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Working fire in Winthrop Harbor, 9-23-20

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Beach Park, Newport, Zion, and Pleasant Prairie,WI  assisted Winthrop Harbor for a large garage fire at 207 Oakdale Ave. Zion 1811 was first in and found smoke with no visible flames from a metal pole barn garage. Crews found fire in the rafters, but had some difficulty gaining entry due to heavy storage inside the garage. Command ungraded to the Working Still, bringing Great Lakes, and Gurnee to the scene.
Jeff Rudolph
collect signs on barn

Jeff Rudolph photo

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A Sunday morning fire caused extensive smoke and heat damage to Pinsters Bowl in Zion, but apparently burned out before firefighters responded, Winthrop Harbor Deputy Chief Bill Beetschen said.

The fire spread throughout the first floor of the bowling alley at 1646 Sheridan Road, but appeared to run out of flammable material and stop burning even though the business was not equipped with sprinklers. Employees discovered the fire after arriving shortly before 10 a.m. to open the bowling alley for business.

Firefighters received the call at 9:49 a.m. and arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and excessive heat coming from the building. Within an hour, firefighters determined the fire was extinguished, but by then it had spread throughout the first floor and caused heavy charring.

 The exact cause of the blaze was not yet known Sunday.

Firefighters assisted from Zion, Newport Township, Beach Park, Waukegan, Gurnee, and Pleasant Prairie, WI.

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Kenneth Kauppi, a former Winthrop Harbor firefighter pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted first-degree murder for allegedly setting a house fire this summer when he knew the residence was occupied by his aunt. He is being held in the County Jail with his bail set at $1 million.

The charges are related to Kauppi allegedly setting fire to the home of his 70-year-old aunt in Winthrop Harbor, and that according to grand jury indictments, he knew she was in the home at the time.

Kauppi also entered not guilty pleas to aggravated arson and arson related to the June 3 fire.

According to police reports, the woman was treated for mild to serious burns.

The judge set a trial date of Oct. 16 for Kauppi and scheduled a case management hearing for Sept. 15.

Prosecutors submitted 192 pages of discovery in the case, as well as DVDs that may be used as evidence, to Briscoe during the arraignment hearing Thursday.

In announcing his arrest, Winthrop Harbor police said Kauppi confessed to intentionally starting the fire.

On Feb. 27, Kauppi was terminated from his position at the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department by Chief Justin Stried after police accused Kauppi in December of forging checks. His aunt refused to pursue charges against him at that time.

According to police, the aunt was arrested prior to the June 3 fire in an arson at a residence in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., but those charges were dropped June 8 after Kauppi admitted to that fire as well.

thanks Dan

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Winthrop Harbor Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A former Winthrop Harbor firefighter was being held on $1 million bail Thursday on charges of aggravated arson and attempted murder of his 70-year-old aunt, whom he is accused of attempting to frame for arson fires in Winthrop Harbor and Pleasant Prairie.

Keith Kauppi, 28, of Winthrop Harbor was taken into custody after authorities say he confessed to starting a December fire at the home of his aunt, Kathleen Kauppi and another on June 3 where the aunt suffered mild to serious burns.

According to police, Kathleen Kauppi was arrested this week for an arson fire in Pleasant Prairie after her nephew set her up, but those charges were dropped Thursday by prosecutors after the nephew admitted to that fire as well.

According to Joel Brumlik, chief of the Winthrop Harbor Police Department, the arson fires were an attempt by Keith Kauppi to hide the fact he was forging checks from his aunt’s bank account. On Feb. 27, Brumlik said, Kauppi was terminated from his position at the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department by Fire Chief Justin Stried after police accused Kauppi in December of forging checks. His aunt refused to pursue charges against him at that time.

Brumlik added that it is believed the arson incidents “were an attempt by Kauppi to conceal these thefts by killing his aunt.” 

Last week, police report, the aunt had gone to her brother’s house to stay, and then there was a fire there. According to the Pleasant Prairie Police complaint, Kathleen Kauppi, 70, was sleeping on a couch in the living room on Sunday night when Kauppi’s nephew and parents were awakened by a loud crash.

According to police, the nephew told investigators he ran downstairs to see the couch where his aunt was sleeping was on fire. He told police he threw water on the fire, extinguishing it, and then he and his father carried the couch, a burned blanket and some burned clothing outside. Police report the nephew said the living room smelled of gasoline.

The complaint states a police officer on the scene could smell gasoline on the couch, on a burned blanket and on scorched clothing found outside. According to the complaint, the aunt told a police officer that she “was sleeping on the couch when somehow it started on fire.” It states that she yelled at her relatives “she did not start the fire and would never speak to them again.”

