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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from Fox59.com:

The Waukegan Fire Department is urging people to not keep hand sanitizer in their cars due to the risk of fire after firefighters responded to a car fire Thursday afternoon. A preliminary investigation revealed the fire appeared to be caused by a small bottle of hand sanitizer that was left on the dashboard.

“The owner had been refilling with 80% alcohol sanitizer that was supplied by their employer. It appears sunlight shining through the windshield onto the sanitizer was enough to cause ignition,” the fire department said on Facebook.

By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was out. They said the owner sprayed some water through a hole in the windshield but it likely was extinguished due to lack of oxygen.

“The Waukegan Fire Department is aware of other incidents similar to this happening as more and more people are using a higher alcohol concentration hand sanitizer due to our current pandemic,” the department said. “As the heat of summer is near we STRONGLY recommend that hand sanitizers not be kept in cars.”

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New truck for Waukegan (more)

updated photos of the 95′ Seagrave Aerialscope on a Marauder chassis for Waukegan that appears to be completed

Seagrave Aerialscope 95 for Waukegan FD

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Seagrave Aerialscope 95 for Waukegan FD

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Commercial fire in Waukegan, 6-15-20

Excerpts from the Waukegan FD Facebook page:

This afternoon around 3pm the Waukegan Fire Department responded to a working structure fire in a large strip mall in the 2300 block of Grand Ave. First arriving units found smoke and fire showing from the roof line of this 15 unit strip mall with a large attached medical building.

Chief Bridges would like to express how proud he is and hopes that everyone else should be as well with the firefighters that extinguished this rapidly advancing fire and safely mitigated a potentially disastrous outcome! The Waukegan spirit of teamwork was shining through the many community members who acted quickly to move vehicles that were impeding access to strip mall. The aggressive tactics deployed by firefighters prevented the fire from destroying both the medical building and adjacent businesses, over half of which reopened their doors within two hours. While there was some damage, much more extensive damage was prevented. We are pleased to share that there were no injuries.

Thank you to our neighboring fire departments who assisted and the Waukegan Police Department that handled traffic control and scene safety during the rush hour.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Lenzi is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Waukegan firefighters battle commercial building fire

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Waukegan firefighters were called too 2323 Grand Avenue this afternoon after roofers apparently ignited a fire that caused heavy damage to the roof, facia, and stores below. The fire was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm with a North Chicago engine and Gurnee truck to the scene plus multiple towns providing station coverage. The fire was extinguished in about 40 minutes.

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New engine for Waukegan (more)

Waukegan’s new Seagrave engine is in quarters getting ready to be put into service

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New ARFF for Waukegan

Drawing of the Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 for the Waukegan Airport

Rosenbauer AARFF for the Waukegan FD

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New engine for Waukegan

Here are some photos of Waukegan’s Seagrave engine during the final inspection. The engine was due to be delivered in Waukegan yesterday, 11/14. Specs for Engine 5: Marauder cab, Cummins L9 motor, 750-gallon tank, 1500-GPM pump.

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New truck for Waukegan

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Waukegan Fire Department news

The Waukegan Fire Department currently has three new units on order. They are expecting a Seagrave Marauder engine any day now. Seagrave is also building an Aerialscope for them and Rosenbauer is building an ARFF for the Waukegan Airport.

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Waukegan Fire Department news

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Waukegan firefighters rescued 15 people from Lake Michigan Saturday in two separate incidents that occurred at the same time. The fire department received reports that 14 people had fallen off their boat and into the water about 6:30 p.m. As firefighters were arriving to that incident, someone in a private vessel rode up and told them that a man had fallen off a nearby jet ski and gone under the water.

The crews pulled a man out from under the water after an unknown amount of time. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

After the jet skier was recovered, the firefighters focused on assisting the U.S. Coast Guard with removing the other 14 people, none of which were injured and the situation was concluded about 9:30 p.m.

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Fatal explosion and fire in Waukegan, 5-3-19 (more)

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Investigators haven’t been able to determine what caused an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan that killed four workers in May.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lanzi is confident investigators located the point of origin for the explosion and are ruling out intentional causes. He says the investigation was hampered because the workers who might have known what happened were killed in the blast that destroyed the factory.

He said that federal agencies and insurance company investigators are continuing separate reviews.

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