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Champaign and Urbana revise fire response jurisdictions

By Claire Textor

March 9, 2016

After 18 years, the Urbana Fire Department will no longer respond to incidents on private properties in Champaign.On March 1, the Champaign City Council voted unanimously to change the interpretation of an agreement between the Urbana and Champaign fire departments. “There were different interpreta...

Fraternity members in shock after house burns down

Fraternity members in shock after house burns down

By Aaron Navarro

February 1, 2016

As the flashing lights and loud sirens of fire and emergency responders’ trucks contrasted against the dark hours of the early morning, senior Phi Delta Theta member Robert Penicook was in shock. Sitting in a provided bus, Penicook stared at the smoking, blazing shell of his home.“At first I was just ...

House fire affecting students still under investigation

House fire affecting students still under investigation

By Daily Illini Staff Report

January 22, 2016

UPDATE: The residence at 908 S. Oak St. that caught fire early on Jan. 22 was confirmed to be a senior house of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. According to a report issued by the Champaign Fire Department, firefighters appeared on the scene at 3:51 a.m. and had the fire under control by 7:06 ...

UPDATE: Illini-Alert issued for 600 block of White Street

UPDATE: Illini-Alert issued for 600 block of White Street

By Daily Illini Staff Report

May 14, 2015

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m. — According to a press release from John Kroll, Champaign Fire Department fire marshal, fire crews responded to a call about a fire at 604 E. White St. at 8:18 p.m. Upon arrival, crews noticed "heavy fire" from the second story extending to the third story, on the north...

Accident on I-57 closes road, causes evacuations

By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 2, 2015

A tanker carrying a substance used in manufacturing shampoo overturned on I-57 in Champaign Saturday, causing area homes to be evacuated. The crash, which happened around 7 a.m., is causing reroutes going both northbound and southbound on I-57, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police. B...

Fire reported at Empire Chinese Restaurant

Fire reported at Empire Chinese Restaurant

By Daily Illini Staff Report

April 5, 2014

Champaign firefighters responded to a fire at Empire Chinese Restaurant, 410 E. Green St. at 4:17 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the front of the building, according to a press release from the Champaign Fire Department. The fire initially started in the restaurant’s kitchen and al...

Fire crews respond to early morning fire on First Street

By Daily Illini Staff Report

March 7, 2014

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a report of a large fire at 808 South First St. at around 1 a.m. Friday morning. The fire was located inside the basement of the Roland Realty apartment building, according to a press release from the Champaign Fire Department. No smoke or flames could be seen fr...

Crews respond to late night fire on John Street

By Daily Illini Staff Report

January 21, 2014

The Champaign Fire Department responded to a fire in an apartment building at 207 E. John St. at around midnight Monday night. The fire was located in a storage room in a parking garage at the apartment building, according to Champaign Fire Marshal John Koller. The building was evacuated, and the fire w...

C-U combats arson, fewer cases in 2013

By Brittney Nadler

November 14, 2013

Four arsons have hit Champaign since Aug. 1, although the total number of cases has decreased since last year, said Champaign Fire Marshal John Koller.  “I don’t know that this is anything unusual, necessarily,” he said. “When we have a cluster of a few close together in the same neighborhood, that...