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Fire destroys a shed oustide of Ladd

Posted by wlpo on January 21, 2015

A car and a couple of lawn tractors are a few of the things destroyed in a metal shed fire along Plank Road. The Ladd Fire Department was called to the blaze shortly after 7am Wednesday and arrived to find the building consumed by flames. Ladd Fire Chief B.J. Liebe says the roof collapsed soon after they arrived so they were left fighting the fire from the outside. Several area departments assisted. It’s unclear what started the fire. The building’s owner had already left home before the fire was reported.

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Crews called for an accidential fire in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on January 2, 2015

An accidental fire at an auto shop in downtown La Salle could have been worse. Firefighters were called to Last Muffler and Brake on First Street late Friday morning for a fire that started while employees were draining fuel from a car.

The fuel was going into a container on a tool cart when it started on fire. Workers were able to safely push the cart outside. Firefighters had it out in minutes.  Only the container and the cart were damaged.

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Garbage man thanked for putting out a fire in Peru

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2014

You never know who could be your hero. For Marian Cichy of Peru, her hero was the garbage man.

Jamie Levi of Illinois Valley Waste Services was on his route near Cichy’s house on December 16. While he went from house-to-house collecting trash, flames began to shoot out from Cichy’s gas stove.

Cichy was able to get Levi’s attention. Using two fire extinguishers, Levi was able to put out the fire before the fire department arrived. Levi was thanked by Peru Fire Chief Jeff King and the city council Monday night.

Going beyond the normal job duties wasn’t new for Levi. Cichy says Levi always carries her garbage cans back to the house because he knows it would be difficult for her to do while using a wheelchair. Cichy says Levi is her angel.

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Peru house fire keeps area departments busy Wednesday afternoon

Posted by wlpo on November 26, 2014

Fire and smoke have damaged a home in Peru. The fire at the two-story house on Fifth Street not far from Peru Catholic School was reported just before 1pm Wednesday.

Peru Firefighters received assistance from La Salle, Spring Valley and Oglesby Fire Departments. They were able to pack up and leave by 3pm.

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DePue home damaged by fire

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2014

Fire left a home in DePue damaged. Crews were called just before 2:30pm Monday. The DePue Fire Department received help from Bureau and Ladd Fire Departments. Spring Valley Fire Department watched their station.

Nobody was home when the fire started. The State Fire Marshall’s office was helping with the investigation.

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Princeton house fire blamed on a candle

Posted by wlpo on November 3, 2014

One candle can cause a lot of damage. A second floor bedroom of a house on Park Avenue East in Princeton was left scorched after an unattended candle caught the wall on fire Sunday afternoon.

Princeton Fire Chief Chuck Woolley says two men that were home were able to safely get out and call for help. Firefighters were able to get to the fire before it spread to another room. Still, the fire caused enough damage that the people living there were not able to stay the night. They received help from the Bureau County Red Cross.

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Fire burns harvested field near Tonica

Posted by wlpo on November 1, 2014

A windy day is never good for fighting a fire but the Tonica and Leonore Fire Departments were able to put out a field fire before it grew too large.

The fire started Friday afternoon on North 1929th road. Rick Turri of the Tonica Fire Department says approximately one acre of harvested corn field was burning when they arrived. He says they were able to quickly contain the fire with the help of a farmer.

They believe the fire started from crop debris that had collected on a piece of equipment being used in the field.

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Corn crib fire caught in time

Posted by wlpo on October 12, 2014

You can try to control a brush fire but it is hard to control where the embers go.   Embers from a nearby brush fire are thought to be what started a care crib roof on fire.

Tonica and Lostant Fire Departments where called the property on North 19th Road around dinner time Saturday.  

Rick Turri of the Tonica Fire Department says the fire was quickly extinguished with little damage to the corn crib. Nearby corn was sprayed has a precaution.

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Firefighters respond to a basement fire in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on September 12, 2014

A small basement fire was caught just in time. A Princeton woman arrived home Friday afternoon to find black smoke and her pets waiting by the door.

Princeton Fire Chief Chuck Woolley says they firefighters searched the first and second floor of the home on North Gosse Blvd before discovering a small fire in a corner of the basement. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Firefighters opened windows to ventilate the house. Woolley says there was some smoke and water damage. The cause was undetermined.

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Fire destroys house west of Tonica

Posted by wlpo on August 12, 2014

The black smoke you saw near Tonica Tuesday morning was from fire consuming a two-story house. The fire was reported around 7:15am and had the house completely ablaze when firefighters from Tonica and Oglesby departments arrived.  Cedar Point and Lostant Fire also send trucks and Peru sent an ambulance.

Tonica Fire Information Officer Rick Turri says part of the house collapse keeping firefighters out. The house and everything in it is a total loss.

Roy Alleman Jr. owns the house. Everyone living there had already left for the day.

A state fire investigator is helping them figure out how the fire started.

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