Archive for September 17th, 2016

Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

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Hoffman Estates officials and the village’s firefighter’s union have reached agreement on a three-year extension of the current contract that will run from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

In addition to establishing periodic pay raises, the contract extension allows up to 15 firefighters to take early retirement with 15 months of paid health insurance or the cash equivalent between now and the end of 2020.

The established salary increases for members of the Hoffman Estates Professional Firefighter Association, Local 2061 are 1 percent on both Jan. 1 and July 1, 2018; 2 percent on Jan. 1, 2019; and 1 percent on both Jan. 1 and July 1, 2020.

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago kills four, 8-23-16 (more)

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The man who set a southside Chicago fire that killed three children and a man did so because he paid a woman $10 for sex that he didn’t receive, according to prosecutors.

Reginald Hester, 51, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson, accused of setting fire to a large apartment complex on Aug. 23. He was ordered held without bail Wednesday.

A 7-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl, a 3-month-old girl and a 56-year-old man died in the fire.

Around midnight on Aug. 23, Hester was walking down the street near the apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue when he offered a woman $10 for sex, said Cook County prosecutor Becky Walters. The woman agreed, and the two walked to her apartment in the building that was later set ablaze. She went inside her place to get condoms but never returned to Hester, Walters said.

Hester was left near a rear porch that held cardboard boxes, a couch, a grill and lighter fluid. He is accused of setting a fire near the rear porch and in an interior stairway of the apartment complex, Walters said.

A witness in the building smelled smoke, looked out her window and saw Hester walking away from the building in a red sweater. He was wearing the same clothes witnesses saw him in and smelled of smoke, she said.

With help from two witnesses, police picked up Hester in the 7600 block of South Shore Drive at 7:15 a.m. the day of the fire, but he was released pending further investigation.

Hester, who has has five prior felonies, was picked up by officers Monday in the first block of North Waller Avenue. During his second time in police custody, Hester admitted to detectives that he started the fire. He told officers he started the fire because “he was pissed and wanted to scare that b—-.”


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2-Alarm house fire in Long Grove 9-16-16 (more)

video from the 2-Alarm fire in Long Grove 9-16-16

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2-Alarm house fire in Long Grove 9-16-16

This from Larry Shapiro:

The Long Grove FPD was dispatched with mutual aid companies to the area of Old McHenry Road and Cuba Road Friday night (9/16/16) just after 9:30PM for a reported house fire. The location is just blocks from the fire station and the Long Grove units were in the area within minutes of the call. They found a vacant house in disrepair off of Shagbark Lane with heavy fire.

The Code 3 dispatch was quickly upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. Nine units were due on the initial dispatch including three tankers and another 12 units with five tenders were due on the Code 4 along with several chief officers.

Long Grove Squad 55 and Tanker 55 used 4,000 gallons of water which was quickly supplemented by another 3,200 gallons from the Wauconda tanker and 1,000 gallons from Lake Zurich Engine 4 as a water supply operation was implemented with a tanker shuttle.

Eventually a Box Alarm and then a 2nd Alarm for tenders only brought multiple additional resources to the scene.

vacant house engulfed in fire

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vacant house engulfed in fire

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vacant house engulfed in fire

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firefighter with hose line at huge house fire

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firefighters climb engine at major fire scene

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firemen pull hose at fire scene

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Long Grove FD Tanker 55 KME

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vacant house engulfed in fire

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portable dump tanks for water supply

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Grayslake FD tender dumps water at fire scene

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Elk Grove Township FD tender dumps water at fire scene

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