Archive for December 15th, 2016

Three killed in crash in Posen, 12-15-16

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Three female passengers were killed and two people were injured early Thursday in a crash in south suburban Posen, according police chief Doug Hoglund.

Hoglund believes speed and alcohol contributed to the crash, which happened about 3 a.m. in the 14300 block of Harrison Avenue. The dead and injured were all in one car that crashed into several parked cars on the residential block. The parked cars sustained extensive damage. Harrison Avenue is a residential block with a speed limit of 20 mph.

All of the occupants in the car except the driver were ejected. A female passenger was in critical condition at a hospital and the male driver also was hospitalized, but Hoglund did not know his condition.

“We’re still trying to identify the people in the car,” the chief said about 10 a.m. “We haven’t contacted any family.”

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5-11 Club news

From: Alan Wax
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2016 7:36 PM
Subject: 5-11 Club Needs New Canteen

I have been asked to forward a request from the 5-11 Club, who provides canteen and rehab services to the members of the Chicago Fire Department and other area departments.

If anyone knows of an available old ambulance or box truck, the 5-11 Club desperately needs to replace one of its canteen units – it is in dire shape.  If you know of a unit that might be available to be donated, please contact Gary Altwasser at 773-965-5599.

Information on the 5-11 Club is viewable at

Thank you,

Alan Wax

Fire Chief

Des Plaines Fire Department


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Chicago Fire Department news

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A mother and her six children were rescued from a Bronzeville neighborhood apartment building after it went up in flames early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the 3-story apartment complex in the 4500 block of South Drexel just after 1 a.m. to find a fire that had engulfed an apartment on the building’s first floor. Crews were forced to use an axe to enter the burning home as intense flames shot out of the apartment’s windows.

A mother and her six children were inside when the fire started, according to police, before being rescued by two men who live in a building across the alley and say they saw the flames and heard screams.

The men rushed to the scene and were able to get the family of seven out of the apartment in time, authorities said. One of the men suffered burns to his chest and was treated at the scene.

The mother and her children were not injured, but two residents from another unit were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters said the cold weather conditions, with wind chill readings dipping into the single digits, may have made the battling the blaze even more challenging, as crew encountered at least one frozen hydrant.


Chicago FD LODD Firefighter Daniel Capuano, 12-14-15 (more)

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A year to the day after Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano died, the warehouse where he suffered a fatal fall during a smoky fire is being demolished.

The razing of the property at 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. is scheduled to begin Wednesday with the deconstruction of the building’s roof, Chicago Department of Buildings spokeswoman Mimi Simon said. The move comes following a year of hearings regarding the Southeast Side property, including several held in the weeks after Capuano’s death.

The city moved to have the warehouse knocked down because of an array of code and building violations, including an open elevator shaft where Capuano, 43, fell during the Dec. 14, 2015, fire.

Demolition of the brick warehouse was delayed, Simon said, because of “design and structural challenges” related to the building’s location near railroad tracks and because it shares a wall with another building. Railroad tracks used by Metra Electric trains are located immediately to the east. The 93rd Street station is next door.

The Chicago Fire Department held a memorial bell-ringing ceremony Wednesday morning at Capuano’s firehouse, Engine Co. 72 on South Chicago Avenue, deputy district Chief Jeff Lyle said. Capuano was a part of Tower Ladder 34. The memorial was held during morning roll call. Bernard Farmer, a battalion chief who died Dec. 14, 1954, in a building collapse at 224 W. Illinois St. also was honored.

thanks Dan

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