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Early Morning Fire Breaks Out at Offices of Maywood Nonprofit on Sept. 9

Saturday, September 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature image: The Maywood headquarters of Housing Forward. | Google Earth

The nonprofit Housing Forward, which helps individuals and families experiencing housing-related crises transition to stable living conditions, is in a transition of its own after a fire broke out in the attic of its headquarters at 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood.

According to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh, the fire department got notification of the blaze at around 2:54 a.m. on Saturday. The fire, he said, was primarily contained in the attic.

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Breaking: Fire Breaks Out at 1606 Madison in Maywood on June 30

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A two-floor apartment building at 1606 Madison St. caught fire on June 30. All of its residents have been displaced. | Michael Romain/VFP

Friday, June 30, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 5:48 p.m. 

A serious fire broke out inside of a two-flat apartment building at 1606 Madison St. in Maywood this morning, according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.

Bronaugh said the fire happened at approximately 11:44 a.m. When firefighters and other emergency responders arrived, they found an unidentified adult male who was disabled and bedridden in a basement apartment.

“An initial search turned up a man who was unable to get out of the basement on his own,” Bronaugh said during a phone interview Friday.

The chief said that the man appeared unharmed, but was taken to Loyola University Medical Center as a precaution.

Bronaugh said the fire started in the living room of the top-floor apartment. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The three-unit building was fully occupied said fire investigators. All of those residents have been displaced.

One of them said she is the niece of the disabled man. She said the man lived with her and that she had just moved into the apartment on Thursday.

“I signed my lease yesterday,” said the woman, who declined to be identified. She said her uncle was being treated for possible smoke inhalation. VFP

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Around Town: Maywood Firefighter Fred Saffold on the Village’s New Fire Engine

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Fred SaffoldSaturday, March 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Last Wednesday, Maywood Firefighter Fred Saffold explained the comparative advantages of the department’s new $450,000 fire engine, which the village purchased last year after Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh told board members that the department’s old engine was not functioning due to mechanical failure.

“Some communities spend in excess of $600,000 for an engine,” stated Bronaugh in the village’s quarterly newsletter, “but not us. This vehicle should serve us well for up to 20 years and is now one of the front-line engines being deployed at Fire Station 1.”

Saffold explained that the new engine should be more energy efficient than the one it replaced, since it’s outfitted with fuel-saving technology and LED lights.

Take a closer look at the new engine by clicking here. VFP

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Victim of Dec. 23 Maywood Fire ID’d as 101-year-0ld Hattie Harper

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Firefighters at the home on the 2000 block of South 9th Ave. on Friday night. | ABC 7/Captured News 

Saturday, December 24, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The victim of a Friday night house fire that happened on the 2000 block of South 9th Ave. has been identified as Hattie Harper, 101, according to Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at around 10 p.m., according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.

“Upon arrival, firefighters discovered, and found themselves battling, a fire in the bedroom of a single family home,” Bronaugh said. “An older gentleman was rushed to the hospital, suffering from both burns and smoke inhalation.”

Firefighters said that the man, 73, was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center. His condition is so far unknown. Talley added that the man, who still hasn’t been identified, may have been trying to rescue his elderly mother from the blaze.

Bronaugh said that, while firefighters were extinguishing the fire, Harper’s body was discovered in a bedroom, where he believes the fire started.

“Although no official cause of the fire was named, foul play is not suspected in the origin of this fire,” the chief said.

Talley said that, although he doesn’t know with precision what caused the fire, Harper’s death still shows the necessity of numerous local resources in the lives of senior citizens, many of which — such as a service provided by Proviso Township that dispatches carpenters to help the elderly safely setup appliances — residents may not know about.

“I’m going to make sure a representative from the Township is at the next two MAPS [Maywood Alternative Policing Strategies] meetings,” Talley said.

Bronaugh added that Friday’s fire should reinforce how essential it is for residents to have fire and carbon monoxide alarms that are working properly.

In a statement released last month, Bronaugh said that, due to the winter season approaching, “we will soon find ourselves having to both initiate and maintain efforts to keep warm in our homes.”

The chief implored residents to “have present and operating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your place of residence. The devices are not expensive and can be found at local neighborhood stores. The presence and proper operations of both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can notify and protect residents from the devastation resulting from fire and carbon monoxide.” VFP

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Breaking: Elderly Woman Dies in Fatal Maywood Fire on 2000 Block of South 9th Ave.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

A Friday night house fire in Maywood has resulted in at least one death and an injury, according to Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh.

The fire happened on the 2000 block of South 9th Ave. on Friday, Bronaugh said. Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at around 10 p.m.

