Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Lemont Fire Protection District responded at 11:30 p.m. to a home in the 800 block of Schultz Street. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Minor burn injuries were sustained in a Lemont basement fire that occurred late Monday night, authorities said. The Lemont Fire Protection District responded at 11:30 p.m. to a home in the 800 block of Schultz Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in the basement with heavy smoke conditions, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jay Nickleski. The fire was quickly extinguished, with damage mainly contained to the basement, Nickleski said. One of the occupants of the home sustained minor burn injuries, but did not seek medical attention, he added. Assisting Lemont firefighters were units from the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District and the Argonne Fire Department. Crews were on the scene for approximately two hours, Nickleski said. …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churulo said a semi parked just east of Route 83 near Archer Avenue burst into flames around 6 a.m. Monday.
No injuries were reported Monday after a parked semi-truck burst into flames near Route 83 and Archer Avenue in Lemont. The Lemont Fire Protection District responded to the fire around 6 a.m. in a parking lot just east of Route 83, according to reports. Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churulo said the fire created a lot of smoke and "looked a lot worse than it was." Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, he said. The incident is under investigation. Lemont resident Ken Kroncke was driving north on Route 83 when he saw the fire. He captured a short video, which he shared with Patch. (View video to the right of this article.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Like what you see? Sign up for our daily email newsletter. Like us on …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Chiefs from Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 10 presented Durkin with a plaque Monday.
Local emergency response agencies presented Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) with a plaque Monday to thank him for his continued support. The award was given on behalf of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Districy 10. MABAS is a statewide, non-discriminatory mutual aid response system for fire EMS and specialized operational teams, according to its website. Presenting the plaque were Chief Carl Churulo of the Lemont Fire Protection District, Chief Pat Kenny of the Western Springs Fire Department, retired Chief Tony Bednarz of Western Springs, Chief Kent Adams of the Romeoville Fire Department and Chief Kevin Doyle of the Pleasantview Fire District.
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Lemont Fire Protection District responded to a small porch fire in the 300 block of Freehauf Street on Thursday.
Discarded smoking materials are believed to have caused a small porch fire in Lemont on Thursday, fire officials said. The Lemont Fire Protection District responded around 6:50 p.m. to a reported house fire in the 300 block of Freehauf Street. Deputy Fire Chief Jay Nickleski said firefighters noticed smoke coming from the rear of the residence when they arrived at the scene. A small fire on the porch was extinguished quickly and no one was injured. The probable cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking materials, Nickleski said.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Lemont firefighters responded Wednesday night to a house fire in the 16500 block of Pasture Drive.
No one was injured Wednesday night in a fire that broke out in Lemont's Rolling Meadows subdivision. The Lemont Fire Protection District responded shortly after 8 p.m. to a home in the 16500 block of Pasture Drive, where a dryer had started on fire. Lemont Fire Prevention Director Jeff Hawthorne said a smoke detector activation alerted a family member who was upstairs to quickly call 911. "It was a great job by the firefighters to get in and quickly extinguish this fire that would have otherwise spread rapidly and potentially caused much more damage to the family home," Hawthorne said in an email. Battalion Chief Jim Sheldon, the incident commander in charge, said he was proud of his crew. “Thanks to their aggressive and yet safe actions …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Second-grader Abby Beranek, 8, helped her family to safety during a dryer fire in April — just two days after visiting Lemont Fire Station 1 with her Daisy troop.
At just 8 years old, Abby Beranek has received more recognition than most people receive in a lifetime. It all started with a trip to Lemont Fire Station 1, 15900 New Ave., where Beranek's Daisy Girl Scout troop learned about fire safety and prevention. The presentation was led by Jeff Hawthorne, director of fire safety for the Lemont Fire Protection District. Just two days later, a fire broke out in the laundry room of the Beranek's home. While Abby's mom, Beth Beranek, ran to gather her youngest three children, Abby remained calm. Using lessons from her field trip two days earlier, she made sure her family got out of the house immediately and and that no one else tried to enter. "During the fire house visit, Abby learned to 'get out and …
Friday, September 30, 2011
The community is invited to check out the improvements to Station No. 1 during the department's open house Saturday.
Lemont residents will notice a new look to Fire Station No. 1 on New Avenue this week, as workers wrap up improvements and updates to the building. Chief Carl Churulo of the Lemont Fire Protection District said Friday that the outside of Station No. 1 was recently updated with limestone, a beige facade and bright red overhead doors. Changes were made to the formerly dark brown entrance to make the building look "more modern," he said. The department also plans to update six of the offices and the front lobby with fresh paint and new paneling, Churulo said. Station No. 1 was built in 1976 to accomodate the growing department. At the time, it was built mostly for volunteers, Churulo said. Today, the station houses mostly full-time …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Road expected to reopen late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to village officials.
Smith Road will remain closed through the early part of this week as crews work to fix a damaged natural gas pipeline, Lemont officials said. As of 3 p.m. Monday, Smith Road remained closed between 127th and 135th Streets as workers continued repairing a pipeline damaged by a downed ComEd line near Bambrick Park, 1330 Smith Road, on Aug. 8. The downed line was a possible ignition source for a leaking pipeline, causing a small fire on the side of the road, according to Chief Carl Churulo of the Lemont Fire Protection District. Firefighters stood by for six hours, keeping the wooden ComEd pole wet to prevent the fire from spreading, Churlo said. Tom Ballard, director of the Lemont Emergency Management Agency, said Smith Road has been closed …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Motorist traveling on I-355 pulled over in the school's parking lot after noticing flames coming from the engine of his vehicle.
A motorist escaped injury when his car malfunctioned and caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Lemont fire officials said. Shortly before 4 p.m., a Patch reader reported seeing a car engulfed in flames near the entrance of Old Quarry Middle School, 16100 W. 127th St. The incident was confirmed by James Sheldon, battalion chief for the Lemont Fire Protection District. According to Sheldon, the motorist was traveling on Interstate 355 when he noticed fire coming from the front of his vehicle. He pulled over in the Old Quarry parking lot after exiting the tollway at 127th Street. The driver was able to safely exit the vehicle before the fire spread, Sheldon said. "The car was almost completely engulfed in flames by the time we got there," he said. "…
Friday, July 15, 2011
The fire was reported around 4 a.m. Friday by a Lemont police officer.
A small fire broke out Friday morning in a vacant building near downtown Lemont, officials said. The Lemont Fire Protection District responded around 4 a.m. to a two-story building, located at 211 Illinois St. The fire was reported by a police officer passing by, according to Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churulo. When firefighters arrived, smoke could be seen coming from the building, which is marked as uninhabitable, he said. There were no injuries reported. According to Churulo, a chair was on fire inside the building, but the cause was unclear. Investigators were still on the scene as of 6 a.m.