When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
319.  FIRE LOG           Go to the Table of Contents Home Page 1982                            


January 2— "Square" commercial fire at 714 Jackson St. $50-75,000 damage, occupied by Blagg Furniture Store, Charleston Travel Bureau & Aducci's Pizza Restaurant, "Dog" survives after-all; Thank you from CFD for help for firemen

January 6— Residential fire at 1815 McKinley, smoke detector awakes family members, heavy structural damage $18,500 damage (est. total)

January 7— Residential fire at 1503 Jackson, (totaled)

January 13— Chief Taylor gives advice on "How to stop winter fires"

January 14— Report from the National Fire Data Center reveals Coles County fire death rate high

January 22—1981 Annual Fire Report reveals car fires up, one big fire prevented a low fire loss

March 3— Chief Melvin Taylor admitted to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (kidney stone—was passed)

March 5— Comm. John Beusch takes job with Jim Edgar's Sec. of State campaign; Mayor Bob Hickman takes Springfield job with Edgar, also

March 22— Mattoon Battalion Chief & 34 year fireman, Bryan "Horsefly" McCoy announces retirement (close friend of Chief Taylor)

March 30-- Chief Taylor & Inspector Horn show fire safety film at Senior Citizens Center

May 5~ Possible city employee raises announced; larger water main project, projected to increase fire protection, lower insurance rates

July 8—New Zealand firemen visit Charleston

July 10— Hydrants painted according to color code for amount of water volume at each

August 10— Cow barn fire at Coles County Fair grounds

August 21— Annual Ambulance Service Report from Tom Watson

September- 1952 Quad International fire truck put up for sale (L.F.P.D. didn't need it any more)

October 3— Mayor Hickman signs proclamation declaring Oct. 3-9 as Fire Prevention Week & Smoke Detector Awareness Week

October 6— Sparky the Firedog visits children, other Fire Prevention Week activities by CFD; false alarms at EIU Stevenson & Andrew Halls were not malicious (electronic errors)

October 12— Residential fire at 1214 Madison Ave., home of Larry Morris & family; helicopter demonstration at Wilb Walker's lot on rescue




November 5-- Report by Carol Watson (Sarah Bush Health Center) on dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

November 8—Charleston fire protection (insurance rate) drops from 6 to 5

November 9— Barn fire at Dr. Henry Hofacker of Charleston, called suspicious; CFD receives a performance rating of 5 out of 10 (this is an improvement of 2 points since 1977)

November 10— Trailer fire at the 18th St. trailer court, "unauthorized occupancy", owned by the Charleston National Bank

November 11— Ordinance placed on file stating that new firemen must be trained at the Champaign Fire Institute before starting work; must become an EMT within one year of hiring

November 23— Unreported fire at Charleston Holiday Inn & other location draw complaints from Chief Taylor

December 1— A resolution of the 1981 EIU "40 point violation" inspection seems found with State Fire Marshal's office

December 31— Warnings from Chief Taylor for Charleston citizens to watch out for January winter fire dangers