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Kankakee: hosptial fire does $25,000 damage

Kankakee fire officials pegged Monday's emergency room fire at Prescent St. Mary's hospital at $25,000.  The fire was intentionally set. 

An un-identified patient being treated in one of the exam rooms set the bed on fire early Monday morning.  The fire triggered the sprinkler system and created quite a mess.  The ER was shut down for the rest of the day for clean-up. 

No injury was reported.  Criminal charges are beiubg reviewed by the Kankakee County State's Attorney.

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Iroquois County: Woodland school sold

The Watseka Unit Nine School District has sold the Woodland school building.  The school board had already decided to close the elementary bulding at the end of the current school year. 

The Cornerstone Ministries church group is the buyer.  The sale price was listed at $31,000.  The sale is effective at the end of the school year. 

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Kankakee Fire ruled arson

Kankakee Police say the apartment building fire last week that killed two young boys was intentionally set. A suspect has been questioned and formal charges are being reviewed by the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office.

In a statement released Monday, investigators state arson investigators and police detectives have ruled it was arson. Witnesses and building tenants have been interviewed.

The Wednesday morning fire is believed to have been started in a rear stairwell of the building on W. Station Street. Twenty-two people were displaced. Three adults and the two children were among the injured. A firemen was also injured.

Two year old Du'Shaun Watson died on Friday, and four year old Justice Stewart died Sunday.

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Weekend gunfire kills 53-year-old man in Kankakee

53-year-old Leon Tucker was identified as a gunshot victim killed Saturday on S. Harrison Avenue in Kankakee.

Kankakee police report Tucker was found lying in the street. He'd been shot several times.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner pronounced Tucker dead at 3:11 am.

No one has been arrested.

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Kankakee fire victims die of injuries

As the investigation into the cause of last week's fire in Kankakee continues, authorities report the two young boys pulled from the building have died.

The two and four-year-old died over the weekend at separate Chicago hospitals. Four-year-old Justice Stewart died Friday. Two-year-old Jushaun Watson died Sunday.
Three others were also injured in the overnight fire in the 800-block of W. Station Street.

The children were airlifted to the Chicago hospitals in critical condition.

There were 22 occupants in the upstairs apartments who were displaced. Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young reported two people jumped and three others were rescued from the building.

The fire started in the rear of the building where the laundry room and a back stairwell are located.

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