Archive for August 17th, 2019

Hoffman Estates Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

A home in Hoffman Estates caught fire .

The Hoffman Estates Fire Department was called to a home in the 1600 block of Glen Lake Road at about 8:55 a.m. Thursday morning after the front of the two-story property caught fire. The home’s smoke detectors were working properly. Firefighters searched the home, which was clear of people, and rescued a dog. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

One firefighter was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center but was later released. The home sustained an estimated $150,000 in damage

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House fire in Glenwood, 8-11-19

This from Eric Haak:

The Glenwood Fire Department had a working fire on Thursday afternoon (8/11). Crews did a great job of saving a home that was in a non-hydranted area. Here are a few images from the scene.

smoke from house on fire

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Pierce fire engine

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Firefighters at house fire

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Firefighters at house fire

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Firefighters at fire scene

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Firefighters put on SCBA before entering smokey house fire

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dramatic portrait of salty firefighter with PPE

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Box Alarm house fire in Des Plaines, 8-16-19

Des Plaines firefighters were called to a house at 555 Leahy Circle East late Friday night for a fire in the basement. A header was visible while units were en route and the alarm was upgraded to a working fire before arrival. Dispatch advised of hoarder conditions at the residence which was confirmed on arrival by the first company officer walking around the exterior. The residents were already out of the house and firefighters had difficulty entering the premises. Several vent holes were cut in the roof before companies were ordered off and then out of the structure for setting up a defensive posture. The basement fire traveled to the second floor and areas of the first floor had been compromised. Hand lines were directed through windows and doorways but it remained difficult to reach the seat of the fire due to the clutter.

The incident was upgraded to a Box Alarm for additional resources after withdrawing personnel from the interior. Eventually lines were shut down to let the fire burn until it was visible and accessible from the outside and then companies again attacked the flames.  One tower ladder was utilized with a ground level master stream through the front door and living room before it was able to be positioned above the house with access to the fire that vented through the roof. Hand lines were deployed on all sides of the house.

The bulk of the fire was contained by 4AM with companies working at the scene for several more hours.

All Des Plaines units were at the scene along with mutual aid from Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect, The North Maine FPD, Elk Grove Township FPD, Wheeling, Park Ridge, Chicago Squad 7, Rosemont, Bensenville, and Glenview.

heavy smoke pushes from house on fire

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heavy smoke curls around house siding at night fire scene

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smoke pours out of window of hoarder house

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flames engulf house

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flames engulf house

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flames engulf house

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flames engulf hoarder's kitchen

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

Wednesday I went out on the X-Chicago Fire Department Fire Boat Engine 41 which is now doing tours on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Beautiful job on restoring it and keeping it maintained. The crew consists of Navy veterans who love to be out on the water. I have attached a link to their website which will give you a rundown on their story along with some pictures. These guys are doing a great thing, I would highly recommend booking a tour or boat ride. Its definitely a bang for your buck. 
 
”CHICAGO FIREBOAT TOURS IS A VETERAN OWNED, CHICAGO TOUR BOAT COMPANY. WE CONDUCT HISTORICAL TOURS, SUNSET CRUISES AND PRIVATE EVENTS ON THE CHICAGO RIVER AND LAKE MICHIGAN. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE OTHER EXCURSION BOATS IN CHICAGO, OURS STANDS OUT IN THE FACT THAT YOU’RE RIDING ON AN ACTUAL PIECE OF CHICAGO HISTORY. OUR FLAGSHIP VESSEL IS THE FRED A. BUSSE, WHICH WAS AN ACTIVE FIREBOAT FOR THE CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM 1937 UNTIL 1981. READ MORE ABOUT THE BOAT ON OUR HISTORY PAGE.”
Chicago Fire Boat Tours

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Fred A Busse life preserver

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Chicago Fire Boat Tours

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Chicago Fire Boat Tours

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Chicago Fire Boat Tours

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