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Fires & Explosions

Fire on the 50th Floor at John Hancock Building Injures Five

A fire broke out in an apartment on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Building Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21, 2015) on Michigan Avenue as thousands prepared to watch the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival that included a parade of 40 floats in anticipation of the holiday season. Five people were injured, most suffering smoke inhalation. Among the injured was a Chicago police officer. The apartment...
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Tragic Garage Explosion in Mundelein

A garage explosion that rocked the far north suburban neighborhood of Mundelein has reportedly left one person killed and another injured, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Fire officials responded to numerous calls from residents in the area of the 900 block of Killanary Pass Drive at about 11:30 a.m. Friday (Jan. 2, 2015). Fire officials reported that the explosion started in the...
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Five High School Students Injured in Explosion During Cooking Class at Chicago High School

Five teenagers reportedly were injured this morning (Wednesday, 2/19/14) following an explosion at Northside College Prep High School in the 5500 block of Kedzie Avenue, according to ABC­7 News in Chicago. Four teens were taken to area hospitals where early reports indicate that one student suffered facial burns. One student is in serious to critical condition, two are in fair condition and one is in good condition, fire officials reported to the press. A fifth student declined treatment. Chicago firemen reported to ABC­7 that at least one student suffered facial burns. Another was burned on both arms, according to media reports. Apparently a single ­burner stove overheated hot chocolate that exploded, according to media reports. The Chicago Sun­-Times reported that the gas burner ignited, sending flames to the ceiling. The explosion was so loud that it could be heard in the next classroom and students began running out of the room, ABC­7 reported...
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Four Students Hurt in Northside Prep Lab Explosion

Four students reportedly were injured in an explosion during a cooking class at Northside Prep High School on Chicago's North Side. Students reportedly were heating hot chocolate in a lab Wednesday (2/19/14) morning when the explosion occurred. One student was taken to Masonic Medical Center with injuries that were reported to be non-life-threatening. Two other students were taken in fair to serious condition to Swedish...
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Some Helpful Tips on Explosions and Who You Can Contact

Follow a two-part strategy to prevent gasoline can fires or explosions. First, seriously consider buying a gas can with a flame arrester. Often called "safety cans," these containers are normally made of metal rather than plastic. Many feature a spring-loaded cap that closes automatically. Major manufacturers of safety cans include Eagle and Justrite, and prices range from $35 to $75 depending on the size of...
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