Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Because of the severe damage to the Caton Ridge house, the owners will need to find a temporary place to live, Joliet fire Capt. Dave House said.
A two-story Caton Ridge house was rendered uninhabitable Wednesday morning when a fire tore through the garage and spread into the home's second floor. The cause of the 8 a.m. blaze in the 6500 block of Breckenridge is under investigation, but Joliet Fire Department Capt. Dave House said the starting point was definitely the garage. (The house is located in Joliet but has a Plainfield address.) No one was injured in the fire, which took 16 firefighters more than a half hour to extinguish, House said. The owners of the house were not identified. Want the latest in breaking news throughout Will County? Sign up for our free daily newsletter and breaking news alerts.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Blaze that killed Dorothy Dumyahn is under investigation.
The Will-Grundy County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the death of a Crest Hill woman who was apparently killed in a fire Sunday morning at her Caton Farm Road home. Dorothy Dumyahn, 89, was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. after a fire at her home at 2309 Caton Farm Road, according to the Will County coroner’s office. Lockport Township Battalion Chief Frank Blaskey said the blaze, which caused extensive damage, was discovered around 8:50 a.m., according to the Herald-News. Blaskey told the newspaper that an off-duty fire lieutenant tried unsuccessfully to reach the woman before firefighters arrived. Authorities said Dumyahn was the only occupant of the home. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, according to the coroner’s office.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Joliet white supremacist Brian Moudry appeared in court and remains in custody.
The Joliet white supremacist arrested by FBI agents on charges he torched the home of a black family while nine people were inside appeared in court Wednesday for what an official called a "routine status hearing." Brian Moudry, 35, has been locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since his arrest May 29 on charges of arson, using fire to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race and using fire to commit another felony. Moudry, 35, allegedly set fire to the home of a black family as they slept in June 2007. The eight children and one adult inside the house at the time escaped the blaze without injury. Two other men who had been drinking with Moudry the night before the fire were arrested in the immediate …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A Joliet woman crashed her car into a DeKalb County cow, according to CBS.
A Joliet woman's car burst into flames after she crashed into a cow while driving in DeKalb County. Martha Johnson, 60, escaped the wreckage of her car before it caught fire, but was still hospitalized, according to a CBS report on the Thursday crash. Johnson was injured "after her vehicle struck one of several cows on a road in DeKalb County," the CBS report said. The report contained no information on what became of the cow. Before catching fire, Johnson's car reportedly plunged into a ditch and rolled over.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Joliet man charged with torching a black family's home has been arrested for hate crimes in the past.
With "Blue Eyed Devil" tattooed on the back of his shaved head, avowed white supremacist Brian Moudry claimed to "understand English fluently" as he pleaded not guilty to torching the home of a black family living down the street from him in Joliet. Moudry, a disciple of incarcerated white power leader Matt Hale, made his first court appearance Thursday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building. He was arrested Wednesday in Joliet on charges of arson, using fire to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race and using fire to commit another felony. Moudry, 35, allegedly set fire to the home of a black family as they slept in June 2007. The eight children and one adult escaped the blaze without injury. They have since moved out of …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Shorewood once again entered into an intergovernmental 911 agreement.
The Shorewood Village Board signed off on putting the money collected off its 911 surcharge into a common fund with 52 other Will County police and fire departments. "As in past years, the WESCOM fire and police departments wish to pool their resources to achieve a greater degree of public safety in our communities," Police Chief Aaron Klima said in a memo to Mayor Rick Chapman and the village trustees. The Shorewood Police Department is kicking $11,648.44 into the 2012 fund. This was less than 2.5 percent of the $480,968.61 taken in by contributing Will County police departments and less than 1.3 percent of the near million dollars in combined police and fire funds. The Troy Township Fire Department is putting in$14,296.65. During Tuesday…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Friends of a Shorewood family left homeless by a fire have organized a donation drive.
A Tuesday night fire displaced the Armknecht family from their Shorewood home. The very next day, their friends sprang into action and organized a donation drive to help them through this trying time. Karen Thacker, a lifelong friend of the Armknechts, put together the weekend event at The Hangover Bar at 1028 Cora St. in Joliet. "Whoever brings something in gets a drink," said Thacker. Kevin and Danielle Armknecht are in need of clothing for themselves and also for their 10-month-old son, Charlie, and daughter, Natalie, who turns 3 next month. They could also use diapers for Charlie. For more information on what to bring to The Hangover Bar, check out the Shorewood Patch Facebook page. Compounding the Armknechts' problems is that they …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Troy Township Fire Department put out a burning house in Shorewood.
A faulty boiler left a house on Channahon Street uninhabitable Tuesday night. Troy firefighters battled the 7 p.m. blaze and ultimately extinguished it, but the two-story house at 105 Channahon St. in Shorewood was left uninhabitable. Two occupants escaped the fire without injury. The homeowners went to stay with friends, according to the fire department. The fire department determined the blaze was sparked by a faulty boiler. After leaving the scene of the Channahon Street fire, Troy firefighters went right to a call of a burning refrigerator in a house on Huntington Drive. That fire was out by the time they got there.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Troy Township Fire Chief Responds to negative comments on Patch about the way his department handled a recent fire, particularly those comments made by someone named "Steve."
First it appears “Steve” knows nothing about the fire service. Troy is a full paid non-union department, not that it matters whether they are union or not. The fire occurred just after shift change and the first unit was on the scene in less than a minute. They did respond from the main station on Cottage (Route 59) and Station 2 responded from the Seil Road Station. That is a total of 14 firefighters as required by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Fire was blowing out the front window and the main floor was engulfed in fire when the first crews arrived. The fire had been burning undetected for some time before being detected by a neighbor. The crews put the fire out and were able to ventilate the house before the first auto …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A Shorewood man has lost two homes to catastrophe in 15 years.
In 1996 Frank Richkus lost his home to a flood. On Tuesday morning, it was taken by a fire. "The fire even burned my flood pictures," said Richkus, keeping a stiff upper lip as he showed off his flame-damaged photo albums. The 7:15 a.m. blaze broke out about 20 minutes after Richkus left for work. Troy Township Fire Chief Steve Engledow said his department knocked down the flames before anyone was injured. The Channahon and Minooka fire departments assisted Troy. Engledow said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Richkus said firefighters told him an electric cord may have shorted under a recliner he recently cleaned off and began using again. Richkus' Diana Street home — which is only yards away from one of Troy Township's …