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Working fire in Chicago, 1-23-21

This from Eric Haak:

At 3:15 Saturday morning (1/23), companies in Chicago’s 14th Battalion were dispatched to 2213 West Cermak for the reported fire. Engine Company 23 landed a minute later and confirmed a working fire in the rear porches of a 30×70, three-story, ordinary, occupied apartment building. Companies worked for almost 20 minutes to contain the blaze but fire extension into the basement, first, and second floors forced a defensive attack at around 3:35. There was also fire extension into the adjoining “D” side exposure building that was quickly brought under control. Engine 109 worked their deck gun in sector “C” while Squad 1’s Snorkel was set up. Eventually, the fire was put out with several hand lines and master streams from the Snorkel and Tower Ladder 5. Companies worked for over four hours as the thermometer hovered around 10 degrees throughout the duration of the incident.

Chicago Firefighters battle a fire at night

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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A fourth person has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of retired Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Dwain Williams during an attempted carjacking on Dec. 3rd . The veteran firefighter sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jaylen Saulsberry, 19, of Chicago Heights, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and on three warrants.  He was placed into custody at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday night after being extradited from Pennsylvania.

A 20-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have also been charged in the shooting.

As seen in surveillance video, the suspects jumped back in the vehicle they arrived in as a fourth individual drove the car away.

Police said that it was the past crimes of an alleged carjacking crew around the Chicago area that helped lead to the first arrest.

More can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 1-21-20

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Chicago firefighters responded about 9:15 a.m.Thursday to a blaze that engulfed a two-story home in the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue. The fire was extinguished within 20 minute. A rear portion of the home collapsed while firefighters worked to extinguish flames.

Crews found a woman, dead in the home’s attic, and later uncovered a man dead on the second floor. Their names and autopsy results haven’t been released by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A man who survived the fire jumped from a second-story window and went to Stroger Hospital. He was in good condition with a leg injury.

Investigators had not determined a cause yet, but were looking into the fact that gas had been shut off to the building, and that the home may have been using electric heaters.  The home had no working smoke detectors.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-6-21

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A 6-year-old boy died in a fire Wednesday night in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood. A neighbor noticed the blaze in the Far South Side row house in the 13000 block of South Evans Avenue about 9:45 p.m. and rescued four children before firefighters arrived. But the neighbor was unable to enter the second-floor bedroom where the fire started.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and searched the room’s top bunkbed, where they found the 6-year-old unresponsive. The 6-year-old was rushed from the home  to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The fire appeared to begin in the bunkbed where the child was found. But it’s still unclear what caused the fire.

The boy’s four siblings — ages 1, 4, 5, and 13 — were uninjured, according to police, who said the children were left home without adults. The house had working smoke detectors.

State welfare officials are investigating the child’s death.  They had prior contact with the boy’s family.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-5-21

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Corina Nieves, 44, and her two pets died in a fire Tuesday morning that broke out about 9:35 a.m. in her third-floor apartment at 4443 N. Lawndale Ave. Someone outside the building saw smoke coming from her bedroom window and called 911.

Firefighters put out the fire and found the woman unresponsive in her bed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her cat and dog were found dead under her bed.

The fire was contained to her apartment.

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-3-21 (more)

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Four people are hospitalized following a fire that broke out around 7:30 a.m. at a home in the 5500 block of South Shields Avenue Sunday morning.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the structure. Everyone inside made it out, but the fire also spread to a building next door.

All four of the people taken to the hospital are expected to recover. Nine other people were looking for a place to stay late Sunday.

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of retired Chicago Fire Lt. Dwain Williams earlier last month.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown tweeted Friday that an individual was arrested on a separate warrant in Pennsylvania by the FBI and is currently being held on a $2 million murder warrant. Chicago police are seeking his extradition to the city.

Devin Barron, 20, of Lynwood was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful use of a weapon on a person with a loaded firearm, both felonies, as well as one misdemeanor charge of possession of cannabis more than 10-30 grams, one count of being a fugitive from justice with an out of state warrant, and two counts of issuance of warrant earlier this week in connection with Williams’ death. Barron was taken into custody by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force Saturday morning around 10 a.m. in Lansing, Ill. He was due in bond court in Chicago Monday.

Dwain Johnson, 18, and a 15-year-old boy who has not been identified by name have also been charged in the shooting.

Family, friends and a community said a final goodbye to Lt. Dwain Williams last weekend.

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Crash with entrapment in Chicago, 1-3-21

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Chicago Fire Department pin in at Lake and California

Firefighters use hydraulic tools to cut car

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-3-21

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Chicago Fire Department Still and Box Alarm and EMS Plan 1 at 5545 S. Shields Avenue

winter house fire in Chicago

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Working fire in Chicago, 12-30-20

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I took a ride to a fire in the 14th Battalion @ 2934 w 25th street. Companies landed with a 3-sty lightweight, with fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Companies made a push but were pulled out and went defensive for a few minutes. Engines 109, 23, and 107 were all lead out and had lines working. I arrived about 15 minutes into the alarm. 
E-ONE tower ladder at Chicago fire scene

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