Sycamore, Illinois Fire Department news
Local police and fire officials are reporting an increase in fireworks-related calls since the COVID-19 pandemic began – though it’s unclear whether the pandemic prompted the hike. DeKalb Police Chief David Byrd said the department has received about 178 fireworks related calls for 2021 so far, with about 75 of those calls coming around the Fourth of July holiday period.
Illinois State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, announced the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal awarded a $13,363.98 grant to the Sycamore Fire Department and $26,000 grant to the Burlington Community Fire Protection District as part of the state’s 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program.
The Sycamore Fire Department was among those 149 fire agencies across the state awarded a cumulative $3.3 million from the Office of the Illinois Fire Marshal’s Small Equipment Grant Program.
DeKalb County’s regional fire fighting strike team headed to Rockton Monday evening to aid more than 150 firefighters in battling a blaze at the Chemtool Inc plant on the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
A Sycamore family is without a home after a blaze late Sunday night on Old State Road gutted the two-story building, which was deemed uninhabitable. It's the second of its kind in the Sycamore area over the weekend.
A Clare family is without a home after a residential fire Saturday evening led nearly two-dozen fire agencies to work collectively to fight the flames in the rural unincorporated town, an effort which officials said was made more challenging due to the heat wave and no nearby fire hydrants.
The Sycamore Fire Department is offering a Knox Box loan program for Sycamore residents to help save time in an emergency.
Update: A Kirkland man has been identified after he was killed in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Illinois Route 64 and First Street Wednesday afternoon. One of the drivers was cited for disobeying a stop sign.
Update: One driver is dead after a fatal three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Illinois Route 64 and First Street, confirmed DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday. Route 64, which was closed on both sides from West Motel Road to Glidden Road, is now open.