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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Burton Clark
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All we need is one lesson with two parts. Follow all the S.O.Ps 100% correct, 100% of the time. Reason, anything less can get you and others killed. It also makes you a professional and defines a good firefighter.
2014-08-29 13:43:35
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2014-08-23 01:12:28
Ben Waller
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Actually, the "Women and children first" idea cane from the sinking if the HMS Birkenhead. Now known as "The Birkenhead Drill", this stemmed from the ship beginning to sink, an inadequate number of lifeboats, and the Royal Marines and soldiers on board being called to formation and standing in ranks while the ships crew put…
2014-08-21 11:25:14
Ron Ayotte
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bing-freaking-o!
2014-08-21 02:49:30
Brian Gary
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2014-08-21 02:04:23
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