Thursday, April 25, 2013
A New Lenox family was forced out of their home when fire broke out about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday on Reagan Road.
New Lenox Fire Protection District and seven other assisting fire departments worked for about 40 minutes to douse the flames in a one-story home with a loft. The fire started about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at 13133 Reagan Road in unincorporated New Lenox. No one was injured in the blaze, said New Lenox Fire Protection Chief Jon Mead. Firefighters struggled to with the loft area, where smoke was continuing to billow more than 90-minutes later. The owners, Dan and Janet Remes and their two children, 21-year-old Ashley and 17-year-old Cody escaped injury. The family has not been able to find their dog, a jack russel. Mead said the cause of the fire is yet undetermined. However, he estimates damage at around $100,000. The biggest problem …
Monday, August 27, 2012
New Lenox Fire Protection District honors Jaymes Hendry with a Citizen's Heroism Award
For a 15-year-old, it's no big deal to stay up most of the night playing video games on a hot summer evening when there is no school or job to attend in the morning. But for Donna and Ed Mikulas, of unincorporated New Lenox, it was a matter of life and death. In the wee hours of the morning, about 3:30 a.m., on July 25, Jaymes Hendry was distracted by the sound of broken glass. Then he spotted a fire climbing up the side of the neighbor's home. "I went and woke up my parents," he told New Lenox Patch. While his father, Paul, dialed 911, Jaymes and his mother, Jamie, rushed next door to alert the neighbors. "They were asleep," she said. "We kept pounding on the door and ringing the doorbell." Jaymes said, "It took about 15 minutes to get …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Traffic along Cedar Road was blocked for several hours.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
No one was injured in the Aug. 16 blaze, which occurred at Cedar and Lenox roads.
A pre-dawn fire destroyed the second story of a 100-year-old home today in the 1400 block of Cedar Road near Lenox Street. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. Twelve hours after the initial alarm, Mead said the investigation into the cause of the blaze continues. About 40 percent of the house—mostly the second story—is completely gone. However, the first floor could be repaired, he added. Mead said the cause of the blaze is yet undetermined along with an estimate of the home's value. The fire department was notified of the blaze at 2:54 a.m. Home owner Daniel Poetzinger said he was at work, which is about 45 minute drive away, when the fire started. The burglar alarm went off at 2:43 a.m., but he didn't see the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
No one was inside a garage went a fire originated from a lawn mower.
A garage caught fire at a New Lenox home Tuesday night, but no one was inside at the time. The New Lenox Fire Protection District was called to a home in the 100 block of Second Avenue at 7:35 p.m., and firefighters were there for about an hour. Fire Chief Jon Mead said he believes the fire originated in a lawnmower, but he wasn't sure exactly what caused it. Heavy smoke poured into the sky near Cedar Road and Haven Avenue, drawing neighbors and others out of their homes to watch. Mead said the interior of the garage was destroyed but the structure wasn't. You might also like to read: 'Like' New Lenox Patch on Facebook for a different take.