| Nov 25, 2014
| 11:51 AM
An explosion of built-up natural gas from a leak likely caused the collapse of a three-story condominium building in the Washington Park neighborhood over the weekend, the Chicago Fire Department determined Tuesday.
Neighbors had described hearing a...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 1:42 PM
No injuries were reported when a small fire broke out Tuesday morning on the top floor and roof of the old post office building in the South Loop, officials said.
The blaze broke out about 8:20 a.m. in a vent above railroad tracks that has been a...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:21 PM
The family of a 10-year-old boy who died in an apartment fire this month in Chicago filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the building owners failed to provide working smoke detectors.
The suit, which seeks more than $50,000 in damages, claims apartment...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Scott Schaben started working as a suburban firefighter in the 1980s, bonding with his co-workers over off-duty beers. But his social drinking turned compulsive after he went through a divorce a few years ago, consuming his life until he knew he needed...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:13 AM
Ryan Franzen always knew he'd become a Chicago firefighter.
His father, Jim Franzen, was a Chicago firefighter. And his grandfather Richard Franzen died in the line of duty.
"He was hurt after a fire in Englewood. He was holding on to the truck and...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Aldermen on Friday pressed the head of Chicago's Business Affairs office to make sure the ride-share companies that compete with taxi cabs honor new city regulations, but questioned whether there are enough inspectors on the payroll to keep sufficient...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 4:12 AM
A small fire broke out early Tuesday at a high-rise building in the Loop, authorities said.
The fire started about 2 a.m. on the top floor of a 15-story building at 122 W. Monroe St.
No one was in the building, which was being renovated, according...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The sound of bagpipes wailed sweetly through the air as the thump of the bass drum and tapping of the snare drums seemed to be sending a message at the corner of Palmer Street and Nordica Avenue.
The house on the northwest corner of that intersection...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Two women found dead after a suspicious fire in the basement of a two-flat building in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood Thursday night have been identified, authorities said Tuesday.
The fire started about 11:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of West Parker...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 3:07 AM
Two women were found dead after a fire broke out in the basement of a two-flat building in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said.
The fire started about 11:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of the West Parker Avenue on the...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 9:27 AM
A 72-year-old woman was injured in an extra-alarm fire in the Grand Crossing neighborhood Thursday morning.
The fire broke out about 5:24 a.m. in the 7600 block of South Ingleside Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco.
The fire was...