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Another Garage Fire Reported | Aug. 17 Blaze Still Under Investigation

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A garage on the No Hundred block of South 21st Ave. in Maywood destroyed in a Aug. 14 fire, which spread to two neighboring garages nearby. | Photo by Maywood Fire Department 

Thursday, August 18, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 5:45 p.m.

An Aug. 14 garage fire on the No Hundred block of South 21st Ave. in Maywood spread to two neighboring garages, causing damage to siding, Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said.

“One garage was fully involved and it melted the siding on two garages across the alley from it,” he said, adding that the two properties were actually located in neighboring Bellwood. All three garages are owned by homeowners.

Bronaugh said the cause of the garage fire may have been electrical. No injuries were reported.

This is at least the second garage fire in that area in about a month.

On July 19, a garage on the 400 block of South 19th Ave. in Maywood caught fire after a group of juveniles lit some paper inside of it. The garage was abandoned, but the fire spread and caused minor damage to two garages nearby, one of which was occupied. No injuries were reported.

Update on Aug. 17 early morning blaze 

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Two firefighters rest on the roof of a house that caught fire on Aug. 17 after extinguishing the blaze. | Maywood Fire Department 

Bronaugh said that the Aug. 17 fire that destroyed an unoccupied home on the 300 block of South 5th Ave. had been undergoing repairs “for several years.” The home, which one Maywood historic preservation commissioner said was shortlisted to receive landmark status, was a Victorian structure.

Bronaugh said at the time of the fire, repairs on the home had halted. He said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

It took nearly 60 firemen from close to a dozen departments to put out the blaze, Bronaugh said. They worked for more than two hours trying to extinguish it.

“It’s a real big house and the blaze was stubborn,” Bronaugh said, adding that the fire even spread to a nearby methadone clinic.

“The roof of the clinic caught fire,” he said. “It was just a small section, but the fire did spread. Personnel had to enter the house to pull down walls and ceilings to expose hot spots and concealed-space fires in the structure.”

Although no serious injuries were reported, Bronaugh said that several firefighters sustained very minor injuries. VFP

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Christ Temple’s Annual Prayer Walk || Aug. 20 || 4 p.m.

Joined Hands at Saturday's Prayer Vigil

Christ Temple Church Maywood (CTCM) is sponsoring an annual Prayer Walk on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.  The theme is “Walking in Faith & Victory.”

Residents of the Village of Maywood and surrounding communities are encouraged to walk and pray for our families and guidance for elected and appointed officials.

“Dissension has America on edge,” said the church’s pastor, Michael Bellamy. “In times of uncertainty, it is even more important for communities to unite for peace.  Harmony is a result of diverse groups coming together to seek out common ground for the common good.  We must pray for our families and governing officials.”

CTCM hosted approximately 250 participants at its walk last August. This year, the organization is expecting up to 500 walkers.

Participants will gather at Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, 502 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, Illinois, at 3:00 p.m.  The prayer walk will begin at 4:00 p.m.  Bottled water and a lite snack will be provided.

For additional information contact CTCM at 708-343-2380.

 

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