Friday, April 5, 2013
The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a chemical fire at Abbott Molecular on Thursday.
No injuries were reported following a chemical fire that ignited at a laboratory in Des Plaines on Thursday. The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Abbott Molecular, 1300 E. Touhy Ave., at 12:23 p.m. on April 4, stated Fire Chief Alan Wax. Firefighters located a fire in one of the laboratories in the east section of the building, Wax stated, and put it out with fire extinguishers about a half-hour after arriving on the scene. While a technician was working with chemicals, the fumes were ignited, but the source of the ignition remained under investigation, Wax stated. After the fumes ignited, nearby combustibles caught fire, Wax stated. The technician left the lab as the fire grew, and it activated the automatic …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Local fire departments assisted Des Plaines firefighters as they extinguished an attic fire in a residence and a machine fire at a business, stated Fire Chief Alan Wax.
Des Plaines firefighters responded to two calls at the same time on Saturday night, stated Fire Chief Alan Wax, which led to a number of area fire departments assiting. The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a paper manufacturer on the 100 block of East Oakton Street, Wax stated, and a short time later responded to a report of a fire at a residence on the 1600 block of Howard Street at 5:25 p.m. on Feb. 23. The fire at the residence on Howard began in the attic, Wax stated, and was caused by a short circuit. There were no injuries reported, Wax stated, and the residents in the unit that caught fire and the adjoining unit were displaced. The preliminary loss for both units was estimated at $43,000. The fire at the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The $25K in estimated damage could have been much greater if overhead sprinklers were not installed in the building 15 years ago, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax stated.
A fire that erupted at a Des Plaines electrical contracting company early Saturday morning could have caused more extensive damage, had overhead sprinklers not contained the blaze until firefighters arrived on the scene, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax stated. “It is very evident that, without the sprinklers, by the time the Fire Department would have been notified, the fire would have advanced deeply into the open wooden truss ceiling, and the building likely would have been a total loss,” Wax stated. “Instead, one business has some cleaning-up to do, two others have some smoke odor to air out, and they will all be back in business quickly.” The Des Plaines Fire Department received the call about the fire at 216 Graceland Avenue at 12:01 …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
A fire that began in an attached garage caused an estimated $120,000 in damage to a Des Plaines residence Saturday morning, according to the Des Plaines Fire Department.
A fire that erupted in a garage attached to a house early Saturday morning displaced the two Des Plaines residents who live there. The two occupants and their family cat, which was rescued by firefighters from the basement of the house, received housing assistance from the city’s emergency management agency, according to a report from the Des Plaines Fire Department, because the house was uninhabitable following the fire. The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to the fire report at 256 Kathleen Drive at 2:02 a.m. on Dec. 8, according to the report, arrived on the scene at 2:07 a.m. and the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes of their arrival on the scene. The fire began in the garage and progressed into the attic and the main part …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a fire report at a Des Plaines residence early Saturday morning, the Daily Herald reported.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a house fire in Des Plaines early Saturday morning, the Daily Herald reported. There were no fatalities and a cat was rescued. 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, April 11, 2012
Flames erupted in front of an empty storefront in downtown Des Plaines on Monday.
When Ryan Hammons, 32, of Arlington Heights, arrived at work shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, he found a small fire producing a cloud of smoke in front of an empty storefront near the restaurant where he works in Metropolitan Square. Hammons’ manager asked that the name of the national chain not be included in the story due to corporate policy. Hammons, an associate trainer at the Des Plaines restaurant, said while he had been trained how to put out fires in previous positions, this was the first fire he tried to extinguish. “I looked over and saw [the fire], and ran into [the restaurant] to get an extinguisher,” Hammons said. Earlier: House fire a total loss, firefighter goes to hospital with minor injury. The first extinguisher Hammons …
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 …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Unrelated fires at two Des Plaines businesses were extinguished on Monday.
The Des Plaines Fire Department responded to a pair of unrelated fires at Des Plaines businesses Monday. Firefighters were dispatched to a grease fire at Stadium Sports Club & Pizza, 769 Holiday Lane at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 2. In an email to Patch, Fire Chief Alan Wax wrote that an extinguishing system was activated, and limited the blaze, but didn’t contain it, as it spread into overhead ducts and the ceiling. The fire was extinguished within five minutes after crews arrived, and there were no injuries, Wax wrote. The cause was cooking grease in deep fryers igniting, and the preliminary estimate on loss was $4,500. Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Township fire departments assisted with personnel and equipment. Earlier: Baby Jesus stolen from …