Archive for April 9th, 2013

Fox Lake 2nd Alarm house fire 4-8-13

This from Jeff Rudolph:

 … some shots from Fox Lake … 04/08/13 Fox Lake responded to a fire in the 38000 blk. of Hillandale in un-incorporated Spring Grove . Engine 223 arrived and found an elevated 1-story house well involved. Command called for an Antioch engine and a Spring Grove tender before pulling box 22-14 to the 2nd alarm for tenders and chiefs, as well as a special for squads from McHenry and Newport. Steep terain and limited access proved difficult for both firefighters and apparatus, as tenders had to back down several blocks of narrow winding gravel roads. Initial thoughts that the resident was still inside the burning house proved wrong, as he arrived from a trip to the store to find firefighters attempting to save his home. Crews worked into the night to extinguish and overhaul the remains. No injuries reported.

Fox Lake Fire Department tender

Fox Lake Tender 262 drafting from a portable tank. Jeff Rudolph photo

Antioch Fire Department engine

Antioch’e engine with lines off. Jeff Rudolph photo

firefighter with hose line

A Fox Lake firefighter calls for additional hose. Jeff Rudolph photo

firefighters with hose

Antioch firefighters on a line. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake pumper tanker

One of Fox Lake’s tenders. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake house on fire

Another shot from the rear showing the difficulty in accessing the house. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake house on fire

Heavy fire engulfs the upper level of the house. Jeff Rudolph photo


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Historic 1967 McCormick Place fire audio

This from Steve Redick:

Thanks again to Kevin Kirkley for sharing this one with us. The audio starts at the 3-11 and as many times as we may all have heard this, it is interesting … Anyone know the real story behind “no not fog-pressure but high-pressure”  ??

Also notice the famous send everybody available request?  This was Mayor Daley’s palace and Commissioner Quinn was really on the spot.


From Wikipedia:

The 1960 exposition hall was destroyed in a spectacular 1967 fire, despite being thought fireproof by virtue of its steel and concrete construction. At the time of the fire, the building contained highly combustible exhibits, several hydrants were shut off, and there were no sprinklers on the main floor where the fire started. Thus the fire spread quickly and destructively, taking the life of a security guard.[4] The fire was investigated by a team led by Rolf H. Jensen, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who later went on to found RJA Group. Many lessons were learned and the city’s building code was amended so a similar situation would not be repeated. Although many wanted to rebuild the hall on a different site, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley elected to rebuild on the foundations of the burned building. The new design of dark steel and glass, by Gene Summers of C. F. Murphy and Associates (and formerly of Mies van der Rohe‘s office) contrasted markedly with the white look of the structure that had burned down. On January 3, 1971, the replacement building, later called the East Building and now called the Lakeside Center, opened with a 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) main exhibition hall.

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New ambulances for Elgin

The Courier-News has some photos showing the new ambulances recently received by the Elgin Fire Departments

new ambulances for Elgin Fire Department

March 26, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

The small gallery can be viewed HERE.

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Where are they now … Mendota

This from Bill Friedrich:

While not the Chicagoland area proper, this Illinois rig ended up in Eva,FD,TN.   The vehicle still is lettered up for the Mendota & Countryside FD
Specs as follows:  1985 Kenworth-FMC 1250-1250
Kenworth FMC Omega fire engine

Kenworth L700/FMC Omega fire engine in Eva, TN. This was formerly owned by the Mendota Fire Department in LaSalle County. Evan Smith photo

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