This from Steve Redick

Took in what I thought was just going to be a small job in the 5700 block of Newark, basically around the corner from Engine 119’s house. This wound up to be a mayday and 2-11 alarm. A large bungalow under rennovation, with fire reported to be on multiple floors. Operations were hampered by this fire ocurring in the midst of an ice and snow storm. Photos were near impossible to get, as the heavy snow ruined any flash photos, and the ambient light was not quite enough to get a decent shutter speed, so these photos are not anywhere near the usual quality I get. At any rate I was safely across the street watching routine operations when I heard some¬† hollering about someone fell into the basement. The DDC declared a mayday and there was quite a bit of commotion, but they had secured the injured guy very quickly. I found out later that the stairway from the first to 2nd floor collapsed..maybe due to the renovations taking place. I saw them remove 2 members from the scene on boards with collars, and a couple of walking wounded. All companies were ordered out of the building and a “par” was taken..a regroup took place and the job was completed. I really couldn’t determine much from my vantage point..maybe someone on the list who was at the fire could give us more info. The video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPdpRw9hLZI&feature=share&list=UUQNVVA1yZrGs3x1_A-sC82w

Some photos are attached….I believe everyone is basically ok..I’m curious how this mayday went with all the new radios and channels…I think this may have been the first emergency since all the new radio stuff was implemented.

Steve

Chicago house fire

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Chicago house fire

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mayday at Chicago house fire firefighters injured

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mayday at Chicago house fire firefighters injured

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Chicago house fire

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Chicago Fire Department Engine 119

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mayday at Chicago house fire firefighters injured

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mayday at Chicago house fire firefighters injured

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Chicago Fire Department Engine 79

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