Radio traffic from the 3-11 Alarm fire

This from Steve Redick:

This fire happened the evening of April 30, about 48th Place just west of Kedzie. Companies initially reported an auto fire adjacent to the building but shortly declared a working fire. This was, from what I could tell, a fire resistive structure with concrete floors. The fire involved mattresses and foam padding in a large area of the first floor. Weather conditions were poor … rainfall kept the smoke low and visibility to a minimum. Flash photos were pretty much impossible and both my camera and I got a thorough soaking. The new TL 39¬† and TL54 were both utilized with the buckets low to the ground to work their streams deep into the first floor. Multiversals and numerous handlines were also utilized. The attack lasted a few hours and cautious interior asessments were conducted in the later stages using TIC and search ropes.

All of the images can be seen here:

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago FD Engine 28

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Chicago FD Engine 34

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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Chicago firefighters at warehouse fire

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firefighter cuts metal door at night

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Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Two firefighters were hurt after an “incendiary and suspicious in nature” extra-alarm fire broke out at a mattress warehouse Saturday evening in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The fire started around 7:40 p.m. at the four-story warehouse near South Christiana Avenue and West 48th Place, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The response to the blaze was raised to a 2-11 alarm about 8:30 p.m. and to a 3-11 alarm about 9 p.m.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire. One of them was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, and the second firefighter was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Both are in good condition.

The blaze was struck out about 10:45 p.m. An investigation by the fire department determined the fire was suspicious and the Chicago Police Department will continue the investigation.