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  • Families are homeless after a fire broke out at a DuPage County apartment complex Saturday night. The fire was at building 580 in the Willow Lakes complex, 2100 Lynn Road near Glen Ellyn.

    24 families displaced in DuPage County fireOct 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Twenty-four families were waiting to hear Saturday afternoon where they would be relocated after a fire destroyed an apartment building between Lombard and Glen Ellyn in unincorporated DuPage County. Residents were told by Willow Lake Apartments management they would be provided alternate housing, resident and College of DuPage student Brandon Solebo said Saturday afternoon, as he loaded his mother’s car with some of his belongings.

     
  • Minor injury in Barrington house fire Jan 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two adults and two children escaped a house fire on the 100 block of North Hager Avenue in Barrington Tuesday night with only one minor injury that was treated at the scene. Two family dogs also were rescued from the home's basement.

     
  •  Firefighters pour water on the remnants of a barn fire Tuesday afternoon at a Cook County Forest Preserve District watchman’s residence along Penny Road.

    Fire destroys vacant barn in Barrington areaJan 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    No injuries were reported during a barn fire Tuesday afternoon on a vacant resident watchman property in the Cook County Forest Preserve District on Penny Road west of Old Sutton Road between South Barrington and Barrington Hills. The approximately 30-foot by 90-foot barn was already fully involved by the time Barrington Hills police officers first arrived on the scene after the 12:20 p.m. call, said Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Fire Chief Jim Arie.

     
  • Barrington-area fire district to meet with neighbor agencies Oct 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Officials from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District are planning to meet with representatives of other nearby fire departments Thursday as they prepare for a possible split from the village of Barrington’s fire department at the end of 2013. The informal meeting is intended to pave the way for potential mutual-aid agreements with the independent fire district, which serves the area around Barrington’s corporate borders.

     
  • Barrington, fire district begin process that could end in split Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    An exchange of letters between the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and the village of Barrington has kicked off a 15-month period in which the two agencies must either negotiate a new intergovernmental agreement or go their separate ways. The mutual letters of intent to terminate the current long-running contract between the two governments stemmed from fire district officials' insistence that they need more control over staffing levels and the purchase of new equipment.

     
  • Fire destroys large Barrington Hills home Sep 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Firefighters Wednesday were continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that led to the total loss of an approximately 16,000-square-foot home in Barrington Hills between Monday night and midmorning Tuesday. The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District received the call of a possible structure fire at the 3½-story home in the 0-100 block of Otis Road at 9:35 p.m. Monday.

     
  • Open house at Barrington fire station Sept. 29 Sep 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    Residents of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District are invited to gain firsthand knowledge of firefighter equipment, tactics and training during an open house hosted by the Barrington Fire Department from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 29.

     
  •  Graduates from the 2011 Hoffman Estates Citizen Fire Academy.

    Applications being accepted for Hoffman Estates Citizen Fire Academy Aug 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    Does the thought of climbing a 100-foot ladder excite you? Would you like to use the "Jaws of Life" to cut through a car? Have you ever dreamed about leading a fi re company into a burning building? If so, then the Hoffman Estates Fire Department would like to invite you to its 12th annual Citizen Fire Academy.

     
  • Hank Clemmensen

    Palatine Rural fire chief testifies before Congressional subcommitteeJul 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    The job duties of local fire chiefs typically don't include trips to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congressional subcommittees, but that's exactly what Inverness-based Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Chief Hank Clemmensen has been up to. More trips are sure to come as his one-year term as president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs starts Saturday.

     
  • Leaking insecticide triggered Barrington-area hazmat callJul 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    Insecticide in a leaking, unmarked container was to blame for a hazardous materials response at a Barrington-area home that left one firefighter hospitalized Thursday morning. The pesticide later was identified as Malathion, commonly used to control mosquitoes and other types of insects, Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said.

     
  • Grayslake fire protection bans open burning due to dry conditions Jul 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Due to extreme temperatures and a lack of rain, the Grayslake Fire Protection District has joined other fire departments in Lake County to issue an outside burning ban. Greg Formica, the department's deputy chief said the lack of rain has caused a dramatic increase in fire risk throughout the district. Grass, landscape materials and wetland areas are extremely dry and can ignite and spread quickly, he added.

     
  • Fireworks, extreme drought cause of brush fire in Long Grove Jul 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    A brush fire in Long Grove that requred the response of more than 30 fire departments was caused by the use of illegal fireworks, according to a news release from the Long Grove Fire Protection District. About 18 acres of wetland burned, the release stated.

     
  • Fire departments from Cook, Lake and McHenry counties respond to a brush fire in Long Grove Wednesday afternoon. The fire was difficult to access as it spread north of Hicks Road near Middlesex Road.

    Long Grove officials probe cause of slough fire Jul 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Investigators have returned to the scene of a large slough fire that sparked Wednesday afternoon. Long Grove fire officials said the cause of the blaze that sparked north of Route 53, near Middlefax Drive, is still under investigation, but said clean up continues in the area.

     
  • Report: DuPage should aid fire district mergers May 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    A consulting firm hired by DuPage County is recommending that the county partner with fire protection districts to investigate options for consolidation. Those alternatives could include merging fire protection districts with neighboring municipalities or fire departments.

     
  • Residents escape Round Lake fire, home left uninhabitable Apr 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    A fire burned through the rear of a two-story home in Round Lake Sunday morning, leaving the house uninhabitable. Round Lake Fire Protection District Capt. Pat Walker said firefighters were called at about 7:15 a.m. to the 100 block of Wildflower Lane and found flames reaching to the second floor. No one was injured in the blaze.

     
  • Palatine Rural, Rolling Meadows fire to share resourcesApr 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    In an effort to operate more efficiently, the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District and Rolling Meadows Fire Department recently agreed to reorganize and combine certain resources. Its not saving a lot of money, but this is a better way of doing things without costing more money, Palatine Rural Chief Hank Clemmensen said.

     
  •  Des Plaines firefighter Brian Carmicheal, firefighter/paramedic Brian Rieger, firefighter/paramedic Russ Olish, firefighter/paramedic Michael Rioch, Lt. Mike Iorio, firefighter/paramedic Steve Berndt, firefighter paramedic Robert Prieto, firefighter/engineer Kevin Felde, Lt. Mike Copeland, Fire Chief Alan Wax, Benjy Banuelos, Irma Murillo, who was rescued at the scene, Angie Alvarado, Irma Murillo’s daughter and Frankie’s mother, and Frankie Alvarado, following the award presentations in the City Council Chambers on March 19.

    Des Plaines Fire Department acknowledges heroes Apr 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    Fire Chief Alan Wax presented several awards at the March 19 Des Plaines City Council Meeting. All of the awards pertained to a fire in the basement of a townhouse in the 1300 block of Fargo Avenue on December 23, 2011.

     
  • 2 Aurora firefighters injured early Friday Mar 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Two Aurora firefighters were injured Friday morning while battling a fire in a house on the city's south side. Bopth firefighters fell through a burned out hole in the floor and into the basement, authorities said.

     
  • Barrington fire district releases safety guide Feb 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has published the first issue of its new Public Safety Guide, a publication designed to help residents learn more about fire safety and take steps to protect their families.

     
  • Barrington, fire district fight over staffing Dec 19, 2011 12:00 AM
    The village of Barrington has denied a request by the Barrington Fire Protection District for the hiring of seven additional firefighter/paramedics to help serve the district’s larger area surrounding the village.

     
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