Archive for December 24th, 2012

Chicago 2-11 Alarm Fire 12-23-12

Tim Olk submitted some images from the 2-11 Alarm fire Friday night at 69th and Clyde in Chicago.

heavy fire blows out from building

Firefighters in the alley as heavy fire vents from the top floor of the building. Tim Olk photo

2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 12-23-12

Fire was concentrated in the rear of the three-story building. Tim Olk photo

apartment building on fire in Chicago at night

Another image showing heavy fire at the 2-11 Alarm fire 12-23-12 at 69th & Clyde in Chicago. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department engine working at fire scene

Engine 126 working at the scene. Tim Olk photo

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The front courtyard area of the building. TIm Olk photo

firefighters working at fire scene in Chicago

Firefighters work to put another line into operation in the alley Tim Olk photo






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Firefighters shot in Webster NY – 2 dead

Although out of our area … there is disturbing news this morning from Webster, NY:

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ABC News reports:

Two firefighters were shot and killed and two others taken to a nearby hospital after a gunman opened fire on them as they responded to a house fire in Webster, N.Y., this morning, according to authorities and local media.

Officials at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., told that two men were taken there this morning and were in “guarded condition” after suffering gunshots.

The NY Daily News has photos from the scene:

Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes, Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn told reporters.

The sherrif’s office said fire crews were beginning to tackle the fire again before 10 a.m.

It wasn’t known what caused the initial inferno or if anyone was hurt inside the affected homes.

Webster resident Michael Damico told the Democrat and Chronicle that a SWAT team had responded to the area and evacuated parts of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred.

“Some people on this bus already watched their houses burn,” Damico said. “They’re not happy.”

More from with a video interview and video of the fire:

Houses burn in Webster, NY after four firefighters were shot, two of which died.

Houses burn in Webster, NY after four firefighters were shot, two of which died. photo

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Charges filed after fire claims 2 children 12-22-12

The Chicago Tribune has an article which outlines charges being filed against two women for child endangerment after a fire claims the lives of two young children:

Two women are facing child endangerment charges following the death of two children during a fire early Saturday in their West Englewood neigborhood home.

Tatiana Meakens, 23, and Britany Meakens, 22, both of the 6400 block of South Paulina Avenue, were both charged with two felony counts each of endangering a child causing their death and two misdemeanor counts each of endangering the life and health of a child, according to a statement from police News Affairs. They are expected to appear in court Monday on the charges.

Police said Tatiana Meakens is the mother of the two children who perished in the blaze. Her boy was identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 2-year-old Javaris Meakens, and her 3-year-old daughter as Jariyah Meakens.

When the blaze broke out at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in their West Englewood home, Darnell, 7, and Marquis, 4, managed to run out a back door with the help of their aunt, they said.

Authorities said no adults were present to supervise the young children when the fire broke out.

The cause was also still under investigation, though officials said it appeared a hot plate, possibly being used to heat the room, fell onto some clothes, igniting the fire.

Firefighters arrived at the scene in the 6400 block of South Paulina Street to find flames shooting out of a bedroom and smoke throughout the first-floor apartment, said James Mungovan, the Deputy District Chief for District 5 with the Chicago Fire Department.

At first, firemen concentrated on getting water to the blaze, Mungovan said. Once the fire was extinguished, they learned the two children did not survive, he said.

“We got here in a timely matter. We got water on the fire and we made our searches which revealed two deceased people,” he said. “The fire had advanced to the stage where it was open free-burning.”

The entire article is HERE.

thanks Chris

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