Brumlik said the nephew started trying to forge is aunt’s checks again this week, and he was brought in for a several-hour interrogation where he eventually confessed.

After the confession, he accompanied an investigator from Winthrop Harbor to the scene, and he explained where he had placed the gasoline, said Sgt. Chris Willets of the Winthrop Harbor Police Department.

thanks Dan

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Chicagoareafire.com website update (more)

The following departments have been added to the new site.

  • Lake Forest
  • Knollwood
  • Lake Bluff
  • Newport Township
  • Long Grove
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods
  • Winthrop Harbor

There have been some updates of newer or current apparatus, but most likely they are not completely accurate. Any assistance would be appreciated with regards to missing photos and fact checking department specs etc.

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New ambulance for Winthrop Harbor

From the FosterCoach Sales Facebook page:

Brand new Ford F450 chassis on a stock Horton conversion

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741. Foster Coach Sales photo

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

Foster Coach Sales photo

Winthrop Harbor FD Ambulance 1741

Foster Coach Sales photo

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Winthrop Harbor 2-Alarm fire, 2-2-14

Images from Tim Olk of a 2nd Alarm fire at 23072 W Lakeshore Drive in Antioch. The home was near Russell Road in an area protected by the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department. (too many fires … wrong address listed … sorry)

firemen working at night time winter house fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

firemen working at night time winter house fire

Tim Olk photo

firemen at winter house fire at dusk

Tim Olk photo

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4th Alarm house fire in Wadsworth 4-30-13 (pt 4)

More from Scott Peterson:

Not an inclusive photo gallery but many of the apparatus at Newports 4th alarm.

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265

Beach Park FPD Tender 1265. Scott Peterson photo

Bristol, WI Tender 5214

Bristol, WI Tender 5214. Scott Peterson photo

Countryside FPD Tender 411

Countryside FPD Tender 411. Scott Peterson photo

Grayslake Tender 2761

Grayslake Tender 2761. Scott Peterson photo

Gurnee Engine 1311

Gurnee Engine 1311. Scott Peterson photo

Libertyville Engine 463

Libertyville Engine 463. Scott Peterson photo

fire engines at fire scene

Engine and tender from Newport Township. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Engine 1458

Newport Engine 1458. Scott Peterson photo

Newport Township FPD

Newport Tender 1411. Scott Peterson photo

North Chicago Engine 4

North Chicago Engine 4. Scott Peterson photo

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612.

Pleasant Prairie WI Tender 5612. Scott Peterson photo

Somers WI Tender 6361

Somers WI Tender 6361. Scott Peterson photo

Town of Salem Tender 5868

Town of Salem Tender 5868. Scott Peterson photo

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565

Twin Lakes WI Tender 6565. Scott Peterson photo

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731

Winthrop Harbor Truck 1731. Scott Peterson photo

Zion Fire Department

Zion truck. Scott Peterson photo

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Zion 3rd Alarm Fire and Haz Mat Box 6-17-12

The Zion Fire Department along with mutual aid companies responded to a fire early this morning at 1817 Kenosha Road. Upon arrival, they found a substantial fire behind the large manufacturing facility located at that address. Thick black smoke filled the air from many tightly packed cardboard bales and containers filled with plastic pellets.

Contributors Tim Olk, Jeff Rudolph, and Larry Shapiro all went to the scene. Tim has submitted several images from rather early in the fire. Images and video will follow from Jeff and Larry.

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12

Trucks from Zion and Winthrop Harbor use elevated master streams to cool the fire in the yard behind the facility at 1817 Kenosha Road on Sunday morning. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12 Winthrop Harbor Fire Department

Newport Township firefighters advance a line towards the cardboard pales that were burning. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12

Chief officers look on as companies utilize several streams to fight the fire. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12

A Zion firefighter descends the aerial ladder. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12 Antioch Fire Department

The Antioch Fire District tower ladder works from the south end of the complex. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12

The Zion truck deploys a master stream into the burning debris. Tim Olk photo

Zion Fire Department 3rd Alarm fire on Kenosha Road 6-17-12

A hand line is used as heavy fire consumes the tightly packed cardboard bales along with other goods that have also been bound. Tim Olk photo

Tim has more images HERE.

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Vacant house fire in Zion 5-21-12

Zion firefighters were assisted by Newport Township, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor this afternoon when they responded to a house fire at 2408 Ezra Avenue. The vacant house was well involved and has collapsed.

Tim Olk got to the scene right behind the first companies and submitted a few images from his phone.

 

House fire in Zion Ezra Avenue Zion Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

House fire in Zion Ezra Avenue Zion Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

House fire in Zion Ezra Avenue Zion Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

Tim has a gallery of images HERE.

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