This is the first in what will be a multi-part posting about Saturday night’s 4-Alarm fire with 2 specials in Northlake. Multiple contributors were at the scene.

Massive 4-Alarm fire in Northlake

4-Alarm fire in Northlake on 2-15-14. Steve Redick photo

Prior to receiving multiple cellphone calls, someone knocked on the door of the Leyden Township FPD station at the corner of Mannheim and Grand just before 6PM to report a fire four blocks down the road. Units found heavy smoke pushing from a one-story, commercial structure with a bow-string truss roof. The building was occupied by a tire business and was currently full of tires.

The fire, at 2200 N. Mannheim Road was in the Northlake Fire Protection District. (opposite sides of the intersection belong to either the Leyden Township FPD or the Northlake FPD). The Still Alarm was filled out and a Box Alarm, then a 2nd Alarm were requested within minutes, followed very shortly be the 3rd and 4th Alarms.

The roof collapsed early and sent flames several hundred feet into the air as companies setup elevated master streams from the Leyden quint, trucks from Northlake and Franklin Park, and then the Schiller Park tower ladder.

Here’s the rundown of companies and alarms:

  • Still Alarm: Northlake Engine & truck; Leyden quint; Melrose Park engine
  • Full Still: Bensenville engine; Leyden ambulance; Elmhurst truck
  • Box Alarm: engines from Hillside & Stone Park; Franklin Park truck; Schiller Park tower ladder; ambulances from Bensdenville & Melrose Park
  • 2nd Alarm: engines from Berkely & Elmwood Park; Rosemont tower ladder; Broadview squad
  • 3rd Alarm: engines from Norwood Park & River Grove; Addison tower ladder
  • 4th Alarm: engine from Park Ridge and Villa Park
  • 1st Special Alarm: Interdivisional request for an engine Task Force from Division 3; North Maine, Niles, Morton Grove, Glenview, & Prospect Heights
  • 2nd Special Alarm: Foam Task Force from Chicago Division 9; Battalion 8, Engine 10, Squad 7, Squad 7A, ARFF 6-5-3
  • Also at the scene were: Bellwood bus, Bellwood command post, Bellwood tower ladder, River Grove ambulance, Schiller Park ambulance, MESS Canteen, Salvation Army Canteen, O’Hare Towing, ¬†numerous ESDA units, multiple chief officers