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Stubborn mulch fire is finally doused on Elgin-Bartlett border

Updated: February 13, 2013 11:18AM


Fire out after 38 hours: The smoky mulch fire at Midwest Compost, located on Spaulding Road just west of the Canadian National Railroad along the Elgin-Bartlett border, finally was extinguished at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The fire had been discovered at 10:48 p.m. Sunday in a pile of ground-up wood shreds about 30 feet high and several hundred feet in circumference. In the final hours, 16 volunteers manning two trucks affiliated with the Hanover Township Emergency Services Unit provided lighting for the firefighters from 5:30 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday. A Salvation Army canteen truck provided warm refreshments for the firefighters, who came from Elgin and nine other fire departments from as far west as Hampshire and Huntley. Battalion Chief Bryan McMahan said no foul play is suspected in the blaze, which he said likely started because of heat from the decomposing plant material. He said no estimates have been made of the value of the damage or the cost of fighting the fire.

Repair-garage burglary: A burglar pried open a door at the E&R Auto Repair garage at 360 Willard Ave. between 1 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday and stole several pieces of equipment, the owner told police. The intruder entered a customer’s car that was in the garage and tore out the car’s radio and air-conditioning controls.

Purse snatcher: A 56-year-old woman told police that a man tried to snatch her purse while she was leaving a dry cleaners at 1050 Summit St. on the afternoon of Feb. 4. She said the man grabbed the purse straps but she held on tight and after the man had dragged her about 12 feet down the sidewalk, he gave up and fled.

Apartment burglary: A woman told police someone broke into her apartment in the 1800 block of Mark Avenue while she and her family were asleep, between 1 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Friday, and stole $520 cash from her purse.

Sexual assault: A 32-year-old woman told police that when she agreed Monday afternoon to drive around with a 50-year-old man whom she had known for several months, he stopped his car in the parking lot of the Illinois Secretary of State Office Building at 595 S. State St. and began making unwelcome sexual advances. According to police reports, she phoned her husband with her cellphone, and he then called 911. Police went to the scene but found that the man already had left without injuring the woman.

Beaten downtown: A man was beaten bloody in an incident outside the Afterset tavern at 158 Symphony Way at about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said. The man, who said he is Puerto Rican, told police that two Hispanic men began hitting him with their fists after making disparaging remarks about Puerto Ricans. Police said the man had cuts on his forehead and mouth but declined medical said. The attackers could not be located.

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