Archive for March 19th, 2012

River Forest garage fire 3-19-12

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

The garage as the first companies arrived. Dan McInerney photo

Dan McInerney submitted the following:

This came in at about 0945 this morning. I followed companies from quarters. A one-story wood-frame garage, 22×20, with a small fire in the ceiling area was knocked down with one 1.75” line, followed by some quick overhaul. Companies on-scene were RFOR E222, T221, ELPK E947, FOPK E402, OKPK T631 and C620, along with various chiefs from River Forest and Elmwood Park. River Forest T221 as you know is Oak Park’s old T631, and the 1981 Seagrave 100′ was modified by River Forest to hold a few hundred feet of 4-inch hose enabling them to forward lay a supply line to E222.
This first set shows the garage before the line was charged and the garage opened
River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

The attack line is stretched. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

Firefighters check the windows and side door. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

A firefighter with a handline hits the fire as another vents. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

River Forest Truck 221 forward lay. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

Garage opened showing construction materials. Dan McInerney photo

Elmwood Park Fire Department Engine 947

Elmwood Park Engine 947. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department garage fire 111 Thatcher 3-1912

River Forest Truck 221 (X-Oak Park truck) modified to carry 4" hose. Dan McInerney photo

River Forest Fire Department Darley engine 222

River Forest Engine 222 is a 2002 Darley with a Spartan Gladiator chassis and enclosed pump panel. Dan McInerney photo

Forest Park Fire Department Engine 402 HME Ahrens Fox

Forest Park Engine 402 is a 2008 HME Ahrens Fox. Dan McInerney photo

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North Chicago 2-11 & Specials 3-18-12

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

A firefighter cuts through a metal fence to allow access to the rear of the scene. Shaun Unell photo

The North Chicago Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a commercial auto-body facility last night and arrived to find heavy fire in a one-story commercial building with exposures on both sides. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm which brought mutual aid companies to the scene. Not long after, a structural collapse of the original building occurred as fire spread to both exposures.

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Fire burns through the rear of the original building after the roof collapsed. Shaun Unell photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

A master stream from the North Chicago tower ladder as fire takes hold of the southern exposure building. Shaun Unell photo

There were several special calls initiated which increased the units on the scene. Several hours later the alarm was elevated to a 2nd Alarm although the actual number of companies on the scene made the alarm in essence much greater.

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Firefighters move hose to clear a spot for the Round Lake Tower Ladder as it moves into position on Sheridan Road. Shaun Unell photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Knollwood Engine 44 had lines off in the rear. Shaun Unell photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Heavy smoke escapes from the vacant apartment building as firefighters redeploy North Chicago Tower 9. Shaun Unell photo

Engines that were pumping came from North Chicago, Waukegan, Newport Township, Knollwood, Abbott Labs, and Lake Forest. Additional engine companies responded from the Great Lakes Naval Base, Winthrop Harbor, Lake Villa, and a second unit from Newport Township. There were five elevated master streams in operation including tower ladders from North Chicago and Round Lake,¬†in addition to Highland Park, Zion, and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods ladders. A Grayslake ladder and Arlington Heights tower were not put to use. Arlington Heights though receives the prize for coming the farthest … 32 miles.

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Highland Park Truck 33, a Sutphen mid-mount ladder was on Lenox Street behind the fire buildings. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

The Newport Township hose tender, a 1977 Mack CF, was supplying Highland Park. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD

Lincolnshire Truck 53 went to work as a master stream for the first time. Larry Shapiro photo

Lake Bluff, Gurnee, and Deerfield had squads at the scene and chief officers responded from Waukegan, Newport Township, Wauconda, and Lake Forest. There were two North Chicago ambulances on the scene plus medic units for rehab from Libertyville and the Antioch Rescue Squad.

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department Round Lake Fire District

The Round Lake tower ladder setup in front of the exposure building to the south. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

THe two-story brick apartment building to the south proved to be a challenge of sorts since it was deemed unsafe for interior operations and the roof remained intact for quite some time. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Eventually the fire broke through the roof giving the elevated master streams access to extinguish it. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Waukegan Engine 1611 was on a hydrant at Sheridan Road and 10th Street. Larry Shapiro photo

The fire was directly across the street from Abbott Labs and their fire department was able to supply water from the Abbott property reservoir to allow greater defensive operations than the North Chicago city water supply would allow.

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The Abbott Labs engine was pumping from their property across the street from the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

commercial building fire in North Chicago 3-18-12 fire department

Zion's truck in the foreground wets down the remains of the apartment building along with the Round Lake and North Chicago towers farther down the road. Larry Shapiro photo

There were no reported injuries associated with the fire and the alarm was struck-out late in the evening. Companies were released from the scene after midnight as an excavator was brought in to knock down the remnants of an unsafe building.

Shaun Unell and Larry Shapiro both were at the scene and have submitted images. More photos can be viewed HERE.

A video will be available soon.

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North Chicago 2-11 & Specials 3-18-12

North Chicago had a fire in three buildings in the 1000 block of Sheridan Road on Sunday evening. More information will follow later in the day.

North Chicago Fire Department commercial building fire 1032 Sheridan Road 3-18-12

A firefighter with a multi-versal works in the rear or 'C' sector of the fire. Shaun Unell photo

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