Archive for November 6th, 2013

3 dead after Arlington Heights house fire 11-6-13

Several news outlets have stories about this morning’s house fire in Arlington Heights that claimed three lives.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Three adults died when a fire broke out in a home in Arlington Heights overnight, according to authorities.

Emergency crews were called to the two-story brick house in the 300 block of South Dunton Avenue around 3:20 a.m., Police Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said. The call was prompted by a police sergeant who smelled smoke while driving in the area.

Police had been in the area, but by the time firefighters arrived, the fire had spread through the single-family home, Ericksen said. There were no smoke detectors sounding when responders arrived, though the fire department said it wasn’t clear if smoke alarms were present.

As crews were arriving, part of the building collapsed. “It collapsed right when we arrived, a portion of the rear on the second floor,” Ericksen said.

Responding firefighters found a female victim in a downstairs bedroom who they removed from the burning house through a window. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the fire officials said. Two other victims were located inside and were also pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Arlington Heights fire and police departments were on the scene, a standard response for fatal fires, Hernandez said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office was sending an investigator to the scene.

It’s still unknown where or how the fire started, but the most extensive damage is to the back of the three-bedroom house. One corner of the second floor has collapsed, said Arlington Heights Police Capt. Richard Niedrich. “Right now, there is nothing pointing to us that it’s obviously suspicious, that shows it’s suspicious,” Hernandez said. “It’s a death investigation until we know more, until we know the origin of the fire, the cause.”

From the Daily Herald:

Investigators are still on the scene of a house fire in Arlington Heights that killed three people overnight including the elderly woman who owned the home.

Arlington Heights Fire Chief Glenn Ericksen said the victims were all found on the first floor of the two-story Cape Cod home on the 300 block of South Dunton Avenue.

When firefighters arrived at 3:20 a.m., fire had engulfed the home and parts of the second floor had collapsed onto the first floor.

They removed an unconscious female victim through a downstairs bedroom window, who was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. When firefighters were able to enter the home, they found two other victims near the front door, who were also pronounced dead at the scene. One of the victims was buried in rubble from the collapsed second floor, according to a police source.

The fire was discovered by a police sergeant on patrol who smelled smoke around 3:15 a.m. near the police station at Arlington Heights Road and Sigwalt Street and sent officers looking for the source.

No smoke detectors were sounding when they arrived to see fire and heavy smoke coming from the home. It is unknown at this time if any smoke detectors were present within the house, police said.

It appears that the fire started in a back bedroom, police Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Ericksen said investigators have no reason at this time to believe the fire is suspicious.

“It’s very sad,” Ericksen said “We’ll do the best job we can do determine why this happened.”

Officials have not yet been able to identify one of the victims, so they are withholding all three names for now, Hernandez said.

Autopsies will be performed on Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Frank Soprano, who runs an Arlington Heights accounting and tax firm, said Wednesday afternoon the homeowner was one of the three victims.

Soprano, who had been handling the woman’s finances, described her as an elderly lady who lived there for many years.

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Ford recalls F-Series ambulance chassis

Multiple media outlets have reported on a Ford recall for ambulance chassis:

Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly.

The F-350, F-450 and F-550 “Super Duty” ambulances have 6.7-Liter diesel engines. They’re from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

Ford says a faulty exhaust gas temperature sensor can cause the engines to stop and not be restarted for at least an hour. The company says it has no reports of the problem affecting patient care.  Most of the ambulances were sold in the U.S., with some in Canada and other countries.

Dealers will replace the sensor.

Ford says the problem could occur on non-ambulance versions of the same trucks, but the company isn’t recalling them. Drivers will get a warning and enough time to safely pull off the road before the engine shuts down.

thanks Chris


Berwyn Box Alarm fire 11-6-13

9AM – Berwyn and mutual-aid companies are on the scene of a fire in the Burger King restaurant at 3441 S. Harlem Avenue.

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here are some of my pictures from Berwyn this morning.
Box Alarm @ 35th and Harlem, Burger King
Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Berwyn firefighters battle Burger King restaurant fire

Josh Boyajian photo

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Barrington Countryside FPD updates

The Daily Herald has an article updating changes to the Barrington Countryside FPD.

Less than two months before they’ll be operating independently, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees Monday [added an] automatic-aid agreement … with the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District to ones they approved two weeks ago with the fire departments of Lake Zurich and Long Grove.

Still being pursued are auto-aid agreements with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, East Dundee, Palatine, Carpentersville and the village of Barrington. The 48-square-mile Barrington Countryside district will stop receiving service from the Barrington Fire Department by contract on Jan. 1.

Despite a request from Inverness Village President Jack Tatooles, Barrington Countryside is no longer pursuing an auto-aid agreement with the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District to provide first response to the west side of Inverness. Barrington Countryside board President Tom Rowan said three offers for a deal were rejected by Palatine Rural, which is seeking only a significant portion of property taxes in exchange for service to that area.

Earlier Monday, Palatine Rural board President Glen Grosch said he still expected a further meeting with Barrington Countryside to discuss the possibility of a deal.

Barrington Countryside trustees Monday did authorize Fire Chief Jeff Swanson to hire three part-time assistant chiefs from private contractor Paramedic Services of Illinois, to work a combined total of no more than 48 hours a week. Swanson said these assistant chiefs, who will work full-time jobs elsewhere, will provide the next level of management in the department below himself.

Though a full-time deputy chief position is being created on paper, it will be left deliberately vacant to see if the department can get by without it, Swanson said.

thanks Dan

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