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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 in Cicero

Excerpts from wttw.com:

Suburban Cicero has seen one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Cook County, reporting 844 confirmed cases Monday with 18 deaths. 

“I think it’s due to the demographics of the town, so many people in such a close proximity, so many people living in a three-flat and things like that,” said Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi, who is part of the town’s emergency committee handling the pandemic response. 

A huge chunk of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cicero have occurred at one nursing home, City View Multicare Center on Cermak Road. The facility has seen over 200 confirmed cases, with eight deaths.  Its handling of the coronavirus has drawn the ire of local officials, and the facility is now under investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

“We’re trying to get a handle on it, we’re trying to figure out what’s happening [there],” Buscemi said. “At the onset of the pandemic, I don’t think they were taking the precautions they needed to take. I don’t think that the PPE (personal protective equipment) was being work by the staff members. I don’t think residents were being secluded.” 

Buscemi says the town has served the nursing home with several citations so far. 

Cicero has also issued five executive orders targeting COVID-19 on top of statewide measures. In mid-April, it mandated that masks be worn by everyone going into public buildings, like grocery stores. 

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Fatal fire in Cicero, 2-4-20

Excerpts from Fox32chicago.com:

A 5-year-old boy and his grandfather died early Tuesday after a fire broke out in their home in west suburban Cicero, according to fire officials.

Just after midnight Tuesday, Cicero firefighters responded to calls of a fire at a home in the 4700 block of West 12th Place. Crews found the body of a 5-year-old boy and a man in a second-floor unit. At least four other residents were displaced due to the fire.

“This was a very difficult fire,” said Cicero Fire Chief Dominic Buscemi. “Our firefighters fought through the flames to get to the upstairs bedroom where we believed a man and a child and possibly others were located but we couldn’t save them. The child had a faint pulse but died at the scene. The grandfather was deceased in the burning structure and we were able to recover his body.”

One firefighter was taken to MacNeal Hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation but strong wind conditions are believed to have played a role in increasing the strength and size of the flames.

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Working fire in Cicero, 5-11-19

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Saturday night Cicero had a fire in a 3-flat apartment building at 2120 s 59th Ave. Crews did a great job and knocked it pretty quick. In total I believe they had 4 lines lead out and the main from Truck 1 was up to the roof. 

fire erupts from rear apartment window at night

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fire erupts from rear apartment window at night

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Firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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Firefighters with hose line at night fire scene

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Firefighters at night fire scene

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Cicero FD Engine 1 E-ONE Cyclone-6

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Cicero FD Truck 1

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Cicero FD Truck 1

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Cicero FD Engine 2 E-ONE Cyclone-6

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Firefighters on roof of building fire at night

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Cicero Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Four people were rescued after being trapped in a fire in Cicero that displaced more than a dozen people late Tuesday. The blaze began around 10 p.m. in an apartment building near 16th Street and 51st Court. It started on the third floor with firefighters arriving to find panicked residents who alerted them that people were trapped upstairs.

Firefighters rescued two women and two young children from the building. They suffered from smoke inhalation but were otherwise uninjured and taken to area hospitals as a precaution. One resident said he heard an explosion before the fire began.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear as authorities continue to investigate.

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As seen around … Cicero

This from Dan McInerney:

I shot these at the BNSF Chicago (Cicero) Intermodal Facility in Cicero during a Divison 11 training with BNSF hazmat trainers on 11/1/18

Cicero FD Truck 2

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Cicero FD Truck 2

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Cicero Fire Department news

Excerpts from mysuburbanlife.com:

The Cicero Fire Department has been awarded a nearly $1.48 million grant through the Department of Homeland Security to help with hiring expenses.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of fire departments and the safety of communities.

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Cicero Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Two people were injured in a fire Sunday morning at a three-story apartment complex in Cicero. The fire started about 6:30 a.m. in a second floor unit at the Eureka Apartments, 1639 S. 50th Court. The blaze quickly spread to the back of the building, where it ignited and consumed the back wooden porch before moving to the third floor.

Firefighters rescued 60 people and six cats from the burning building. Officials were working to find families temporary shelter until they’re able to find long-term housing as the building was deemed uninhabitable.

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aftermath of apartment building fire

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Working fire in Cicero, 1-13-18

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Cicero had a Full Still the other night for a fire @ 3424 s Central. A 1.5 sty house with heavy fire on the first floor. Two lines were lead out and Truck 2 made the roof. Companies made a quick knock. 

house fire in Cicero

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Firefighters on roof of house on fire

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house fire in Cicero

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Firefighter with PPE and ice after a fire

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Firefighter on roof during house fire

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Cicero FD Engine 3

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Cicero FD Engine 3

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Cicero Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Two people were seriously injured early Tuesday, when two homes caught fire around 2:30 a.m. in the 5100 block of West 29th Street. The flames from one house spread to a neighboring home due to windy conditions.

Police officers were first to arrive on the scene. They broke down the front door of the home where the fire started, found an 11-year-old boy by the front door, and pulled him out of the building, according to Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi.

“It was great work on PD’s part. They were first on the scene,” he said.

Paramedics took the boy and his mother to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood to be treated for smoke inhalation. Both were in serious condition.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help between 15 and 20 people forced out of their homes due to the fire.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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Box Alarm fire in Cicero, 10-5-17 (part 2)

This from Steve Redick:

Roosevelt and Austin in Cicero. This fire bordered on Chicago who did send a full still response, but Cicero FD was already on the scene. Engine 96 was used to supply a ladder pipe on Truck 29. It was a vVacant building and most of the fire was knocked down by my arrival, but I captured a few interesting images including a Cicero engine pumping from a Chicago hydrant

Steve

Cicero fire truck working at night

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commercial building fire in Cicero

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elevated master streams battle fire

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elevated master streams battle fire

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Cicero fire engine

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elevated master streams battle fire

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Cicero FD Truck 2 at a fire

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Cicero fire trucks at fire scene

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Forest Park fire engine

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Lyons  fire engine

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Cicero fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 96

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Oak Park FD tower ladder at work

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Cicero fire engine

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Cicero fire engine

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