, a Chicago Fire Department charity, has established a fund to support the family.

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Illinois fire service news

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Illinois fire safety groups are speaking out about some proposed legislation they say is supported by out-of-state fireworks companies looking to legalize certain types of explosives in the state.

The type of device in question reportedly has 500 grams of pyrotechnic component — the highest level of potency before you need a professional license to handle them.

House Bill 2121 would re-classify these items as non-fireworks.

The Illinois fire officials say that if the measure passes and these types of devices aren’t restricted, sellers would not have to be licensed or have insurance.

Currently these types of devices are illegal — a rule that Illinois fire officials want to stay in place.

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Apartment fire in Wheeling, 3-11-23

Wheeling and Prospect Heights firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 375 Plum Creek Drive Saturday morning. Companies arrived to find fire from a third floor balcony on the south side of the building. The alarm was upgraded to a Working Fire which brought additional units from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Glenview, Des Plaines, Niles, the North Maine FPD, and Northbrook.; #WheelingFD;

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Firefighters from Wheeling Truck 24 made an initial transitional attack from the exterior with a 2 1/2″ line at ground level. Companies from Engines 23 and 24 made an interior attack to extinguish the fire within the apartment. One resident was transported to an area hospital.; #larryshapiro;; #WheelingFD; #FireTruck; #rosenbaueramerica; #Commander;

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