Tag: Maywood Fire Department

Maywood Fire Chief Praises Heroic Out-of-towner Who Saved Family in Oct. 8 House Fire

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A home on the 1800 block of South 21st Ave., on fire on Oct. 8. Enrique Baez, an Indiana resident in town visiting relatives, rescued two people from the flames, said Maywood’s fire chief. 

Enrique Baez was in Maywood visiting relatives on Sunday, Oct. 8, when he realized that a fire was burning at a home nearby, on the 1800 block of South 21st Ave.

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No Injuries Reported in Oct. 8 Maywood House Fire

Monday, October 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 10:09 a.m. 

Featured image: A house on fire in the 1800 block of S. 21st Ave. | Photo courtesy Maywood Fire Department 

On Oct. 8, firefighters from Maywood and surrounding communities responded to a structure fire at a house on the 1800 block of S. 21st Ave. in Maywood. Fire departments received reports of the fire at around 6:37 p.m. on Sunday.

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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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