Archive for March 19th, 2023

Box alarm fire in Palatine, 3-19-23

Palatine firefighters responded for a report of smoke on the third floor of an apartment building at 12 E Dundee Quarter late Sunday afternoon (3-19-23).  Palatine police officers reported smoke and then flames from the roof and the response was upgraded to a Code 4 working fire.

Palatine crews made an interior attack with two lines on the third floor and performed searches of the building. Unable to get ahead of the volume of fire overhead and in the mansard roof in addition to deteriorating conditions, firefighters were evacuated from the building to transition to a defense attack. As personnel was exiting the building, a Mayday was called by a firefighter on a balcony that was unable to exit via the interior. He successfully descended a ground ladder.

The fire circumvented the fire wall and eventually made it’s way into the adjacent building which sustained heavy damage to the roof and third floor. There were multiple collapses of the original building.

Palatine Tower 85, Buffalo Grove Tower 25, and Arlington Heights Tower 1 all deployed master streams.; #larryshapiro;; #PalatineFD; #mansardroof; #apartmentfire; #DundeeQuarter;

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Many area departments were on the scene including Palatine, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Inverness, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, and the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD. This list very likely does not represent every department that responded.

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Illinois Fire Service news

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Fire sprinklers save lives, and soon it may be cheaper to add one to a home in Illinois.

A bill being pushed by the National Fire Sprinkler Association would let homeowners who add a fire sprinkler to their house be reimbursed half of the cost of the system on their state income taxes, up to $10,000. NSFA officials estimate the median cost for a home sprinkler system is $7,200, which would leave the state responsible for $3,600 per unit under the proposed bill.

Officials from the organization argue the fire sprinklers save lives. Research from the NSFA shows while 10 percent of all fires in the U.S. happen on properties with sprinklers, only one percent of deaths happen in these properties.

110 municipalities in northern Illinois are required to include fire sprinklers in all new homes.


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Double fatal fire in Vernon Hills, 3-19-23; #fatalfire; #VernonHills; #CountrysideFPD;

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