Thursday, November 15, 2012
Firefighters responded to a fire in the 800 block of Bryant Avenue early Thursday morning. No one was injured.
Winnetka Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 800 block of Bryant Avenue on Thursday morning. No one was injured in the fire. The fire was mostly in the back of a house under construction at 807 Bryant Avenue and did not affect nearby homes, according to Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky. “The house from the front actually does not look like there was a problem but all the fire was at the back of the house,” Berkowsky said. “When we got there we found heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the house on the first floor.” The fire originated in the basement of the house. When firefighters responded to the call at 3:40 a.m. they had to use a pike pole to test the floors because fire had burnt through the first floor …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Local fire officials are warning residents that fireworks at home should be avoided due to lack of rainfall and subsequent threat of fires.
With much of northern Illinois in a moderate drought, local fire and emergency management officials are warning residents of the potential risk of fire caused by fireworks. "All of the Winnetka department heads will be meeting July 3 to discuss plans for the holiday, if dry weather persists the fire department will go out on July 4 and soak down the area where fireworks are shot off from to reduce the risk of fire," said John Ripka, Winnetka deputy fire chief. Ripka said residents should be extremely careful due to the dry conditions if fireworks are shot off at home, though he advises that be avoided. "We rely on residents to be diligent," Ripka said. "Any fireworks can produce sparks that can start wildfires when conditions are very …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The fire department will be testing fire hydrants during the weekdays, as part of routine yearly checks.
The Winnetka Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until the end of August. The fire department conducts these tests every summer to ensure the hydrants are functioning properly. “We do basic maintenance on them to make sure they operate when we need them,” Captain Tom Hutchison said. “We want to make sure there is no damage to them, and we just need them in general good working condition.” Because of the testing, the water in homes near the hydrants being tested that week may become discolored. The water is safe to drink, however the discolored water may damage laundry. To flush the discoloration out of the water, run the faucet for several minutes, or until the water turns clear. If the …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Local businesses, vendors fill streets with bargains.
The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce held its annual summer sidewalk sale on Friday and Saturday. Businesses and vendors took up the sidewalks of Northfield's shopping district as well as the shopping district near Hubbard Woods and on West and East Elm Street. Read more, watch more: Check out our photo gallery on Patch. A new addition this year was the Go Green Fair held Saturday afternoon. The fair strived to shove easy ways people could be more environmentally conscious, such as using compact florescent light bulbs, a showcase of bicycles, a fresh foods cooking demonstration, and more.