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Cissna Park house fire, no injuries reported

More than two dozen firemen from four departments responded to a house fire north of Cissna Park Monday. No injury was reported. Extensive damage was done to a single-story ranch. Officials reported the fire spread from a fireplace to the attic.

Cissna Park, Buckley, Loda and Milford responded shortly before 11:30 am. to 114 W. Hislop Drive in the Kellart Lake subdivision. Its located off of Illinois 49.

Owner Larry Martyn and his wife were using their fireplace when they smelled smoke and called 911.

The damage was isolated to the living room and attic but was "pretty extensive," Young said.

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Snow Routes in effect, make way for snow plows

                                             Sunday Update:  March 2, 1014

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight tonight (Sunday).  Accumulation of snowfall is likely between 4 to 7 inches.  Snow covered roads are making travel hazardous. Decreasing temps and increased winds will also become a factor.

Area municipalities are advising citizens that emergency snow routes have been implemented. Vehicles will have to be removed from city/village streets to allow snow plows to clear routes.

Snow routes will be in effect at least through Monday.

Emergency routes will have priority. Motorists are warned to slow down and move over for all emergency vehicles.

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Barn fire kills 4-H animals in Newton County

BROOK, IN --- Forty-seven hogs and five goats died in a rural barn fire west of Brook, Indiana in Newton County. The barn was destroyed Friday night. The animals lost were 4-H projects for the upcoming 4-H season.


Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Chief Kyle Conrad reported the barn owners Ryan and Jennifer Kindig, were home when the fire started.


Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire received the call just before 11:00 pm. Automatic mutual aid was provided by the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department and additional assistance was requested for Goodland and Morocco fire departments. Newton County EMS was on standby at the scene alongside officers from the Brook police department and Newton County Sheriff's Department.


Crews remained on scene until after 1:00 am Saturday morning. Two Brook firefighters received minor injuries due to falls on the ice but did not receive medical attention.


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Police seek help in finding missing girl

A 16-year-old Kankakee girl is the subject of a missing-person report.

Shameka (Shuh-ME-kuh) Brown has been missing since February 1st.

She's 5 feet, two inches and 120 pounds. The Kankakee Police website describes the African-American girl as having brown eyes and black hair, although her hair may be dyed another color.

Anyone with info about Shameka's whereabouts should call Kankakee Police 815-933-0426.

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Bourbonnais fire leaves six people homeless

A single-story house was gutted by fire Friday, leaving a family of six homes in Bourbonnais. The American Red Cross is assisting two adults and four children who lived on Cardinal Drive.


Bourbonnais Fire Protection District personnel were called at 6:14 a.m. to 1602 Cardinal Drive, for a fire in the two-car garage.


Bourbonnais Fire Chief Ed St. Louis said his department responded to a garage fire about 6:15 am. Firemen found the structure engulfed in flames. The family was able to get out and call 9-1-1.
St. Louis said there was smoke damage to the house's attic and kitchen. He estimated damage at between $60,000 and $70,000.


Investigators were looking for the cause.


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