Archive for April 15th, 2015

2-Alarm fire in Lake in the Hills, 4-14-15

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One person was injured and more than a dozen were displaced in a fire that broke out late Tuesday night at an apartment building in Lake in the Hills, fire officials said.

Algonquin-Lake in the HIlls Fire Protection District Chief Patrick Mullen said a call came in at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday from a passerby of a three-story apartment building on fire at 1363 Cunat Court.

[Firemen] initially arrived on scene to find the second and third floor balconies fully engulfed and started evacuation of the building, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Peter VanDorpe said. “The building has sprinklers, without [them] it would have been much, much worse.”

A man had to be rescued from the balcony of the burning building and was transported to Sherman Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire was declared under control about 1:10 a.m. … and …it appeared the bulk of the damage was on the outside of the building … 18 apartments were damaged.

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Downers Grove firefighters receive surprise

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What would you do if your favorite Chicago Blackhawks player showed up at your doorstep with dinner?

For the guys at the Downers Grove firehouse, they did what they do best and kept their cool despite being massive Blackhawks fans.

The team has made it a trend to surprise their biggest fans in unexpected ways, and in their latest video from the “What’s Your Goal” series they answer the call of Courtney O’Leary – whose goal was to have a Blackhawks player deliver dinner to her husband and his fellow firefighters.

“He is a wonderful husband and an amazing dad and he loves his job as a firefighter/paramedic and he absolutely loves the Blackhawks,” Courtney said of her husband Patrick O’Leary. “It’s my hope that he can be surprised in a really awesome way because no one on this planet deserves it more than he does.”

thanks Asher

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Prescribed burn causes damage to Crystal Lake homes

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The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department reported that 11 residences along Wheatland Drive sustained melted siding due to … radiant heat from a [prescribed burn] for land management purposes. Prescribed fires are often set in prairies, wetlands and other natural areas to burn off invasive plants and allow ecological regeneration.

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Olsen confirmed that the company that conducted the burn was McGinty Bros. Inc., based in Long Grove, and that the company had been contracted by the homeowners association of the Harvest Run subdivision, where the damaged homes are located.

Olsen said McGinty had the proper permits issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to do the work [and that] … it is common this time of year to see prescribed burns. Rarely do they get out of control and require assistance from the fire department to put out, he said. The fire department said it prevented further damage to nearby homes while putting out the fire. No injuries were reported.

[local resident] Rick Dowell, said he watched the fire being started in the wetlands near his property at about noon. After a short while, however, he said the flames shot higher than his barn and the workers in the wetlands appeared to become flustered. “I saw the workers running to put it out, they seemed a little panicked.


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