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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-16-18

This from Steve Redick:

Took in a quick job the other night basically right across the street from Engine 11’s house. I arrived pretty promptly but there wasn’t much to see by the time I found what side of the building complex the fire was on. A handline was taken up Truck 9’s aerial but I believe an interior line had already pretty much contained the fire. I saw 1 victim being treated.
Steve
Chicago Firefighters work off aerial ladder

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Chicago Firefighters work off aerial ladder

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Chicago Firefighters work off aerial ladder

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Chicago FD Truck 9

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Chicago fire scene at night

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Chicago FD Engine 119

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5-Alarm fire and 3-Alarm EMS Alarm in the North Maine FPD, 9-16-18

The North Maine FPD was called to 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines Sunday morning around 8AM for a reported fire. The incident went to a 5-Alar fire box and a 3-Alarm ambulance box. 

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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Chi-Town Fire Photos

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from North Maine’s 5th alarm on Sunday morning (9/16). Images were taken about 40 minutes in. There was one fatality reported from this incident.

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-18

This from Eric Haak:

The following images were taken this 9/9 at a still and box alarm fire at 10026 South Avenue L on Chicago’s Southeast side. The first image shown was taken 2 minutes before the box was requested and gives you an idea of conditions at that time. The building was balloon frame construction and the fire had made it into the attic. A man who witnessed the fire told me a grandfather pushed a 7-year old out the second floor window but then couldn’t escape himself. Companies went defensive for a brief time.

smoke from roof of Chicago house on fire

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smoke from house on fire

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Firefighter standing in attic sticking out of the roof

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Chicago FD Engine 74

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Chicago FD Engine 104

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Box Alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm in Naperville, 8-26-18

This from Eric Haak:

Naperville had a Box Alarm with an EMS Box Sunday morning (8/26). The fire was out long before I could arrive. I’ve provided two images of what they had that were taken from a distance as I could not get any closer. Also pictured are 3 Naperville engines, Naperville Truck 1, an Oswego engine, a Lisle Woodridge engine and the Plainfield tower ladder.

Naperville FD Engine 4

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Naperville FD Engine 2

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Naperville FD Engine 10

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD Engine 55

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Plainfield FPD Tower 19

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Oswego FPD Engine 4

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fire destroys apartments in Naperville

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fire destroys apartments in Naperville

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-12-18

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from a Still & Box alarm fire in Chicago Sunday evening (08/12). The fire at 117th and Michigan came in shortly after 7:00 and was in the basement of a vacant apartments over commercial structure. Companies eventually went defensive and I arrived way after most of the fire was out.

ChicAgo FD Engine 75 and Squad 5A

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Chicago firefighters at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Engine 62

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4-11 Alarm fire and EMS Plan 1 in the Roberts Park FPD (more)

More from Eric Haak:

For those fans of rigs, here are eight that were in staging at the Roberts Park 4-11 and a Bedford Park engine working that I forgot to add to the first post.

Bridgeview FD Engine 405

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Stickney FPD Engine 905

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Bedford Park FD Engine 711

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Pleasantview FPD Ladder 151

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Westmont FPD fire engine

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Chicago Ridge FPD Quint 6504

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Mabas Division Air 21

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Chicago FD Engine 64

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Chicago FD Truck 31

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4-11 Alarm fire and EMS Plan 1 in the Roberts Park FPD

This from Eric Haak:

The Roberts Park Fire Protection District had an apartment fire that came in around 2:00 Saturday afternoon (8/4). With summertime Chicago traffic, it took me an hour to arrive just to give a perspective of time. Most of the firefighting was over so here are some images of rig placement at the incident. The alarm went to a 4-11 with an EMS Plan I and an appearance of the Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 64, Truck 31, Ambulance 77, and Battalion 15.

Hometown FD Engine 466

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Oak Lawn FD Engine 3 at a fire

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heavy smoke rom apartment building fire

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Tri-DSgtate FPD Engine 123 at a fire

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Roberts FPD Engine 31 at a fire

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Roberts FPD Engine 32 at a fire

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Summit FD Engine 954 at a fire

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Orland Fire District Truck 1 at a fire

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Dumpster fire in Bolingbrook, 7-26-18

This from David Hess:

On July 26, 2018 Bolingbrook IL Fire Department responded to a dumpster fire with extension to warehouse structure located on Lily Cache Lane.

dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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dumpster fire in Bolingbrook

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

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More photos from the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 

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Massive fire destroys 3 apartment buildings on McIntosh Court in Prospect Heights, IL 7/18/18. Tim Olk photo

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

When firefighters responded to a fire at one of the 16 buildings that make up the River Trails Condominium complex in Prospect Heights Wednesday afternoon, they knew the blaze could quickly get out of hand.

Investigators said a juvenile accidentally ignited the blaze. No charges have been filed. The blaze started in a second-floor unit in the southernmost building on McIntosh Court and rapidly spread upward and outward. Once it reached the attic, the blaze had unfettered access to the other three buildings. The mansard-style roof that hangs over the third floor also allowed the fire to glide effortlessly along the structure’s side as the flames fed on air inside the enclosed eaves. A mild breeze then helped stoke the flames.

Firefighters made every attempt to stop or slow the spread of flames, but they were thwarted by the fire’s ability to keep moving until it got to the northernmost building. There, they made a successful stand against the encroaching flames.

“We tried to cut in several spots before that to try and stop it,” Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith said. “It was a futile effort. If this would have happened at 1 a.m. instead of 1 p.m. like it did, I don’t know how this would have turned out.”

Fire safety officials blame the speed and scope on a lack of modern fire safety devices and construction. The 46-year-old complex had no building-wide fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire walls or attic separators — all fire safety features that experts say would have stopped or significantly slowed the inferno.

New apartments are required to have sprinkler systems, firewalls to keep fires from spreading to other units, and attic separators that restrict overhead air flow in the building to lower the risk of fires spreading. None of the buildings that burned Wednesday had those, and none had building-wide fire alarms. Because of their age, the Prospect Heights buildings were not required to have those fire safety measures in place.

And under current city code, if the apartments are rebuilt, they still might not have them. If more than 50 percent of the buildings that burned are salvageable, the city can’t force the owners to retrofit the buildings to comply with modern fire codes.

Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith warns against rebuilding the apartments as if nothing happened. “We are going to meet with the city and try to put forth a strategy for what comes next,” he said. “We need them to have a fire alarm in these buildings, at the very least.”

On Christmas Eve morning 2006, a blaze caused by Christmas lights in a second-floor unit had the entire third floor engulfed in 10 minutes. That fire also spread to a neighboring building, though firefighters were able to quickly extinguish it. In the end, only 30 percent of the building was destroyed and it was reconstructed without a sprinkler system or other modern fire suppression measures.

Estimates indicate retrofitting existing buildings with sprinklers costs between $2 and $7 per square foot, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The 16 buildings at River Trails contain roughly 380,000 square feet of living space, putting the estimated cost at somewhere between $760,000 and $2.7 million. That the cost would require a special assessment that would possibly be passed on to renters, who might then be priced out of their homes. Most of the River Trails units are individually owned and rented out to others. 

Several towns require sprinklers in new construction of single-family homes.

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

This last Wednesday I attended the major fire in a condo complex that destroyed 3 full buildings and part of a 4th in Prospect Heights. 96 Units were damaged or destroyed leaving many homeless. The fire began in a second floor unit in a very remote section of the complex and penetrated the mansard style roof and cockloft/ attic space. Tremendous efforts were made in the form of multiple trench cuts and opening the mansard in several places as well as a great deal of interior operations. In the end several master streams were also utilized. It has been said this is the largest MABAS response in the area since the Arlington Park Racetrack fire many years ago. Enclosed are a few images from the 4 hours I was there observing. All the images can be seen here on my website.
 
I am also enclosing an aerial view of the complex.
Steve
heavy fire along mansard roof

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Firefighter vents mansard roof

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

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Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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