Thursday, April 11, 2013
Spring's arrival brings nicer weather but at a cost. The wind and warmer temperatures create the perfect conditions for wildfires. Find out the biggest cause of these blazes. Hint: It's not mice with matches, one fire chief says.
Baseball isn't the only season to accompany the arrival of spring. The warmer temperatures and windy days also herald the arrival of brush fire season. South suburban residents have probably seen the large, black plumes of smoke billowing up from some of the open, grassy fields where subdivisions and neighborhoods start to give way to rural areas. In the past couple weeks, there have been blazes in Tinley Park, Country Club Hills, Palos and Frankfort. READ: Smoke From Controlled Burn Closes Part of Central Avenue in Tinley Park "The reason is it's windy, and the sun is starting to dry [the dead leaves and brush] out now," said Larry Rauch, a Frankfort Fire Protection District assistant chief. Those conditions, which also are prevalent in …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Tinley Park firefighters dug out two girls—one 11, the other 12—after mud and dirt in the hole they were playing in collapsed on top of them, village police reported. Read how the dad of one of the girls reacted when he heard about the accident.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Vince
Monday, December 3, 2012
UPDATED (3:28 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3) Two girls were rescued Sunday from a newly dug home foundation they were playing in after mud from the walls loosened and buried them, Tinley Park Police report. Nicole Salwierak, 11, and Sarah Miranda, 12, were not seriously injured and were taken to area hospitals to be evaluated, said Nicole's father, Robert. READ: Teen with Down Syndrome Becomes Eagle Scout Years Before Most "It was a good ending to what could've been a tragedy," said Tinley Park Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Klotz. The girls had been playing with other kids from the neighborhood in the excavation hole that was dug for a new home being built at 18307 White Oak Lane, Robert Salwierak said. The Salwieraks—Robert, his wife, …
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Tinley Park firefighters braved the flames and 93-degree temperatures to put out a house fire at 8511 Hollybrook Lane. The fire destroyed much of the home and three cars.
Two people and a firefighter were sent to the hospital after fire destroyed a home in the Brookside Glen neighborhood Saturday afternoon on Hollybrook Lane. Investigators were still looking into the cause of the fire, which was reported as starting in the garage, said Tinley Park Fire Chief Ken Dunn. The fire chief did not know the extent of the injuries to the three people sent to area hospitals and would not release their names. The fire started around 2 p.m., burning through about half of the home, the garage and three cars--a BMW, Corvette and Audi--at 8511 Hollybrook Lane. There also was considerable heat and smoke damage to the entire house, Dunn said. Thick, black smoke poured into the sky and could be seen for miles. Witnesses said…