NBC’s Chicago Fire Star Joe Minoso is Making Pizza for a Great Cause

Joe Minoso, star of NBC’s hit series Chicago Fire, is also the official spokesperson for Shriners Hospital’s “Be Burn Aware” – a campaign that focuses on teaching adults and children how to be safe around electricity and non-fire related injuries. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Minoso will be on hand at Blaze Pizza to officially kick off their month-long partnership with Shriners Hospital to keep families safe this holiday season. Customers who donate to Shriners Hospital will receive a free s’mores pie on their next visit, as well as an opportunity to take photos with the NBC star.

joeminoso_photoby_elizabethmorrisApproximately 85 percent of fire-related deaths occur in homes and, tragically, every year more than 400 children under the age of 10 die in home fires. In the US, electrical fires in residences cause more than 25,000 fires annually and electrical burns and injuries from lightning result in nearly 3,000 admissions to specialized burn units and nearly 1,000 fatalities. Remembering a few basic safety tips can help keep families and children safe.

Some examples of fire prevention for inside and outside your home:

  • Unplug all electrical items within a child’s reach.
  • Do not use extension cords to plug in appliances.
  • Place covers on all electrical outlets.
  • Keep your clothes dryer free of lint accumulation to avoid it becoming a fire hazard.
  • Do not climb trees that are near power lines.
  • Never climb utility poles, transmission towers, etc.
blazepizza_logoYou can find more information, as well as the downloadable Be Safe Around Electricity tip sheet, at Shriners Hospital for Children.

About Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint”, serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable.  Since its first restaurant debuted in 2012, Blaze has quickly become one of the nation’s hottest restaurant concepts, with fans lining up each day for the custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade, and s’more pies.

Each restaurant features an interactive open kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for about eight dollars.  The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fired and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.



Joe Minoso, star of NBC’s hit series, Chicago Fire.


Minoso will be behind the Blaze Pizza assembly line as he makes pizzas and poses for photos with guests who make a donation to Shriners Hospital.


5:30 pm. Tuesday, December 1, 2015


953 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago (Between Clark and Sheffield)


Be Burn Aware spokesperson and NBC’s Chicago Fire star Joe Minoso will be on hand to kick-off this month-long promotion.

About Sandra Trevino

Sandra Trevino is a Chicago journalist and the founder of Enchufate, a website dedicated to all things Latin alternative. You can listen to her radio broadcasts every Friday morning on 91.1FM and the 2nd/4th Monday of the month via Lumpen Radio on 105.5FM. When she’s not writing or on the radio, you can find her playing music at different venues across the city as part of DJ duo The Ponderers.