Sunday, May 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Photos provided
An apparent multiple-alarm fire reportedly broke out on Sunday afternoon on the 1000 block of South 14th Ave. in Maywood, according to witnesses.
Witnesses said that they saw fire departments from Maywood, Bellwood, River Forest and Hillside on the scene. It isn’t known when, precisely, the fire started but by 6 p.m., it appeared that the fire was extinguished, according to witnesses.
So far, it isn’t known whether or not anyone was injured. Emergency officials couldn’t be immediately contacted for comment.
MAYWOOD–A fire has destroyed a home on the 400 block of South 14th Avenue. According to officials, emergency dispatch received a call at 7:59 AM about a possible fire at 434 S. 14th Avenue. When the fire department arrived on the scene, they discovered that the fire had engulfed both floors of the multi-unit building, where an elderly woman lay unresponsive on the first floor. She was rushed to Loyola University Health Center. Her condition is currently unknown.
Ronnie Carswell, who lives two blocks away, was driving on Washington Boulevard, on his way to work, when he saw the smoke.
“When I saw the smoke, I thought somebody was barbecuing,” he said. “But then I saw flames coming out the window. They just started popping out. A minute seemed like a day. The grandson said his grandmother was in the house, but by that time it was nothing you could do.”
Ladder trucks from at least two other surrounding communities, Broadview and Bellwood, were seen in the area to support the Maywood Fire Department. Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said his men had to use heavy water to slow the fire down. He didn’t say how long it took to extinguish, but by 9:30 AM the fire was out.
According to officials, the first floor of the home was occupied by Leroy Williams, Jr. and his son Leroy Williams III. The unidentified woman, who is apparently the mother and grandmother of the two, lived on the first floor, where the fire is reported to have started in a backroom.
Classes and school activities at Proviso East High School will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, according to a statement released by District 209. Proviso East has been closed yesterday and today due to a fire that occurred on Saturday, May 10, at around 9 PM. More than 100 local firefighters from at least 20 surrounding communities responded to the fire, which was reported to have started in a social room on the second floor. No injuries were reported.
According to Proviso East Principal Tony Valente, about ten rooms were damaged in the part of the building in which the blaze occurred. Classes and teachers that were affected by the fire will be moved to another part of the school building while the rehab work progresses.
“Students who ride the bus will be dropped off and picked up near the Stadium gate on Madison Street. Proviso East also will be operating on a late start schedule on Wednesday,” the press release stated.
Since Proviso East was the only site within District 209 to temporarily close, students won’t be able to make up the missed days. The Cook County Fire Inspector is still investigating the cause of the blaze and is expected to provide the results of that investigation in the near future.
“I want to thank our faculty, staff, and students as well as you for your patience as we assessed our next steps and worked to open the school for education as soon as possible,” said District 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “With your support, we will continue our task of providing a quality education for our students.” VFP
According to a statement released by District 209, classes will be cancelled at Proviso East High School on Monday and Tuesday due to a fire that occurred at the school last night. Class schedules at Proviso West and Proviso Math and Science Academy are unaffected.
Last night, at around 9 PM, more than 100 firefighters from area departments responded to a fire at the school that may have started on the second floor in a social room. According to Maywood Police Chief Craig Bronaugh, the blaze was discovered by security guards who were on duty. A stage play involving 20-30 people was going on at the time. All participants were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.
Proviso East Principal Tony Valente said that the fire damaged about ten rooms in the building where it occurred. School officials are planning to relocate all office and classroom activities in the affected area.
The Cook County Fire Inspector is currently investigating the cause of the fire and will update the District on the details in the near future. VFP