A fire on New Year’s Day which apparently began on the rear porches escalated into a 2-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan I at 4315 W. 25th Place. The Chicago Tribune reports (HERE) that six people were injured including three Chicago firefighters. After receiving multiple calls, the Englewood Fire Alarm Office boxed the fire before the first companies arrived. Engine 99 was first on the scene and reported that they had rear porches burning. Firefighters rescued two residents from the second floor via ground ladders from the 2-1/2 story frame building. The three firefighters were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.
Tim Olk arrived on the scene in the early stages of the fire and was able to capture several striking images. Tim has a complete gallery which can be viewed HERE.
A firefighter from Squad 1 climbs down a ladder after ventilating windows on the second floor as heavy flames escape. Tim Olk photo
Heavy fire pushes from the second floor of the building. The fire is believed to have originated on a rear porch and subsequently trapped the second floor residents who were rescued by firefighters. Tim Olk photo
Fire takes over the balance of the second floor as firefighters inside the building work to extinguish the flames. Tim Olk photo
A battalion chief checks the progress of exterior companies after the fire on the second floor has been knocked down. Tim Olk photo
Three Chicago firefighters were transported from the fire scene with various non-life-threatening injuries sustained while fighting the fire on 25th Place. Here, several firefighters work together to remove one of the injured firefighters from the building. Tim Olk photo
Temperatures were below freezing this morning as evidenced by the ice covering this Chicago battalion chief at the 2-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo