Five months after a fire severely damaged a school, it's time to accept bids for its restoration. This week, the Moline school board approved spending up to 4 1/2 million dollars at Franklin Elementary.

Franklin School Update

Sep 29, 2017

Classes could resume as soon as early next week for students and teachers at Franklin Elementary School in Moline. The school has been closed since Monday because of a fire last weekend that cause significant damage throughout the building.

Franklin School Update

Sep 28, 2017

A possible new location may have been found for some Moline students displaced by a fire last weekend. Thursday night the Moline School Board will hold an "emergency meeting."


Classes are cancelled for the rest of the week for Franklin Elementary School in Moline. A fire on Sunday caused significant damage, and it's not yet known when it might re-open.

Welcome Back, Lunardi's

Jun 15, 2017

Six months after fire closed a popular Quad Cities restaurant, it's re-opened. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday in Davenport for Lunardi's Italian Restaurant.

A fire truck sits in front of a building with smoke pouring out of the roof as Rock Island firefighters try to put out a fire at Jake O's Grille on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island.
Todd Mizener / Dispatch & Rock Island Argus

Traffic on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island is still blocked between 24th and 30th streets due to a fire. Around 4:00 a.m., firefighters were called to Jake O's Grille in the 2900 block, next to the Virdi Eye Clinic.

Blackhawk Road had to be closed because the fire hydrants are located on the north side with the restaurant on the south. And the building is located close to the road without room for fire trucks in the parking lot.

Crime Stoppers

Police are asking for help finding two men who may have set a Moline home on fire.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

Crime Stoppers and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department say early Sunday morning, firefighters and deputies were called to the 4000 block of 13th Street, in the Fruitland neighborhood.

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Authorities in Galesburg say a fire set to the building of the Boys and Girls Club was intentional-- and, police are asking the public to provide any information they can on the incident. Around 2 am this morning, fire crews were sent to the Carver Community Action Agency, on Depot Street.

Fire Displaces Loras College Students From Dorm

Mar 16, 2016
Danny Krasich / Submitted

A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the Visitation Residence Hall at Loras College in Dubuque.

Sue Hafkemeyer, Loras College communications director, says all 44 students in the hall were evacuated safely. The evacuated students received food, water and clothing at a nearby shelter. 

Fire fighters have not officially determined the cause of the fire, but it could have started after lightning struck during severe weather overnight.

Davenport Fire Department

Officials have released the name of the Davenport man killed in a fire early yesterday morning. 67-year-old Ronald Farrell was killed after a fire started in an apartment building in the 2700 block of Clark Street.