Category Archives: Fire

Chicago Building Where Fire Killed 10 Facing Demolition

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer says the Chicago building where 10 children died from a smoldering fire in August will likely be torn down. RELATED ‘It’s My Worst Nightmare’; Little Village Families In Mourning After 8 Children Killed In Fire Attorney Anthony Peraica represents building owner Merced Gutierrez, who faces dozens of building code violations following the Aug. 26 fire at the Southwest Side apartment. Peraica said Thursday that Gutierrez is waiting for completion of insurance claims before seeking demolition permits. The 10 children, ages 3 months to 16 years, were cousins or family friends attending a sleepover when the pre-dawn fire broke out. The fire’s cause hasn’t been determined, but city inspectors found violations including missing or defective smoke detectors, defective light fixtures and wiring and plumbing installed without a permit. Peraica says he doesn’t believe anything Gutierrez did or didn’t do caused the fire. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Manresa Restaurant Released Back To Owners For Repairs After Fire

LOS GATOS (CBS SF) — Fire and building inspectors are still investigating a Monday night blaze at famed Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos but the building has been released back to its owners, fire officials said.

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Los Gatos restaurant Manresa damaged by fire (CBS)

The fire was reported just before 9 p.m. at 320 Village Lane, fire officials said. Crews at the scene were able to contain the blaze within 15 minutes.

The restaurant was closed and nobody was inside when the fire started. No injuries were reported.

The fire began near an exterior wall and most of the damage is confined to the outside of the building, according to fire officials.

Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy said the building owners are free to begin making repairs at this time.

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Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos (CBS)

Manresa management has not yet provided an update on when the restaurant will reopen. Manresa is a three-star Michelin restaurant known for its chef, David Kinch, who bought the Los Gatos property in 2002.

Murphy said damage from the fire is much less significant than a blaze at the restaurant in July 2014, when flames sparked outside near garbage cans and ended up causing an estimated $240,000 worth of damage to the building and its contents.

Los Gatos building official Robert Gray said the department will release the findings of a structural evaluation once fire officials determine the cause.

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One Dead, Two Others Injured In Galewood Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — A fire in the Galewood neighborhood turned deadly.

Two others were injured, including an heroic Chicago police officer.

CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen talked with a woman who tried to help her neighbors escape.

Investigators returned to the scene of a deadly house fire Saturday morning to try to figure out what happened.

Julia Chavez lives near Merrimac and Dickens.

“What I hear is big boom twice. I  just ignored it but when I looked out the window I saw the house burning,” said Chavez.

It happened early Saturday morning just after 3:00. Officers from the Chicago Police Department got to the scene first. By that time, the fire had already spread to the house next door.

“A lot of officers banging everybody’s house. I was there with them too,” said Chavez. “I was there banging. I was screaming because I can see the other house was burning.”

Investigators said an officer had minor burns to his hand while trying to clear the building.

A 55-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a 55-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

“I’m like oh my god just unbelievable. I feel so sorry for them,” said  Nestor Hurtado.

“We always saw them and now the wife is dead. We’re praying for them,” said Chavez.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Meanwhile, the Red Cross is helping four families affected by the fire. No one was else was injured.

One Dead, Two Injured In Galewood Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — One woman is dead after a fire destroys a house in Galewood. Another person who was injured is a Chicago police officer. CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen has the details. Investigators said the 55-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A 55-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The call came in early Saturday morning just after 3:00. A woman who lives across the street said she heard several loud booms like an explosion. She went to check and saw the massive fire. CPD officers said they arrived on the scene first and went door to door trying to tell neighbors to get out. Investigators said an officer was hurt while clearing the building with minor burns to his arm. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Julia Chavez said she was screaming for her neighbors to get out. The fire had already spread to the building next door. “I was there banging. I was screaming because I could see the other house burning,” said Chavez. “It was scary.” The American Red Cross is helping four families displaced by the fire. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Woman Found Dead In West Englewood Fire

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 38-year-old woman was killed in an apartment fire early Thursday in the West Englewood neighborhood.

The fire started shortly after midnight at a two-story apartment building near 57th and Throop.

A neighbor said he saw the fire coming from an air conditioning unit in the window of a second-story apartment. He ran around the outside of the building, knocking on windows and doors to try to get everyone out.

“I tried to go in the building, but it was real smoky upstairs. So I went around to the back, jumped the gate, and knocked on the door, and let the people know; alerted them to come up out the building,” said the neighbor, who identified himself only as Pha’tal.

The flames were contained to one apartment. When firefighters arrived, they found a 38-year-old woman dead in the bedroom.

Authorities have not yet released the victim’s name, but friends and neighbors described her as a sweet and special woman who was loved by the community.

“We are all saddened by the loss of her, but we still will always have her loving spirit in our hearts,” Anitra Smith said.

Fire Department officials said there was one smoking detector in the hallway of the building, but it was not working, and there were no working smoke detectors in the apartment.

The Fire Department, Chicago Police and the ATF were investigating the cause of the fire, A police K-9 unit was brought to the scene, and an SUV parked outside the building was towed away later Thursday morning.

Curie Fire In South San Jose 90 Percent Contained

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Curie Fire at Santa Teresa County Park that began Tuesday afternoon has burned 100 acres and is 90 percent contained as of this morning, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Pam Temmermand said there have not been any injuries or damage to structures in the surrounding area.

The fire was first reported at Curie Drive and San Ignacio Avenue at 2:58 p.m. The quick-moving fire had the potential to grow to more than 300 acres if firefighters were unable to contain it, Capt. Daniel Vega said on Tuesday.

A shelter-in-place order was in effect for occupants in the surrounding area. IBM and the Muriel Wright School “Girls Ranch” were evacuated but Vega said there was no threat to homes.

Firefighters stopped the forward progress of the fire toward the IBM building with an air attack on Tuesday evening, but the blaze was endangering structures as it burned through flash fuels, such as dry pine needles, leaves and grass.

Cal Fire officials worked with San Jose firefighters in a unified command, according to Vega.

 

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Transient Suspected Of Starting Fire In Millbrae Park Arrested

MILLBRAE (CBS SF) — A 38-year-old female transient was arrested on suspicion of starting a fire at Green Hills Park in Millbrae on Tuesday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded at 1:46 p.m. and took Norma Navarro into custody after witnesses identified her as the suspect who allegedly started the blaze at the park at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Ludeman Lane, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said fire crews with the Central County Fire Department quickly extinguished the blaze.

Navarro has been booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility on suspicion of arson.

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