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West Side Woman Needs Help Rebuilding Her Life After Losing Everything In Fire

Latonia Matthews escaped the early morning fire at her Homan Square apartment with only the clothes she was wearing.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago’s Black Fire Brigade Is Training First Responders And Working To Reverse Racism At The Fire Department

Since launching in 2018, the program to help Black youth has helped hundreds of them find work as first responders. But funding remains a problem.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Firefighter, 30, Dies Days After Being Critically Injured In Belmont Cragin Fire

MaShawn Plummer joined the Fire Department a year ago and belonged to Engine 94 in Portage Park.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

‘Possibly Suspicious’ Rogers Park Fire Displaces 36 Low-Income Renters: ‘I’ll Have To Start From Scratch Again’

Most of the residents of a fire-damaged Glenwood Avenue apartment building are low-income renters with nowhere else to go. There are ways neighbors can help, Ald. Maria Hadden said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Fire Department Chief Vows Diversity Push Timed With First New Recruitment Test In 7 Years

The Chicago Fire Department is dominated by white men — but the department’s first-ever Black woman leader vows to change that.

Citywide

Bo Diddley’s Childhood Home In Bronzeville Badly Damaged In Fire

The fire broke out at an apartment on Langley Ave.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Dumpster Fire Damages Storefront At Busy Kimball And Fullerton

No one was injured and the fire was quickly put out.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Controversial Plan To Build West Side Youth Center On Police Academy Campus Gets Key City Approval

If approved by the full City Council, the facility would be the first new Boys & Girls Club in decades. The club would be on the same site as the $95 million Joint Public Safety Training Academy.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After Fire Destroys West Humboldt Park Homeless Shelter’s Offices, Organization Vows To Rebuild

No one was injured in the fire, but it was "extremely traumatizing" for residents of the shelter, one of the organization's leaders said. Neighbors looking to help can donate to the organization online.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Weekend Fireworks Led To Fires, Traumatic Injuries Across Chicago: ‘This Was A More Intense Year’

The city saw 30 building fires, 27 garage fires and 293 rubbish fires Sunday night through Monday morning. Many of those fires "can reasonably be considered to be the result of fireworks activity," fire officials said.

Citywide

Bronzeville Traffic Crash Injures Two Women, Destroys Abandoned Storefront

The women were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Brave Bronzeville 7-Year-Old Gets Hero’s Award And Firehouse Tour After Saving His Mom’s Life With A Calm 911 Call

Not all heroes wear capes. They might wear size 2 Air Jordans, though.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Fire Department Gets 1st Black Woman Commissioner As Annette Nance-Holt Picked For Top Spot

Nance-Holt has served as the department's acting commissioner but will now take over the role permanently.

Citywide

Firefighters, Residents Call On City To Return Fire Truck With Tower Ladder To Southeast Side

A 100-foot tower ladder has been moved to West Pullman. Firefighters at its former home in South Chicago say they're concerned the relocation will slow response times to the high-rises in South Shore and nearby communities.

South Chicago, East Side

SUV Driver Loses Control And Crashes, Ending Up Partially Inside Portage Park Home

“He must have been flying, I don’t know what he was doing,” said Ricardo Rodriguez Sr., owner of the home. He said no one inside was hurt, but his home was badly damaged.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Aragon Ballroom’s Roof Partially Collapses Because Of Heavy Snow, Causing Red Line Disruptions

About 75 feet of the Aragon Ballroom's roof line collapsed, but the rest of the building is structurally sound, officials said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Massive Fire Engulfs West Side Warehouse

By 10:30 a.m., the North Lawndale blaze had been elevated to a four-alarm fire.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Police Release Surveillance Video In Search Of Shooters Who Killed Retired Fireman In Botched Carjacking

Dwain Williams was fatally shot near a Morgan Park popcorn shop when he fought off a group of men attempting to carjack him.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Retired Chicago Firefighter Killed In Attempted Carjacking In Morgan Park

Dwain Williams, 65, joined the Fire Department in 1992. Police say he was stopping at a local popcorn shop when he was attacked.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

‘We’re Really Blessed’: Albany Park Landlord Launches Fundraiser To Help Tenants Recover After Fire

"My wife and I felt like we needed to do something more to help them get back on their feet," the landlord said.

Albany Park
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