Archive for July 21st, 2018

Technical rescue in Evanston, 7-21-18

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A tree trimmer was critically injured after a large tree branch fell on him Saturday afternoon knocking him unconscious and leaving him hanging in a large tree at about 3 p.m. in the 2700-block of Princeton Avenue in Evanston.

Fire officials said he was trapped more than 20 feet in the air. He was transported to an Evanston hospital in critical condition.

This from Tim Olk:

Skokie firefighters assisted Evanston firefighters rescue a tree service worker from a tree.

Evanston FD fire trucks

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Evanston FD fire trucks

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Evanston FD fire trucks

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Evanston FD fire trucks

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Evanston FD fire trucks

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Evanston FD fire trucks

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Crash with entrapment in Wheeling, 7-21-18

Wheeling police and firefighters were dispatched to a multi-car crash with entrapment on Milwaukee Avenue at Hintz Road Saturday afternoon (7/21/18) around 2PM. On arrival, companies found three vehicles with heavy damage. One vehicle had three occupants requiring extrication. Wheeling Battalion 24 requested Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51 and a total of six ambulances to the scene in addition to Wheeling Engines 23 and 42 that were already at the scene. in addition to Prospect Heights 901, Engine 39, and Battalion 9. 

Seven patients were transported from the scene several of which were in serious condition. Northfield Squad 29, Des Plaines Engine 61, Deerfield-Bannockburn Ambulance 19, and Long Grove  Ambulance 55 covered the Wheeling stations.

 

Firefighters work to extricate victims after a crash

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2-Alarm fire in Wadsworth, 7-17-18

The Gurnee FD responded to 37921 N Dilleys Road in Wadsworth for a fire at the Pyramid on Tuesday, 7/17/18.

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

The iconic golden pyramid house in suburban Wadsworth caught fire Tuesday, filling the sky with smoke and flames. The fire started around 4 p.m. at the pyramid, built as a private home in the 1970s. It is 17,000 square feet and stands at six stories tall, surrounded by Egyptian statues and a moat.

The 80-year-old homeowner and designer who has dementia was inside the home in his wheelchair when the fire started. His caregiver and fire officials were able to get him out of the home safely. A 15-year-old Yorkie died in the fire.

The unusually shaped home made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames. Fire officials say a wind-driven fire created a mayday explosion on the fourth floor. They described it as a blow-torch that blew firefighters off their feet. Two firefighters were injured.

Gurnee Battalion Chief David Douglas said, “We’ve done walkthroughs through this building before and we knew the challenges that would come. Today those came true.

 

Gold Pyramid fire

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