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Two fires Monday in Peoria County are responsible for more than a million dollars in damages. A fire was discovered at Walls Industrial Services in Glasford early Monday morning. It reportedly took multiple rural fire departments about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The cause of that fire is still undetermined as is the extent of the loss and no one was injured.

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PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. - Fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex.

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A man was killed in a house fire last night just before 10 P.M.. Peoria Firefighters and Paramedics responded to 952 S. Shelly St. to find the house fully engulfed. Extra manpower was necessary to knock down the fire.

The Peoria Fire Department has an expanded advanced life support presence in the city. A new pilot program was authorized by Peoria Area Emergency Services. 

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Multiple fire departments are responding to a large fire at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington off Business 24 and Mt. Vernon Drive. Emergency crews are working the fire scene and lane reductions remain in place along Business 24/ Washington Rd. Officials are asking motorists to avoid the area until the scene is secure.

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The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget for 2018.

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

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Preliminary autopsy results show a woman found inside a burning home over the weekend died of strangulation.

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A 15-year-old boy has been charged with starting a fire that caused heavy damage to a building at an abandoned prison in northern Illinois.  Joliet police say they received numerous tips via social media linking Monday's fire to two 15-year-old boys, who were at the prison at the time of the fire.

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University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire in Danville that killed one veteran and displaced others.  75-year-old David R. Singleton was killed in the fire at a veterans' group home Feb. 2.

An extra-alarm fire at Chicago's old Post Office has been struck out with no injuries.  Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says firefighters were called to the long-vacant structure around 10:30 a.m.  The fire was extinguished after about an hour. 

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Illini Concrete Products in Tremont was destroyed yesterday in a fire and subsequent explosions. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the fire call came in about 12:30.

Tremont Fire Chief Jim Lonergran says one of the workers discovered the fire. He says by the time they were on-scene, the building furthest from the road was collapsed and two of the buildings were fully involved.

Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

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Fire officials in Peoria now say they believe a blaze at the abandoned historic downtown Madison Theater was caused by arson.

The University of Illinois' flagship campus has broadened its ban on hoverboards to cover all of its buildings and other campus facilities.

Firefighters in Will County put out a blaze spreading through cornfields by high winds.  The fire was near several homes five miles outside of Manhattan, southeast of Joliet.  Winds were blowing at up to 25 mph north of Interstate 72.

Second City says the improv comedy troupe will reopen a few days earlier than anticipated after a fire destroyed its offices in Chicago.

Two firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago's famed Second City theater company. 

U.S. prosecutors say a suburban Chicago contractor should serve 13 years in prison and pay $450 million for setting a fire at a radar facility and shutting down air traffic nationwide.

Peoria Fire Chief announces retirement

Jul 28, 2015
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Longtime Peoria Fire Chief Kent Tomblin announced his retirement Wednesday. Tomblin says he will end his 37-year career in the Peoria Fire Department January 4th. 

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(AP) - More than 1,000 American flags line the Veterans' Walk in a park in the Illinois River town of Henry. This Fourth of July holiday is the tenth anniversary of the display, which is continuing to grow. 

The East Peoria City Council will consider approving a separation agreement for Fire Chief William Darin at its meeting this Tuesday night.  The separation agreement for retirement would take effect at the end of the month.  Darin has led East Peoria’s Fire Department for six years.  City officials say Darin will be paid a severance package as part of the agreement.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case of an arson fire that destroyed 13 horse-drawn carriages on Chicago's North Side.

A suburban Chicago contractor accused of setting fire to an air traffic control facility has been formally charged.

The ousted executive director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is responding to the group’s move to fire him.  

After four months on the job, Pete Saunders is out as executive director for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says no chemicals have been detected in the air near an oil train that derailed and burst into flames in western Illinois.

Peoria Fire Department weighs-in on elevator rescue

Jan 14, 2015

The Peoria Fire Department says residents trapped in elevators don’t have to just wait for maintenance workers to help get them out. The department says it responded to 29 elevator-related incidents last year. It says people should use their cell phone or elevator-emergency phone to contact the fire department.

Quinn responds to air traffic control fire

Sep 26, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says state police are helping investigate what happened at an air traffic control center in Chicago’s western suburbs today. Authorities say a fire at the facility was deliberately set by a contract employee.

Aunterrio Barney murder trial underway in Peoria

Jul 30, 2014

The Peoria murder trial for a 37-year-old Chicago man continues this week at the Peoria County courthouse. Aunterrio Barney is accused of killing four people when he set a Peoria house on fire. A 2-year-old boy died the day after the blaze. The fire killed sisters Youlandice and Brianna Simmons and Darresse Roddy. Barney was arrested shortly after the April, 2010 fire in North Carolina.  Jury selection in the fist-degree murder trial was Wednesday. 

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