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Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

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Malgorzata Rostecka, a nurse assistant ,who lives near the apartments in the 2000 block of Hassell Road said she and her 8-year-old daughter were out for a walk when they smelled smoke. She sent her daughter to call 911 and saw beyond an open door a man leaning against a wall in his burning apartment.

She told the man to leave the building, but he couldn’t move. She said the man was having difficulty breathing, couldn’t walk and already had burns on his face and hands. She could recognize that the skin was peeling from his mouth and nose. She helped him out of the burning apartment, as he leaned on her heavily.

Rostecka heard what she described as an explosion in the living room area just as she was getting the man out the door. Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Jeff Jorian said he doesn’t know exactly what she heard but that it’s common for aerosol cans to explode in such heat.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at the two-story building of the Barrington Lakes Apartments about 7:15 p.m. Smoke and flames were blowing out of the first-floor apartment unit, where investigators believe a fire started in the kitchen. The man, who had burns on his face and hands, was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center and later transferred to Loyola.

Hoffman Estates firefighters said the initial damage estimate is $250,000. The building was substantially damaged and was equipped with an automatic fire alarm which activated, but not a sprinkler system. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Chief Jorian said though this event ended well, it can be dangerous to enter a burning building, and firefighters and paramedics would prefer to have one victim, not two.

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Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

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Craig A. Roller, 63 years old, of the 600 block of Mohave Street was pronounced dead at 2:34 a.m. Thursday at St. Alexius Medical Center after he died in a Hoffman Estates house fire. He was the homeowner and sole occupant, fire officials said.

The fire was reported by a neighbor across the street at 1:35 a.m., Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Jeff Jorian said.

Firefighters extinguished flames in the rear of the single-story ranch home and found Roller in a bedroom.  The house was found to have working smoke detectors, but was not equippped with a sprinkler system.

The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the home, and is being jointly investigated by the State Fire Marshal and Hoffman Estates’ fire and police departments.

Hoffman Estates had 22 firefighters at the scene in addition to mutual aid from the Schaumburg and Streamwood.

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Hoffman Estates house fire, 2-5-14

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a fully-involved house fire Wednesday in Hoffman Estates:

No one was injured when a Hoffman Estates home caught fire Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Fire Chief Jeff Jorian said police arrived at the scene just before 2 p.m. to find the single-family house, on the 1000 block of Basswood St., engulfed in flames.The three adults in the home at the time escaped uninjured, including one who has a disability that requires a wheelchair, he said.  He said it appeared that the fire started in the garage before spreading to the ranch-style house. A resident in a nearby apartment complex called 911.

The fire left the home uninhabitable and caused some exterior damage to a home to the south, according to Jorian.

“There was a lot of smoke pretty quick with this one,” he said. “There’s fire damage through at least half of the house, but extensive smoke damage throughout.”

Schaumburg firefighters arrived on the scene first, Jorian said, because there was initially some confusion as to where the fire was located. The apartment complex of the resident who called 911 is in Schaumburg, he said. This is the third fire in that neighborhood in the past few years, Jorian said, though he called it a coincidence.

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A home in the 1000 block of Basswood Street caught fire on Wednesday.
5:16 pm, February 5, 2014

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Hoffman Estates considers new alert system for fire department

This from Ron Wolkoff … the source is unclear:

Hoffman Estates firefighters may soon be benefiting from an improved alerting system and new mobile computers for five fire department vehicles.

While meeting as the public health and safety committee Monday, the Hoffman Estates village board reviewed a request to waive bidding and purchase $206,200 in new fire station alerting equipment for each of the village’s four fire stations.

The new equipment will replace systems that are more than 20 years old. It will match the master control panel that was installed in each station last year by the department’s dispatching center — Northwest Central Dispatch System — when it switched to a new computerized dispatch system.

Benefits of the new equipment include escalating tone signals and clear voice announcements, which will likely reduce cardiac stress and anxiety in firefighters and improve response time.

“Even before all the dispatch information is verbalized, there are scrolling screens and special lights on the ceiling that come on that inform members of the station that they’re going to be due to respond,” said Fire Chief Jeff Jorian.

The system is also equipped with an automatic power supply, ensuring emergency calls won’t be missed if the fire station experiences a power outage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the department that will cover 80 percent of the cost of the new equipment.

The village will cover the remaining 20 percent, with nearly $31,000 from reserves in the general fund and about $10,300 from reserves in the EDA administration fund.

In addition to the new alerting equipment, the board also reviewed a request to waive bidding and purchase $31,000 worth of new mobile work stations to be installed in a new fire engine that has yet to be purchased and four existing vehicles in the fleet. The current mobile computer equipment in the four existing vehicles was installed in 2007 and 2008.

The village’s 2013 operating budget contains funding for the purchase of the mobile work stations.

Final board approval for the purchase of the mobile work stations and the alerting system is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2.


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