Kankakee Blaze Injures Two Firefighters, Leaves Three Children Home At Time


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Kankakee, IL – Two firefighters were injured Thursday night while battling a fierce two-story blaze in Kankakee that left three children homeless. The fire, which took four hours to extinguish, caused an estimated $175,000 in damages.

According to the Kankakee Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the 700 block of S. Wildwood Ave. around 7:15 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy flames pouring from the first-story unit and the attic of the two-unit home. The three children, who were home alone, managed to escape unharmed with their dog.

Firefighters from Wilmington, Manteno, Bourbonnais, and Bradley joined the Kankakee team to combat the intense blaze. Despite their efforts, two firefighters sustained injuries. Their conditions are currently unknown.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, but the incident remains under investigation. 


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