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Firefighter Overtime Costs Surge To Estimated $43 Million

Posted 11.04.2013 | Chicago

Massive overtime costs for Chicago public servants: It's not just for the police department. Total overtime payouts are projected to hit roughly $...

Police: Angry Girlfriend Started Apartment Fire That Injured 6

Posted 07.11.2013 | Chicago

Six people, including one child, were injured in a blaze on Chicago's South Side late Wednesday that police say was started by a woman arguing with he...

Women Who Filed Lawsuit Over Firefighter Exam Getting Second Chance

Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago

More than 100 women are getting what they say is, at long last, a fair crack at joining the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department. Over the weekend...

College-Bound Teen Killed In West Side Fire While Visiting Boyfriend

Posted 02.21.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago teen described by family and friends as "loving" and "open-hearted" was killed in a house fire early Thursday. Tamisha Davidson, 18, was...

Safety Of City Ambulances In Question; Wheels, Doors Falling Off

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp | Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Safety of ambulance fleet questioned after wheels, door fall off several vehicles. Thi...

How Much Did CFD's Life-saving Hold Down 2012 Murder Numbers?

Barbara Popovic | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

Our weekly news discussion program Chicago Newsroom tackled Wrigley Field renovations and Midway privatization this week.

Husky Pup Rescued From Freezing Lake Michigan

DNAinfo Chicago | Benjamin Woodard | Posted 01.02.2013 | Chicago

Story by Benjamin Woodard, courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago ROGERS PARK — The gods smiled favorably upon Zeus the Siberian husky Tuesday night. The...

Pair Of Young Siblings Left Alone Die In Englewood House Fire

Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago

Two young siblings killed in a deadly Englewood home fire early Saturday were reportedly left in an unsupervised home with two other children, accordi...

Salutes And Honors As Chicago Firefighter Is Laid To Rest

Posted 11.21.2012 | Chicago

Described by colleagues as both "tough" and "a great guy," firemen, friends and family said their goodbyes to Walter Patmon Jr., the Chicago firefight...

Firefighter Dies Within Hours Of Returning From Fire

Posted 11.12.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Fire Department has lost another one of its own following a small fire in the Beverly neighborhood Sunday night. Walter Patmon Jr., 61...

Beloved Fire Captain Dies After Saving Families From Burning Home

Posted 11.04.2012 | Chicago

Known affectionately as "Herbie," Chicago Fire Department Capt. Herbert Johnson died after saving several families--including many with small children...

WATCH: Firefighters Talk Dog Off Ledge

Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago

Chicago firefighters rescued a possibly suicidal, but more likely confused, dog from a ledge in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday afternoon....

As Relationship Simmers Between Chicago Fire Commissioner and IG, Management Questions Persist

Alden Loury | Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago
Alden Loury

Commissioner Joseph Hoff -- presumably depicted as the younger brother in the film Backdraft who rode along with his firefighter-father -- is now at the center of a controversy involving fire department "ride alongs."

Woman Unknowingly Takes Elevator To Her Death

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

A woman returning to her North Side apartment was killed Sunday morning when she took the elevator to her floor -- not knowing that a fire was raging ...

Building Owner Faces Contempt Charges After Firefighters' Deaths

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Charges were filed Wednesday against the owner of a vacant building that collapsed one year ago and killed two Chicago firefighters. Chuck Dai, of ...

City Fireman And Son Allegedly Robbed, Beat Man For His Wallet

Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago firefighter and his son allegedly beat and robbed a man Saturday in the city's Bridgeport neighborhood. Eduardo Castro, 48, of the 1400 b...

Chicago Police Officer Accuses Firefighter Of Assault During Marine Rescue

Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago police officer is calling for the arrest of a Chicago fire captain who he claims assaulted him during a marine rescue earlier this month. ...

Chicago Fire Department May Be Moving In With Chicago Police

Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

The city's next cost-cutting measure could be making roommates out of the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Police Department. The Chicago Su...

Cops: Man Stole, Crashed Ambulance While Inebriated

Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man was charged Sunday with taking an ambulance for a late night joyride and causing more than $100,000 in damages -- all while inebriated. ...

Feds Blame Department For Deaths Of Two Chicago Firefighters

NBC Chicago | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

A federal investigation into the blaze that killed two Chicago firefighters last December says lack of communication, lack of radios and lack of a vac...

WATCH: Lincoln Park Building Collapses In Extra-Alarm Fire

Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

A three-story brick home dating back to 1888 collapsed during an extra-alarm fire in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood Friday afternoon. The fire...

City To Fire Four Of 54 Firefighters Accused Of Mileage Expense Fraud

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff moved Thursday to fire only four of the 54 firefighters accused of drastically padding their mileage expense rep...

Four Firefighters Injured In Englewood Blaze

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: Speaking at the Loyola University Hospital Friday, Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff reported the condition of the two severely injure...

Neighbors Rescue Burn Victim From Ravenswood Fire

Posted 10.22.2011 | Chicago

Two residents of a burning Ravenswood apartment rescued a critically injured neighbor during an early Monday fire. Nick Salazar, one of the two ne...

Aldermen Become Firefighters For A Day | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

Alderman John Arena (45th ward) may have been given the nickname "landslide" by Ald. Ed Burke (22nd), but on Thursday he may have earned himself a new...