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Indiana warehouse burns: From Monticello on Tuesday a fire in a warehouse full of pallets. Click here for details.

NEW- Deputy chief charged with rape allowed to return to work: Full duty status in Bourne, Massachusetts for Deputy Chief Paul Weeks. Chief Weeks entered a plea of not guilty last week to two charges of rape and one of oral rape. Read more. Click here for the story that immediately followed Chief Weeks’ arrest.

Banned in Baltimore: Helmet-cams and other cameras are not allowed to be used by firefighters responding on calls  in Baltimore. There was a reminder sent out on Tuesday of a previous order covering this issue. Read the details.

St. Elmo's fire: An explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline company in St. Elmo, Illinois on Wednesday afternoon left two workers injured. Click the image to read and watch more on the story.
St. Elmo’s fire: An explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline company in St. Elmo, Illinois on Wednesday afternoon left two workers injured. Click the image to read and watch more on the story.

More significant news in Baltimore: The fire service won this round in the battle to keep home builders from killing or weakening residential sprinkler requirements. Firehouse.com’s Susan Nicol Kyle reports from Wednesday’s International Code Council meeting. 

One more from Baltimore: Both the officers and firefighters unions vote for the furlough option as the lesser of two evils in their negotiations with the city. Click here to read and watch the story
 
Fire company sues manufacturer over crash: In Edmonton, Kentucky, the North Metcalfe VFD says an improperly installed tank on a tanker allowed the rig to overturn, injuring two firefighters. Read more
 
Citizen shuts down fire station: LAFD’s Station 42 in Eagle Rock was evacuated on Wednesday for an hour after a citizen brought in what looked like an explosive device. It turned out to be a smoke grenade. Read more.
 
Arson ring arrest: Firegeezer has a lot of details and video from the arson ring finally shut down in New Castle, PA.
 
NEW- Firefighters assaulted: One firefighter was punched the other had his watch broken by a man they were trying to help in Lockport, NY. Click here for the story.
 
NEW- I wonder if they will soap your window or TP the lawn if the answer is no: In Prince George’s County, Maryland firefighters will be going door to door on Halloween with the following message, “Trick or treat, we want to hear beep, beep, beep.”  If the answer is yes PIO Mark Brady tells us in his press release that the “homeowner will receive coupons good for complimentary popcorn and soda from AMC Movie Theatres.”
 
NEW- Part time chief only lasts two days: In Davenport, Florida the man hired at the start of last week to be the part time fire chief had to quit two days later. He had received a promotion at his full time job that no longer gave him the flexibility he needed to handle both positions. Read more.

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