“Upon arrival, firefighters discovered, and found themselves battling, a fire in the bedroom of a single family home,” Bronaugh said. “An older gentleman was rushed to the hospital, suffering from both burns and smoke inhalation.”

Firefighters said that the man was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center. His condition is so far unknown.

Bronaugh said that, while firefighters were extinguishing the fire, the body of an unidentified elderly woman, who may have been the man’s mother, was discovered in a bedroom, where he believes the fire started.

“Although no official cause of the fire was named, foul play is not suspected in the origin of this fire,” the chief said. VFP

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Celebrate Kwanzaa with Afriware Books

Where: 1701 S 1st Ave., Maywood | When: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | What: Keynote address given by TeQuila Shabazz of BE Black Academy | There will be music, shopping and fun for the entire family! Free. Donations accepted.

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BRIEFLY: 2016 Bulk Pickup Schedule | Maywood Firefighter Lands $51K Grant | 105-year-old Gets Her Own Day | Police, Fire Commissioners Get Pay Raise

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Firefighter Karen Ross, pictured in 2014. Below, Ross with Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh at a board meeting earlier this year. | Photos submitted
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

Maywood firefighter and EMT Karen Ross was commended during a village board meeting last week by Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh for her work in securing a $51,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The money will allow the department to upgrade its handheld radios, Bronaugh said during the Sept. 28 meeting.

“Emergency or non-emergency, whether at a fire scene or otherwise, the significance of being able to effectively communicate with either fire supervisors or fellow personnel can never be overstated,” he said.

Bronaugh said the $51,000 award is just Ross’s latest coup. The chief said Ross has helped the cash-strapped department secure a total of over $100,000 in alternative funding sources.

Sept. 20 officially Susie Lewis Day

Susie Lewis, a 105-year-old Maywood resident, now has her own day. Earlier this month, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted to make Sept. 20 Susie Lewis Day in Maywood.

Fall cleanup schedule released 

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The Village of Maywood & Republic Services will conduct a Village Clean Up throughout the month of October & November. Large bulky household items and junk are acceptable. Smaller, loose items must be in containers or tied and bundled.

Household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Please have your discarded items at your garbage pick-up point on Wednesday morning of the week Republic is in your neighborhood:

  • Oct. 5 | Roosevelt north to I-290; 1st Ave. west to 25th Ave.
  • Oct. 12 | I-290 north to Madison; Greenwood west to 21st Ave.
  • Oct. 26 | Madison north to Railroad; 1st Ave. west to 21st Ave.
  • Nov.  2 | Main Street north to Village limits; Desplaines west to 9th Ave.

“Anything placed out there, the garbage company will get with the exception of televisions,” Maywood Public Works Director John West said. If residents seek to throw out paint, it must be hardened. You can pick up a paint hardener packet at Braun’s Paint Co., 807 S. 5th Ave.

Maywood Board of Police and Fire Commissioners get pay raise, possibly longer terms

After voting 5 – 2 to increase the pay for members of the village’s Board of Police and Fire Commissioners from $100 per meeting to $150 per meeting  (with Trustee Isiah Brandon and Mayor Edwenna Perkins voting against the measure), the Maywood Board of Trustees is now poised to lengthen the term of each commissioner from one year to three years.

Gloria Clay, the police and fire board’s secretary, will receive $200 per meeting, $50 more than she was receiving before. The police and fire commission is the only one of the village’s more than a dozen commissions or committees in which members are paid.

Police and fire commission members say the pay increase should be more, considering how much time and energy they put into their work. The mayor, however, blasted some members of the commission for overstaying their one-year terms. Perkins also said that if some commission members feel the pay isn’t sufficient, they shouldn’t be on the commission.

The police and fire commission is responsible for recruiting, selecting and appointing qualified candidates to be hired as police officers and firefighters/paramedics, and conducting disciplinary hearings, among other functions. VFP 

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No Injuries After House Fire on 200 Block of S. 12th in Maywood

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Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh walks a ladder in the aftermath of a fire at a home on the 200 block of S. 12th Ave. No injuries were reported. | Courtesy Maywood Fire Department.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

No injuries have been reported after an early morning house fire in Maywood, village firefighters have reported.

The fire broke out at a home on the 200 block of South 12th Ave. at around 9:43 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a report on chicagofiremap.net, which noted that the fire started in the basement and spread to the first floor. Firefighters extinguished the fire by 10 a.m., the report states.

According to Maywood Fire Captain Denard Wade, the fire is still under investigation and no cause has been determined at this time. VFP

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