• FIRE: On Jan. 7, a fire in an apartment building, at 1:41 p.m., in the 700 block of 10th Street sent firefighters into action. Crews encountered a large pile of clothes on fire in a sixth floor apartment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire was largely extinguished by a sprinkler system. Damage is estimated at $1,000.
• FIRE: On Jan. 8, unattended cooking, at 1:59 p.m., led to a kitchen fire in the 400 block of 20th Street. Platoon 3 responded and quickly put the fire out which had extended to the wall and the kitchen cabinets. Damage was estimated at $2,000.
• FIRE: On Jan. 9, Platoon 4’s busy night cycle continued with a fire, at 9:11 p.m., in a house in the 600 block of 25th Street. The fire extended from the kitchen to the second floor of the home. No one was home at the time of the fire. Damage was listed at $27,000 and evidence was collected by fire investigators who are now processing it.
• FIRE: On Jan. 9, as crews were fighting the fire on 25th Street, another fire call came in, for a blaze in the 500 block of 23rd Street. This fire was also caused by unattended cooking. Damage was set at $4,500.
• FIRE: On Jan. 10, Platoon 2 was summoned, at 11:36 a.m., to the 2400 block of MacKenna Avenue for a structure fire. Firefighters were on the scene for two hours battling the blaze. The fire caused $20,000 damage and was blamed on the improper use of a cheap extension cord supplying a space heater.
• FIRE: On Jan. 11, combustible metals ignited, at 2:12 a.m, at an industrial facility at the intersection of Hyde Park Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue. Platoon 1 responded and encountered heavy smoke from the fire. Police shut down Buffalo Avenue for two hours. Since water cannot be used on combustible metal fires because that would cause a severe explosion, firefighters used specialized chemicals to douse the blaze.
• FIRE: On Jan. 12, a 2005 Cadillac was fully involved in fire, at 2:41 a.m., when Engine 8 arrived at Packard Court. Damage was pegged at $8,500 and the cause remains under investigation.