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The Normal Fire Department Headquarters Building
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Ten Town of Normal firefighters have returned to work following two weeks under quarantine, while five others remain sidelined as they recover from COVID-19.

Normal Fire Truck
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A fifth Normal firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19 as McLean County health officials announced four new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

The Normal Fire Department Headquarters Building
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Four Town of Normal firefighters have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly a dozen co-workers also may have been exposed.

Marriott Hotel
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Fire forced evacuation of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal on Thursday morning and heavily damaged a coffee and souvenir shop inside.

Bloomington and Normal fire chiefs said they have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for now. That includes masks, gloves, and gowns. 

Normal Fire Truck
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One of the difficulties in estimating the penetration of the novel coronavirus in Bloomington-Normal has been a lack of testing. As of Tuesday, there were only eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McLean County. Protocols have not called for testing everyone. Early on there was also a lack of swabs used to collect test matter from nasal passages, though that is rising.

Four people were displaced after a fire caused extensive damage to a home in Normal on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

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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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Firefighters point water at fire
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. 

Crews work on a house fire
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.

Parkside Junior High buss duct
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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.

Woman speaks to Normal council
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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.

Normal Moves Ahead With Fire Station Relocation

Nov 6, 2018
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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.

Firefighters enter a home
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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.

Normal Fire To Receive Two New Trucks

Aug 7, 2018
Town of Normal

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

First Alert website

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.