3-Alarm fatal fire in Bensenville, 11-19-17 (part 2)

Photos from the 3-Alarm fatal fire in Bensenville, 11-19-17 from Tim Olk.

Chicago FD Squad 7A

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apartment building fire in Bensenville

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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3-Alarm fatal fire in Bensenville, 11-19-17 (part 1)

Bensenville firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm this morning around 6:15AM at 361 Marshall Road. Within minutes they received multiple calls reporting fire in the building. Arriving police officers advised flames from the window of a third floor unit.

Flames swept through the mansard roof and into the attic. The alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm and later a 2nd Alarm was struck. After the fire jumped a fire wall, the fire was upgraded to a 3rd Alarm . Elevated master streams from Bensenville Truck 107, Leyden Quint 133, and Chicago Squad 7A were deployed in addition to several large hand lines after companies were pulled out of the building. One resident was unaccounted for and later discovered deceased as companies went inside to overhaul.

Department at the scene included Bensenvlle, Wood Dale, Itasca, Leyden Township, Chicago, Elk Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, Franklin Park, Addision, Broadview, Hillside, Westcheseter, Mt. prospect, Roselle, Norwood Park, and York Center.

This is the first of several posts with photos from contributors.

Bensenville FD fire engine at an apartment building fire

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apartment building fire in Bensenville IL

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Wood Dale and Bensenville fire trucks at fire scene

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Bensenville FPD E-ONE Cyclone II HP100 aerial ladder battling an apartment building fire

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Bensenville FPD E-ONE Cyclone II HP100 aerial ladder battling an apartment building fire

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Bensenville FPD E-ONE Cyclone II HP100 aerial ladder battling an apartment building fire

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apartment building fire in Bensenville IL

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Chicago FD Squad 7A Rosenbauer America Commander ACP-55 Cobra battling a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 7A Rosenbauer America Commander ACP-55 Cobra battling a fire

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apartment building fire in Bensenville IL

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Chicago FD Squad 7A Rosenbauer America Commander ACP-55 Cobra battling a fire

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Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Fire swept through an 18-unit apartment building in Bensenville early Sunday morning, killing one resident and displacing many others.

Firefighters from the Bensenville Fire Protection District responded to the blaze at 361 Marshall Road about 6:15 a.m. 

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Box Alarm fire in La Grange, 11/17/17

This from Steve Redick:

Took in a box alarm at 915 S La Grange Road in La Grange on Friday (11/17/17). I was fairly close but there was nothing to see when I arrived. I got a few rig shots though.

Steve

Pleasnatview FPD fire truck

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La Grange Fire Department fire engine

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La Grange Park FD HME fire engine

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Brookfield FD fire engine

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Hinsdale FD fire truck Rosenbauer Raptor Mertz

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Western Springs FD fire engine

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fire truck at fire scene

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Skokie Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Five new firefighters were recently sworn in as members of the Skokie Fire Department at a crowded Skokie Village Board meeting.

Among those sworn in Nov. 6 were Thomas Vasis Jr., Steven Grothendieck, Rayburn Roybskie, Jacob Gasior and Patrick Herling. 

The Skokie Fire Department is without a permanent fire chief since the summer when Jim Walters stepped down to take a job as chief in Schaumburg. Since then, Ken Borre has served as acting fire chief, but no announcement about a permanent chief has yet been made.

In September, the department was re-accredited from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety. According to village officials, Skokie is one of about 240 agencies worldwide to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status.

thanks Dan

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New engines for Chicago (more)

updated production photos for the first of 7 engines currently being built by E-ONE for Chicago (so 141466)

fire truck being built for Chicago

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fire truck being built for Chicago

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Production has begun in Ocala on the 7th engine for E-ONE so 141472

fire truck being built for Chicago

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Aurora Township FPD General Alarm, 11/8/15

This from Dave Weaver, radioman911.com:

11/8/17 AURORA TWP – Aurora Township FPD General Alarm Concrete Plant Fire – Dukane Precast 2000 Plain Ave. – (Mix of RADIOMAN911 Facebook Live and HD video)

 

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Working fire in Chicago, 11-16-17

This from Josh Boyajian:

11-16-17 Engine 7 landed with an attic fire @ Barry & Long. Companies attempted to make the attic but were pushed out due to the amount of fire, and ended up going defensive for a few minutes. In total, 4 Lines were lead out. Companies on the Still; E7, E68, T58, TL23, S2, BC7, BC8 & T38 RIT, 2-7-2.

house fire at night

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firefighter with hose at night fire scene

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Chicago FD Truck 58 at fire scene

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flames through roof of house on fire

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firefighters battle house fire at night

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firefighter on aerial ladder at night

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firefighter with hose line battles house fire at night

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firefighter with hose line battles house fire at night

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Chicago FD Engine 7

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Chicago FD Engine 7 at night fire scene

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Chicago FD spare engine at fire scene

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Elgin Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Elgin Fire Department union officials oppose a cut in overtime in 2018 but stopped short of saying they’d file a complaint.

The city’s proposed budget includes cutting department staffing from 34 from 32 firefighters per shift, a savings of $700,000. No one would be laid off.

 

Edward Hanson, vice president of International Association of Firefighters Local 439, said the issue is not the loss of overtime pay, but having fewer people on shift. “There definitely will not be enough people to do our job to the level we have done it,” he said.

The department operates on a high overtime model, meaning the city chooses to pay overtime rather than hire more firefighters — whose starting pay is $67,181.

The mayor said it’s appropriate to cut overtime to balance the $116.4 million general fund. The plan is to also use $876,000 from reserves, create a new gasoline tax, and increase sales and hotel/motel taxes.

The department would create two more jump companies. About 80 percent of calls are for ambulance service.

Hanson said firefighters have been overworked since the city decreased shift staffing from 36 to 34 people a few years ago, a decision supported by an arbitrator in 2015. He claimed that, as a result, there have been more injuries on the job, but couldn’t immediately produce data to that effect.

It was suggested that the department should consider taking on alarm monitoring for businesses, which one expert estimated at up to $450,000 in revenues. The city also could draw more money from reserves next year, he said. The proposed budget has $43.6 million in reserves at the end of 2018, or 38 percent of operations, above the city’s policy of 30 percent or more.

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Terry Valentino has been officially sworn in as Rolling Meadows’ new fire chief.

Valentino, who was hired as deputy chief in 2014, spent 33 years with the Arlington Heights Fire Department and about two years in Schaumburg. He replaces Scott Franzgrote, who retired Sept. 29 after 27 years with the department.

At this week’s city council meeting, the mayor swore in Valentino and other recently promoted fire department personnel, including Deputy Chief Jeff Moxley, Battalion Chief Evan Dolinsky, and Lieutenant Dan Kusek.

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York Center Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A fire Thursday morning caused extensive damage to a vacant townhouse on the 2S700 block of Avenue La Tours West near Oak Brook.

York Center Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the scene in unincorporated DuPage County at 5:25 a.m. and found the townhouse completely engulfed in flames. The townhouse was being renovated at the time and no one was inside.

Firefighters from York Center, Oak Brook, Lombard, and Villa Park responded. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force.

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