Evansville Fire Department

Fire wakes residents, severly damages apartments

Sep 28, 2017

An early-morning fire sent residents running from an apartment complex on Evansville’s East Side.

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 5408 Brentwood Court at 2:05 a.m.

They found a working fire and residents fleeing the burning building.

Flames broke through the roof and police blocked traffic on the nearby Lloyd Expressway as firefighters battled the blaze.

There were no serious injuries reported among residents or firefighters.

Cause of Hercules Ave. blast to remain undetermined

Sep 28, 2017

The Evansville Fire Department says it won’t be able to determine the cause of the deadly blast on Hercules Avenue. 

EFD Battalion Chief Charles Hertzberger told WNIN that investigators can’t make a final determination on the June 27th explosion that leveled the house at 1717 Hercules.

Hertzberger blamed “the extent of the explosion, fire, and damage to evidence” caused by firefighters’ efforts to rescue victims. 

He said the department “might suspect one thing or the other,” but cannot make a “final, fact-based determination of why the explosion occurred.”

Autopsies set for Wednesday after deadly explosion

Jun 28, 2017

Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday afternoon following an explosion and fire that leveled an Evansville home.

Fire crews recovered the bodies of two people from the collapsed house at 1717 Hercules Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Two adults and one child escaped the flames and were taken to hospitals.

The names of the people killed and two of the people injured have not been released.

EFD accepting online arson tips

Jun 23, 2017

The Evansville Fire Department is seeking arson tips online. 

The fire department’s website now features a page called “Submit Arson Tip,” where you can click a logo that takes you to an email page.

You can find it at evansvillegov.org.

In a news release, the department says arson hurts neighborhoods and the entire city.

Fire departments across the U.S. responded to nearly 54,000 intentional structure fires between 2005 and 2009.

They say most fires are started between 3 p.m. and midnight.

McCurdy close to welcoming residents

May 18, 2017

Friday could be moving day for residents hoping to get into the renovated McCurdy Hotel on Evansville’s riverfront.   

The notice on the agreement to let residents move into the McCurdy came in an email from Evansville Fire Department Public Information Officer Dan Grimm Thursday afternoon.

In the note, Grimm wrote that the building commission, the Evansville Fire Department and McCurdy developer The Kunkel Group have reached an agreement to resolve the remaining items on the pre-occupancy inspection checklist.