An apparent lightning strike Thursday afternoon set the roof of a house on fire in Hainesville.
A 911 call came in at 12:20 p.m. for a house fire in the 200 block of Big Horn Drive, officials said, and first-responding crews arrived to find a quarter of the roof on fire.
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The Lake County News-Sun reports that the Grayslake FPD was successful in passing a tax hike
In a recession-fueled funding pinch, the Grayslake Fire Protection District asked its residents for a tax increase through a referendum and they were rewarded Tuesday with a yes vote. With all 30 precincts reporting at 9 p.m., the unofficial “yes” vote totaled 5,003 or 54 percent of the vote. The “no” votes totaled 3,979, or 44 percent.
“We’re up by 54 percent so I think we feel pretty comfortable with that,” said Fire Chief John Christian, referring to the absentee and provincial ballots yet to be counted.
“I’m grateful to the voters,” he said.
The referendum was needed, he said, to ensure the department’s equipment and staffing keeps pace with service demands in the multi-community district.
The ballot question — requesting a tax rate increase of .16 percent per $100 of assessed valuation — was voted on by roughly 32,000 voters in Fremont Township, Grayslake, Gages Lakes, Wildwood, Third Lake and parts of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.
According to the fire district, the increase would mean the owner of a home that has a market value of $100,000 would pay $53.32 more per year. The owner of a home with a market value of $300,000 would pay $159.96 more a year, officials said.
The district has operated on 9 percent less funding during the last five years, officials said. Expenses, however, have not gone down. The district operates three stations, the newest located near Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake. Without a revenue increase, district officials indicated that a station may have to close in 2015 or 2016.
More from Scott Peterson:
Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.
This from Jeff Rudolph:
12/23/2013 .Fox Lake pulled a box alarm for a fire at 35859 Hunt around 1630 hrs today. First engine had a basement fire extending through the roof. Jeff Rudolph
This from Matthew Goss:
Hey CAF Admins,Love the website, you guys do a fantastic job. I saw Grayslake had their new ambulance come in at Advocate Condell Thursday afternoon. Its a 2012 Ford F-450/Road Rescue Ultramedic Type 1 ambulance listed as 2740. I do not know what station it is out of, but I’m thinking it’s Station 3. The guys i talked to said they got it in service a week or two ago. If you want to update the website showing it that’d be great. I did not get a picture as Condell’s ambulance bay was full at the time.Keep it upMatthew G
The following departments have new vehicles coming.
Gurnee has two units due late this summer:
- an EONE Cyclone II engine
- a Road Rescue Type I ambulance on an F-450 4×4 chassis
Grayslake has one unit coming this summer:
- a Horton Type I ambulance on a F-450 4×4 chassis
- a Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a F-450 4×4 chassis
- a Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a F-450 4x chassis
- two EONE engines on Cyclone chassis
- one EONE 95′ tower ladder with no pump and no water tank on a Cyclone chassis
- a Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a Ford F-450 4×4 chassis
The Chicago Tribune reported that:
Searchers find body in lake where man went missing
Divers pulled a body from Gages Lake at about 3:20 p.m. in the area where they had been looking for a swimmer who had gone missing late Monday night, an official said.
John Christian, chief of Grayslake Fire Protection District, said the body was found in the middle of the lake in about 40 feet of water – the same area where crews had been using sonar throughout the day looking for the missing man.
Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Kates said the missing man was 44, and lived in Lake County. But authorities have not identified the body as that of the man they had been searching for.
Crews were used sonar this morning to search Gages Lake in unincorporated Grayslake for signs of a man who jumped off a pontoon boat Monday night and has not been seen since, Christian said.
A man swam up to a resident who lives on the lake at about 9:30 p.m. Monday and said he was looking for a friend of his, Christian said. Rescue crews searched the surface of the lake until about midnight. Authorities also confirmed that it does not appear the missing man swam to another shore of the lake. The search resumed at about 5:30 a.m. with sonar.
“It appears they were swimming off the boat and the boat got away from them,” Christian said.
The complete article and video footage is HERE.
The Daily Herald has an article about the opening of Grayslake Fire Protection District Station 3.
Grayslake Fire Protection District has opened a new station designed to improve response times to the Saddlebrook Farms development in Round Lake Park and nearby areas.
Built at Peterson Road and Route 60, the district’s third firehouse debuted at 7 a.m. Monday. It’ll be staffed 24 hours a day with three firefighter/paramedics.
Funding for the third station was approved in a 2008 tax-increase referendum. An owner of a $200,000 market value home was projected to pay an extra $100 annually to the fire district.
About $2.2 million was budgeted for the 10,000-square-foot firehouse in unincorporated Lake County. It’s a single-story structure with equipment and truck areas, firefighter dormitory rooms and offices.
The fire district doesn’t include only the namesake village. Third Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and unincorporated Lake County areas of Wildwood, Gages Lake, Highland Lake and Fremont Township also are within its boundaries.
The complete article can be found HERE.