Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Des Plaines fire and police departments responded to a crash at Miner and Lee streets after 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, Fire Chief Alan Wax said.
One person was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge following a crash involving one vehicle that rolled onto its side at Miner and Lee streets after 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax said. Des Plaines police and fire departments responded to the scene. Wax said there were three additional injured people that were not transported to the hospital. Wax said firefighters extricated one person from the rolled-over vehicle. “I do not know the patient’s condition, but the paramedics indicated that the injuries were not life-threatening,” Wax said. Find Patch on Facebook and click the like button.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Family, friends remember woman killed in late night blaze, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
While fire investigators have not determined a cause for the fire that erupted at a Des Plaines residence on the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue a little after midnight on Oct. 8, family remembered the woman, Sandra Lupy, 48, whose life the incident claimed for her love of laughter, fun and community, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Monday, October 8, 2012
The structure was engulfed in flames when the Des Plaines Fire Department arrived on the scene, according to Fire Chief Alan Wax.
Des Plaines Police and Fire departments responded to a house fire report in the 1000 block of Irwin Avenue shortly after midnight on Oct. 8, according to statements made by the departments on Monday. The homeowner, later identified at Ronald Kauke, called 9-1-1 after discovering the fire, Fire Chief Alan Wax stated in an email to Patch, and, after an unsuccessful attempt to get to his adult daughter, exited the house. Kauke and a police officer who also entered the house to try and get to the woman inside were evaluated by paramedics on the scene for smoke inhalation, Wax said, and released at the scene. The woman, later identifed as Sandra Lupy, 48, was found deceased in bed in a bedroom on the lower level of the house, and was taken to …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Fire Chief: A “significant” fire was extinguished at Mugavero’s Pizza & Ribs on Central Road Wednesday morning. The fire started in the kitchen, according to investigators.
Udated at 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 3: The fire at Mugavero’s Pizza & Ribs in Des Plaines started in the kitchen, according to fire investigators. Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax stated in an email to Patch that the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s investigators and the insurance company’s investigators are working on determining the ignition source. Published at 10:31 a.m. on Oct. 3: Des Plaines firefighters extinguished a fire at Mugavero’s Pizza & Ribs, also known as Mug’s Pizza, 600 E. Central Road, early Wednesday, according to a report from Fire Chief Alan Wax. There were no injuries reported in a blaze that caused extensive damage to the restaurant, as well as smoke damage to other businesses in the strip mall, Wax stated. The fire …
Monday, October 1, 2012
No injuries, no foul play suspected, estimated loss $17,500, according to the Des Plaines Fire Department.
A detached garage in a residential area on the 70 block of S. Cumberland Parkway was filled with fire and smoke when Des Plaines firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:38 p.m. on Sept. 30, Fire Chief Alan Wax said. No injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of the fire department’s arrival, Wax said. Fire investigators are still reviewing the incident. Wax said they have an idea about where the fire originated and they are working on determining the cause. “All indications are that this was an accidental fire,” Wax said. Wax said investigators looked at the building last night and on Monday, and are looking at the structure. He said the cause might have been electrical, but the investigation is not complete. …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
New technology may replace radios in several years, according to the fire chief.
City council approved the purchase of radio amplifiers so emergency personnel can communicate in Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road, and other large buildings in Des Plaines at a meeting on Tuesday. Des Plaines fire and police personnel discovered they had difficulty communicating in the state’s newest casino when it opened in July 2011. Fire Chief Alan Wax said at a public safety meeting in July that the radio amplifiers would be a good solution for now, as opposed to purchasing new radios, because the technology first responders use to communicate may completely change in the near-future. Des Plaines police and fire personnel responded to 1,699 calls at Rivers Casino during its first year in operation. Earlier: A Chicago man was arrested …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Traffic backed up for an hour near Golf, River and Rand roads on Wednesday.
Traffic backed up near Golf and River roads on Wednesday evening and Des Plaines fire and police departments responded to a report of a man with an ankle injury. While the paramedics and firefighters were rescuing the man, a beehive was disturbed and a swarm of bees stung the patient and paramedics, Fire Chief Alan Wax stated in an email to Patch. The fire department was dispatched to the bank of the Des Plaines River under Golf Road for a report of a person with an ankle injury at 5:54 p.m. on July 25, Wax stated. The man had a serious leg injury, and had to be lifted to the roadway, approximately 20 feet. “To add further challenge to the rescue, while moving-around the rocks adjacent to the victim, a beehive must have been disturbed …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Casino is in the process of training and hiring EMTs.
Some Rivers Casino patrons that need medical attention at the gaming venue may be treated by healthcare providers employed at the casino later this year. The casino’s plans to train and hire emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, will reduce the number of calls the fire department responds to, Fire Chief Alan Wax told public safety committee members at a meeting on July 11. In an update on public safety calls made to Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road since opening, Wax said the fire department responded 232 times from July 15, 2011, to June 30, 2012. He said they estimate approximately 35 to 37 percent of those calls, some of which required basic life support, would not have required the fire department to respond if the casino had EMTs …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
10-year-old receives an award for his actions that saved him and family members in December house fire.
Benjy Banuelos, a 10-year-old who attends Plainfield Elementary School, was recognized Monday night for his lifesaving actions during a December house fire. He was at a family gathering in the home's basement when leaking gasoline caused a flash fire. Banuelos’ pants caught fire as he escaped. He did a stop-drop-and-roll to extinguish the fire and then yelled for his other family members to get out of the home. Banuelos then called 911, which is believed to be the first call received from the scene. Additionally, five Des Plaines fire department employees were recognized Monday night with the lifesaving award, which the city awards to personnel for their prompt response and lifesaving decisions.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The structure was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on the scene.
The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a structure fire report in the 200 block of Grove Avenue, west of Big Bend Lake, at 3:03 a.m. on Thursday. According to the report, a two-story single family home on Woodland Avenue was discovered fully engulfed in flames. When firefighters arrived, neighbors said nobody was living in the house, said Chief Alan Wax. The structure is a total loss, with very preliminary estimates of loss placed at $425,000. One firefighter received minor injuries and was transported to Lutheran General Hospital, evaluated, and released. Earlier: Young soldier escaped from Joseph Kony. Cause of the fire, which took more than an hour to put out, is still under investigation. The instability of the structure due to …