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Box Alarm house fire in Elburn, 9-15-18

This from Dave Weaver:

9/15/18 ELBURN  – Box Alarm House Fire 42W826 Main Street Rd. – Video by Dave Weaver

A good Samaritan driving along Main Street Rd. before dawn smelled smoke and located smoke coming from the eaves of a ranch-style house. The man notified the 911 operator at Tri-Com Central Dispatch that no one was answering the door which was hot to the touch and that there were vehicles parked in the driveway. A General Alarm was dispatched and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District responded along with multiple mutual aid companies. Once on scene, the Elburn battalion chief requested a MABAS Box Alarm response to bring even more mutual aid from surrounding communities to the scene and to Elburn’s fire station. The tense atmosphere was a bit relieved after a neighbor made contact with one of the residents by phone and advised firefighters that no one was home. A fire investigation task force responded to determine the cause and origin of the fire which took approximately 1 1/2 hours to bring under control. No one was injured but sadly, the family’s four cats perished. The Red Cross was requested to provide assistance for the three adult residents.

 

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-22-18

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2-Alarm fire in Milwaukee, 8-18-18

This from Asher Heimermann:

Firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire for several hours on Saturday, August 18th at Family Dollar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fire was reported around 3:45 PM at the corner of Hampton Avenue and Teutonia Avenue. The building had a bowstring truss roof. Firefighters from the Milwaukee Fire Department and neighboring North Shore Fire Rescue responded.

Milwaukee Police took one person into custody in connection with the fire.
 

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

second part of the video from Larry Shapiro of the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18

 

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

Larry Shapiro video (part 1) 

 

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.

thanks Dan

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

video by Steve Redick

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Working fire in Lincolnshire, 7-11-18

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD and automatic aid companies were sent to 600 Knightsbridge Parkway Thursday morning (7/12/18) for a fire. Units arrived to heavy smoke from a trash compactor and the response was upgraded to a working fire.

Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

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Countryside FPD ladder tower

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Mundelein FD fire truck

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Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

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Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

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Firefighters at the scene of a trash compactor fire

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Working fire in Chicago, 7-9-18

This from Steve Redick:

Fire in an auto repair shop, looked kinda doubtful for a few minutes but was under control in short order. This location is directly across the street from the scene of a fire fatal to 2 members in 1972. More images can be seen here:
 
Steve
 

auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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RIT at Chicago fire scene

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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Firefighters battle auto bodyshop fire

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auto bodyshop fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Truck 55

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Chicago FD Squad 2A

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Engine 79

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news clipping of fatal fire at 6117 N Elston Ave in Chicago

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3-Alarm fire in Westmont, 7-4-18

Two people including a firefighter suffered injuries after a fire broke out at a three-story apartment building in Westmont Wednesday evening at 515 N. Cass Avenue. Firefighters rescued and transported one person to a local hospital after being found inside the 30-unit apartment building engulfed in smoke and flames. A firefighter also suffered a minor injury.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and an investigation for the incident is ongoing.

 
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Box Alarm in Vernon Hills, 5-29-18

Countryside firefighters were called to 285 E. Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills Tuesday evening for fire in a third floor laundry room. Countryside Chief 4100 was the first to arrive and reported smoke from the top floor. The alarm was upgraded to a working fire and then a MABAS Box Alarm for additional companies. Mundelein Engine 432 had lines off in front of the building. Damage to the six-unit building left it uninhabitable.

apartment fire at 285 E Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills

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female police officer with dog rescued from fire

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smoke from apartment building balcony

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Mundelein FD Engine 432

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