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Firefighters respond to house fire in Evanston

(CHICAGO) The Evanston Fire Department responded to a house fire in Evanston on Thursday night.

About 9:07 p.m. firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the first floor door of the two-story house. Additional firefighters arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire about 10:10 p.m., which had started in the kitchen area of the first floor.

The resident on the building’s first floor was displaced and is being helped by the Red Cross. The two residents on the second floor will not be displaced.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Former Chicago firefighter gets 2 years of probation for molesting children

(CHICAGO) A former Chicago firefighter was sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to molesting five children he had baby-sat in his Little Village apartment.

Jose Moreno | Chicago Police
Jose Moreno | Chicago Police

Jose Moreno pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse stemming from his 2008 arrest for allegedly attacking the children who were in his care for three to four hours a day several days a week.

Moreno, now 54, had been on the fire department since 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Fire Department officials said Wednesday they believe that Moreno is no longer with the department.

Moreno has been diagnosed with leukemia, and under conditions of his probation, he is allowed to leave the jurisdiction to receive a stem-cell transplant at a hospital in Seattle.

All of Moreno’s victims were under 9, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Elizabeth Ciaccia said.

Moreno allegedly suspended some of the children from pegs on his wall while he molested them in his basement apartment in the building he owned in the 2500 block of South Millard Avenue.

Often, the children would witness the attacks on each other, prosecutors said.

Authorities think Moreno had been molesting the children as early as 2007.

Prosecutors said police noted holes in Moreno’s walls and recovered pegs used for hanging the victims; children’s underwear; child pornography; and pictures Moreno said he took of dolls simulating sex acts.

Officers also recovered a gun.

At the time of his arrest, Moreno told police he was sexually attracted to girls under 12 and even described one victim — then age 3 — as a “pretty girl with a pretty face.”

— Chicago Sun-Times

6 displaced, firefighter hurt in Fuller Park house fire

(CHICAGO) A firefighter was injured while battling a South Side house fire that displaced six Fuller Park neighborhood residents from their home Wednesday morning.

Crews responded about 4:15 a.m. to the blaze on the first floor of the two-story home in the 5000 block of South Princeton, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said.

The fire was under control within the hour, leaving five adults and a child displaced, officials said.

A firefighter who suffered an ankle injury while battling the blaze was taken in good condition to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Hernandez said.

The cause is under investigation.

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