Archive for January 10th, 2014

Arlington Heights house fire 1-7-14

The Daily Herald has an article about an house fire on Tuesday in Arlington Heights. Central to the article is mention that area residents had taken it upon themselves prior to the fire to protect their neighborhood by proactively clearing snow from the fire hydrants to assist firefighters in the event of a fire.

Arlington Heights firefighters say putting out a house fire in frigid temperatures Tuesday afternoon was made easier because residents had cleared snow away from nearby hydrants, and firefighters were able to take breaks in a warming bus.

The fire in a split-level two-story house on the 1600 block of Yale Avenue was reported at 12:15 p.m. When firefighters arrived, fire was coming from the roof. They went to the rear yard to get better access at attacking the flames, said Battalion Chief Bill Essling.

“Everything moved slower between the snow in the yard, and getting ladders and hoses back to the side of the house. But the hydrants were dug out. Kudos to the people in the neighborhood,” Essling said.¬†“If you have a hydrant on your street, dig it out, because you may be the guys needing it. We were able to get water right away into the fire. It all went well, considering the temperature and snow.”

Essling said the Mount Prospect Fire Department brought a warming van for firefighters to periodically come in and warm up. Temperatures hovered near -2 degrees at the time of the fire.

He said the fire caused “substantial” damage, particularly to the roof, attic, and second-floor bathroom. The house was uninhabitable.

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Box Alarm in Wheeling for propane fire 1-9-14

The Daily Herald has an article about yesterday’s Box Alarm in Wheeling:

Authorities evacuated six nearby businesses Thursday morning after a fire broke out near six large propane storage tanks at a Wheeling industrial park.

The fire, caused when cold weather led a rupture under one of the tanks, led to a dangerous situation at the site in the 400 block of Denniston Court, said Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIssac

“If the tanks would have exploded, it would have been catastrophic,” MacIssac said. “This is something we prepare for, we train for, and we’re aware of this facility.”

The fire occurred outside Penray Companies, a manufacturer of aerosol spray cans used in the automotive industry. Firefighters called to the scene at 8:02 a.m. began a water stream to keep the storage tanks cool, MacIssac said.

Because of the risk, officials evacuated six businesses and took extra safety precautions at Mark Twain Elementary School, moving children to a safe area away from windows, while firefighters worked to put out the flames. Their efforts initially were hampered because private snow removal contractors had buried nearby fire hydrants under snow.¬†“Crews had to dig out the hydrants in order for us to use them,” MacIssac said.

Eventually, crews were able to access a supply line and shut off the fuel, putting out the fire. Students from Mark Twain and workers at the evacuated businesses were able to return to their buildings a short time later.

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Chicago working fire 1-8-14

This from Drew Gresik:

Here’s some of my shots from a Working Fire (1/8/14) at 2661 W 24th Place.

The rest can be found at the new site: chi-townfirephotos.smugmug.com

Chicago firefighters fight winter building fire

Drew Gresik photo

Chicago firefighters fight winter building fire

Drew Gresik photo

Chicago firefighters fight winter building fire

Drew Gresik photo

Chicago Fire Department fire engine at fire scene

Drew Gresik photo

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Chicago Still & Box Alarm fire, 1-10-14

Phone images from Josh Boyajian from a Still & Box Alarm fire at 1039 N. Laurel this morning.

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Josh Boyajian photo

 

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Chicago working fire, 1-9-14

This from Jeff Rudolph:

Battalion 17 had a working fire at 5711 S. Calumet this afternoon. Fire started in the basement, and travelled up the walls. Not a lot of fire, more overhaul.

Jeff R.

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

Chicago firefighters fight winter house fire

Jeff Rudolph photo, Box Alarm Photography

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