Archive for September 8th, 2020

New buggies for the Chicago Fire Department

Down at the shops, ready to go in service.

new black Ford Explorers for the Chicago Fire Department

new black Ford Explorers for the Chicago Fire Department


Box Alarm fire in Sycamore, 9-5-20

This from Art Zern:

Sycamore fire was dispatched to a General Alarm just before midnight Saturday 9/5/20 for a structure fire.  Engine 1 and Chief 3 arrived to find a two-story duplex with heavy fire on the C and D sides extending into both floors and the attic.  E-1 stretched a 2 ½” to the C/D corner to knock down the bulk of the fire that had started on the deck and extended via the vinyl siding.  E-2 arrived and assisted in securing positive water and extended a second line to the second floor for extinguishment and to pull walls and ceilings.  All occupants had escaped prior to arrival. C-3 boxed the fire because several General Alarm companies were not available or delayed.  Good stop by E-1 and E-2.  Dekalb T-1 handled roof ops and other companies conducted extensive overhaul, checked the other unit for extension, and handled RIT duties.  Many thanks to our mutual aid partners.  

house fire scene in Sycamore

Sycamore Fire Department photo

house fire scene in Sycamore

Sycamore Fire Department photo

house fire scene in Sycamore

Sycamore Fire Department photo

From the Sycamore Fire Department Facebook page:

2nd structure fire in the last 8 days, this time a nice stop by Gold Shift crews!

This is the press release from fire on early Sunday morning-

On Saturday September 05, 2020 approximately 2358 hrs, the Sycamore Fire Department was dispatched to 660 Hill Street for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, initial fire companies found heavy fire from the rear deck area of a residential structure extending vertically into the attic space. Initially crews attacked the fire from the exterior with a large 2 ½” hand line and when the fire was knocked down, began an aggressive, interior fire attack with 1 ¾” hand lines and began a primary search for occupants. Fire companies made a quick knock down of the fire and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Fire companies remained on scene for an hour and a half performing overhaul and checking for fire extension.

The Sycamore Fire Department was assisted by DeKalb, Genoa-Kingston, Elburn, Malta, Kirkland, Somonauk, Maple Park, Burlington Fire Departments. Also assisting were Sycamore Police Department, Com-ed and NICOR.

There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. The roof structure is severely damaged from flame and heat. The 2nd floor level was heavily damaged from heat, smoke, and water damage. The first floor and basement level is damaged from smoke and water. The loss from the fire is estimated at approximately $150,000.00. The building is not habitable and all residents were relocated.

The cause of the fire is currently listed as undetermined, pending further investigation.



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a few more images from the Box Alarm fire in Winnetka, 9-2-20 (more)

attic fire through the roof

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Spartan Gladiator classic

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Updated production photos of the new engine for Prospect Heights

stainless steel fire engine being built

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