The Chicago Fire Department is concerned about people opening fire hydrants as they seek relief from the heat.
With snow piled high on many parkways in the city, the Chicago Fire Department has asked residents to give firefighters a helping hand, by digging out hydrants on their blocks.
Some Northwest Indiana residents say they live in no-man’s land and don’t feel they are protected if a fire was to break out.
With more snow coming, a lot of stuff is getting buried.
Chicago water mains have been doing fine in the subzero weather, but the temperatures have been tough on the fire hydrants.
Firefighters responded to the three-story building on the 4000 block of South Calumet Avenue around 12:30 a.m.
The heat and humidity could reach dangerous levels in the Chicago area this week, and could bring heat indexes of 100 degrees or higher for the next four days.
The city’s Water Department has been flooded in recent days with reports of open fire hydrants as people try to cool off amid the recent heat wave.
Criminals are disabling fire hydrants in order to make a fast buck. Underneath the caps, there is a brass ring fire fighters use to connect their hoses. CBS 2’s Dave Savini found criminals are stealing these rings, then selling them for scrap.
A lack of fire hydrants left firefighters struggling with an extra-alarm blaze in the Little Village neighborhood overnight.