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No one was injured after an apartment on Morgan Street in Normal caught fire Monday afternoon.

John Fermon at Bloomington Police headquarters
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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Coming Wednesday: WGLT examines how governments respond when social media creates controversy. 

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Normal Fire Department

UPDATED 11:30 a.m. | McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has identified the victim of a fatal house fire in Normal on Wednesday. 

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Normal Fire Department

Investigators say a fire that heavily damaged a home in Normal and sent one man to the hospital was caused by an electrical problem.

Crews work on a house fire
Normal Fire Department

A house fire in the 100 block of East Irving Street in Normal on Sunday evening sent one man to the hospital and heavily damaged the home located immediately south of the Normal Police station.

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Parkside Junior High School in Normal was spared of any building damage after an electrical fire broke out behind the building on Wednesday morning while students were on spring break.

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The months-long debate over plans to move a fire station behind the Blackstone Trails subdivision in Normal came to an end Tuesday night.

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Normal Town Council Monday approved the first step in relocating one of the town’s fire stations to the east side of Veterans Parkway.

An aerial view of land at Hovey and Shepard Roads in Normal.
Town of Normal

The Town of Normal is preparing the next phase of its plan to relocate its fire stations.

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Three people were hospitalized following a basement fire in Normal on Thursday morning.

Fire Investigators say they do not have an immediate cause of the fire that caused extensive damage to the Qik n EZ convenience store on east Vernon Avenue in Normal Tuesday morning.

The business will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, according to the Fire Department.

Town of Normal

The Normal Fire Department will receive new fire trucks to replace two that suffered from fire damage and corrosion.

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Illinois residents will be purchasing new 10-year battery life smoke alarms before a 2023 deadline to comply with the law. Bloomington-Normal residents, however, have the opportunity to grab one for free.

An overnight fire destroyed a garage and vintage vehicles and motorcycles inside.

The scorched corner of a home
Normal Fire Department

You probably thought the only danger from puffy cottonwood seeds drifting in thick clouds as they do this time of year was a nasty allergy attack. Not so.

Firefighters in Normal said someone flicked a cigarette onto a carpet of cottonwood fluff Thursday afternoon. The seeds acted like tinder, according to the fire department. Hot air from the fires caused the light seeds to lift off and float across the yards at 1703 and 1705 Taft, igniting several small patches of flame.

Normal Fire Department

An electrical problem in a cooler caused the accidental fire that badly damaged a liquor store near Illinois State University last week, officials said Monday.

Normal Fire Department

No injuries were reported after an early morning fire badly damaged a liquor store near Illinois State University's campus.

Matt Swaney / Normal Fire Department

A Normal home and its garage were damaged Wednesday night in a fire. There were no injuries.

Firefighter Gun Raffles Come Under Fire

Feb 26, 2018
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In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, some local firefighter organizations are coming under criticism by community activists and on social media for raffling off firearms during fundraisers.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

Chief Humer and Jeff Fritzen Unhooking the Hose
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Community leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Normal Fire Department's new headquarters.

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Bloomington-Normal residents were reminded Monday to check their smoke detectors after authorities released the cause of a fatal condo fire in Normal.

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The McLean County coroner's office on Monday identified the 68-year-old woman who was killed in a fire at her Normal condominium building early Sunday.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A 68-year-old woman is dead after a fire that damaged several condominium units early Sunday in the 1500 block of Hunt Drive in Normal.

Normal Council Mulls Lawsuit Over Fire Trucks

Jul 6, 2017
Town Of Normal

The Normal Town Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a potential lawsuit against a fire truck maker.

Mayor Chris Koos said Pierce Manufacturing's trucks have a 50-year warranty but suffer from corrosion.

Fire Destroys Cars, Car Repair Business

Jun 29, 2017
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A late morning fire at a car repair business in Normal sent black, oily smoke towering into the air. The plumes were visible miles away.

The building was "fully involved" when firefighters arrived at 604 Orlando Avenue. The Normal Fire Department said the incident was escalated to a second alarm and off duty Normal firefighters were called in. A Bloomington Fire Department Rapid Intervention team responded as well. 

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Fire Chief Mick Humer guided the Normal City Council on a tour Monday evening of a new Normal fire station that's still under construction.

This station is located on Main Street between Osage and Dale streets and includes nearly 30,000 square feet. Headquarters will move from the station at College Avenue and Blair Drive and a fire station at the corner of Gregory and Adelaide streets. Seven firefighters, three officers, and one battalion chief will work at the new facility. Amenities such as a training room, kitchen, and workout room will be provided.

Bloomington Fire Department

Bloomington Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a west Bloomington house fire.

Firefighters responded at around 4:30 AM and found fire showing from all sides of the home. They quickly called in backup, including the Town of Normal Fire Department.

Crews were unable to enter the building and knocked down flames from the outside of the home. No one was home at the time of the fire. Damage to the structure, which was being remodeled, is estimated at $100, 000.

Normal Fire Department

Firefighters in Normal dealt with heat indices over 100 degrees in putting out a basement fire on Blair Drive.

Firefighters were called out shortly after noon Wednesday when homeowners flagged down a passing motorist.

The fire department reported deceptive smoke conditions led to an initial belief the flames were in the attic instead of the basement.

Damage to the one story ranch in the 400 Block of Blair Drive is estimated at more than 130,000 dollars, though firefighters say that may rise when investigators can gain access to the basement.

Normal Fire Department

A possible lightning strike caused a house fire in the Savannah Green subdivision in Normal Thursday morning.

The fire department says an official cause will have to wait for the investigation, but most of the damage to the home in the 1300 block of Oglethorpe Avenue was to the roof and attic.

Firefighters estimate damage at more than 60,000 dollars. There were no injuries from the two alarm fire that began during a thunderstorm about 7:30 a.m.