Why We Search: Oak Park, IL

After the previous owner left, six months ago, the home was “vacant.”


Sunday, in Oak Park Illinois, a 17-year old boy was rescued from a house fire. First arriving companies found “heavy smoke” pushing from the front of the two-story single-family dwelling. Firefighters located and removed the unconscious teen. Earlier neighbors had been in the rear, trying to get to the young man, where he was heard hollering “help me, help me!”

“Davis said the Whites had moved out “a while back.” Another neighbor, who did not know the family, said the house has been vacant for the past six months.”
“Teen injured in Oak Park house fire”, OakPark-Leaves.com

The Oak Park fire should remind all of us that “vacant” may not necessarily mean dilapidated and run down. Given the current economy and housing market, we should expect to find many good-looking vacant homes.





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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
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