Crystal Lake Fire Rescue – Ladder Truck

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The brand new E-ONE truck rolled in this morning to Crystal Lake Fire Station 1.

Lakewood Home mostly destroyed by fire

The sound of fire trucks never seemed to stop while I was watching my sons baseball game at Lippold park. From where we were watching the baseball game we were 1.5 miles from the fire and could see the smoke. Our neighbor had just dropped her son off for his baseball game and told me that a home in Brighton Oaks located behind our homes, was on fire. I quickly headed back to see the action.

Upon my arrival no flames were to be seen, but the sight and smell of smoke lingered in the air. Fire trucks lined the street and firefighters were everywhere.

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Wicked Lasers Flashlight can make Fire

The Torch is the world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight.
It is capable of melting plastic, lighting paper on fire within seconds, and if you like, fry an egg or a marshmallow on a stick. See a video below that shows how the flashlight burns up a pile of paper.

At 4100 lumens, The Torch is 100 lumens more powerful than The Polarion Helios, the former most powerful flashlight. Apparently Wicked Lasers has The Torch currently in review at the Guinness Book of World Records.

Measurements of the torch are 57mm x 230mm. The battery lasts for 15min. The 4100 lumens can be adjusted via a high efficiency reflector. The casing is made from aerospace grade aluminum.

The Torch sells for $299.99 (That’s a lot of matches) at the Wicked Lasers site.

See the video below that shows how this ‘red hot’ flashlight lights a pile of paper.

Asphalt company employee injured in fire

By TOM MUSICK, NORTHWEST HERALD, Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:25 AM CST

HUNTLEY – An asphalt-company employee was taken by ambulance to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin after a fire Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started about 2:30 p.m. near a conveyor belt outside Allied Asphalt Paving Co., 11900 Raymond Court, which is about a half-mile east of Route 47 and Kreutzer Road.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, said Chief Jim Saletta of the Huntley Fire Department.

Saletta said a male employee had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

When firefighters arrived, Saletta said, liquid asphalt was burning near large silos behind the building and sending flames and thick smoke into the air.

“It was a lot of black smoke,” Saletta said. “It was looking pretty dramatic there.”

Some witnesses reported hearing an explosion, Saletta said. Fire officials were investigating that and other possible causes Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and Rutland-Dundee fire departments also responded to the scene. Huntley police helped with traffic control.

Fire at asphalt plant

Copyright © 2006 Ernie Hagenow, All Rights Reserved

Special to the Northwest Herald / Ernie Hagenow

A fire burns Wednesday afternoon near a conveyor belt outside Allied Asphalt Paving Co., 11900 Raymond Court. Huntley firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but one plant employee was injured.