Posts Tagged 2-11 alarm fire

Cicero (IL) 2nd Alarm fire 2-12-11

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

A 2-11 Alarm fire in Cicero on Saturday began in one of the second floor apartments and found its way into the flooring which ran under all of the units. Larry Shapiro photo

Cicero fire companies responded to a fire at 5927 W. 35th Street Saturday afternoon. They found a two-story, 200×50 building with retail stores on the round floor and apartment units above. The fire was reported in one of the second floor units and extended into the wooden floor which was built up over a concrete sub-floor. The fire travel

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

Oak Park Engine 603 responded with one of their two new twin 2010 HME Ahrens Fox pumpers. Larry Shapiro photo

led laterally through the floor to the adjacent units and proved difficult to access. A Box Alarm was requested for mutual aid companies almost immediately which was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm sometime later as the challenging task of getting at all of the fire increased. Mutual aid came from Stickney, Berwyn, North Riverside, Oak Park, Forest Park, Lyons, and Bedford Park. Many companies with multiple saws went to work in the apartments to remove floor sections so firefighters could get at and extinguish the fire. All of the residents were able to escape unharmed, but two Cicero firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

The fire traveling underneath the wooden floor boards produced very smoky conditions for Lyons firefighters seen here on the second floor balcony. Larry Shapiro photo

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

A Cicero firefighter gets some fresh air after working inside one of the apartments charged with smoke. Larry Shapiro photo

Tim Olk, Steve Redick, and Larry Shapiro took in the fire and have photographs and video to share. A gallery of images by Larry Shapiro can be viewed HERE.

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article HERE.

Fire investigators believe the fire started upstairs in one of the apartments. Officials do not believe the orgins of the fire were suspicious but Hanania said officials will continue their investigation on Sunday.

The Chicago Sun-Times has a brief article HERE.

The fire began about 1:30 p.m. at 5927 W. 35th St. in a building that includes eight apartments and six storefronts. It was then raised to a 2-11 alarm, according to town spokesman Ray Hanania. The fire began in an upstairs apartment.

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

All four of Cicero's E-ONE units are visible in this shot looking east on 35th Street from the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo

Cicero Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire 35th Street 2-12-11

Stickney Engine 1201, a 2007 HME Ahrens Fox had two pre-connects off. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago 2-11 on Milwaukee Ave 2-9-11

Chicago firefighters responded to a fire at Andy’s Deli at 5442 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wednesday evening. First arriving companies found fire in the commercial occupancy and initially had trouble securing a water supply due to several frozen hydrants in the area. The fire attack went defensive partially due to concerns about the integrity of the roof and a 2-11 Alarm was requested. Two tower ladders and Squad 2’s Snorkel applied water from their buckets and Truck 55 had their main in the air with a master stream in place. A special call was made for the Mobile Ventilation Unit (9-2-3) from Engine 106’s quarters and it was put to work in Sector 1 to push the fire to the rear and through the roof to allow companies to get at it since much of the roof had remained intact.

Steve Redick took in the fire as did Larry Shapiro. A gallery of images by Larry Shapiro can be seen HERE.

A gallery link to images by Steve Redick is HERE.

Here are a few images from the scene.

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

A view of Sector 1 shows smoke but no visible fire. Since much of the roof remained intact, space was cleared out to allow access for the Mobile Ventilation Unit. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

Since the fire was in the center of the building and the roof was largely intact, the MVU 9-2-3 was setup in front of the building to fan the fire so that firefighters could attack it without entering the premises. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

A view from the alley shows heavy smoke pushing out of the rear because of the MVU on the street in front. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

Engine 119 had a hydrant at one end of the alley where it meets Menard. Sewers were blocked and a large amount of water built up in the alley and down Menard. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

Engine 83 brought Light Wagon 9-1-3 to the scene, as one is due at each 2-11 alarm fire in the city. Towards the end of the event, it was brought to Sector 1 and put to work offering firefighters greater visibility to direct handlines deep into the building from the sidewalk. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

As companies began to break down their lines, most encountered hose with water that had frozen. They had to wrestle with the rigid hose to get it onto the engines and in some cases along the aerial bed of ladders for the trip back to quarters. There, companies repacked with new hose and dealt with the frozen hose in whatever manner they could. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Andy's Deli 2-9-11

Engine 108 has frozen hose propped over the top of the engine for the careful trip back to quarters. Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago 2-11 2-8-11

Chicago firefighters responded to a fire in a commercial building at 1008 S. Kilbourn Avenue this morning around 8AM. They encountered fire in the center of a one-story, 100 x 125 brick building which burned through the roof. The fire was upgraded to a 2-11 Alarm before being brought under control.

The Chicago Tribune has a brief article HERE which states among other things that …

The building, a factory, was occupied at the time the blaze started, but everyone got out and no injuries were reported.

Jeff Rudolph was at the scene and submitted several images which depict the cold temperatures and the large volume of snow on the ground that firefighters had to contend with.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Chicago Engine 38 was on a hydrant this morning at Kilbourn and Grenshaw during the 2-11. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Shop spare D551 was at also at the fire this morning. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Firefighters manning the deck gun on top of Engine 38 are encrusted with ice. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Chicago Squad 2A is shut down after using the master stream from the Snorkel to hit the fire this morning at 1008 S. Kilbourn. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Firefighters from Tower Ladder 10 were running with a spare E-ONE tower ladder and used the elevated master stream to wet down the hot spots after the fire was knocked down. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

The company from Truck 36 worked with hand tools as their rig was parked a block away. Jeff Rudolph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

Chicago Engine 113 was also pumping at the fire this morning. Jeff Rudloph photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 1008 S. Kilbourn

A shell of ice has formed around the helmet of this firefighter from Engine 38. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Chicago 2-11 alarm commercial fire 1-26-11 update

Steve Redick submitted several images of the 2-11 alarm fire last night at 1896 N. Milwaukee Avenue. He has a gallery which can be viewed HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

Squad 2's Snorkel is setup in Sector 1 to use their bucket to access the small window into the vacant occupancy to get water on the fire. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

Smoke escapes from the building at 1896 N. Milwaukee Avenue as firefighters use a hand line and elevated master streams to fight the fire. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

Members of Squad 2 use a thermal imager to locate the seat of the fire through the dense smoke. This building provided extremely limited access to the interior both in the front and rear. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

Engine 30 taps a hydrant with two lengths of hard suction hose at the south end of the block. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

An Air Mask Unit responds to all extra alarm fires and swaps out used air cylinders for companies. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 Milwaukee Avenue

Squad 2 stands by as the commanders hope to allow the fire to burn through the roof which would allow greater access for the master stream from the Snorkel above the roof line. Steve Redick photo

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Chicago 2-11 alarm commercial fire 1-26-11

Chicago companies responded to a fire at 1896 N. Milwaukee Avenue last night around 9PM and encountered heavy smoke pushing out of a one-story brick commercial structure. Exposures on either side of the building were three-story brick buildings. The fire was elevated to a 2-11 alarm as companies went defensive pulling all personnel out of the building that was determined to have a light-weight truss roof. There were few means of reaching the deep-seated fire from the front and rear as windows were minimal. Engine 35 was lead out in Sector 1 with Truck 28, Tower 10, and Squad 2A. Engine 57 was in the alley and Engines 30 and 43 had hydrants at the south end of the block. Dennis McGuire, Jr., Tim Olk, Steve Redick, and Larry Shapiro all took in the fire. Images will be posted later today.

A brief article can be found HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Jan 26, 2011 at 1896 Milwaukee Avenue

A shot in Sector 1 showing Engine 35 supplying water to Squad 2's Snorkel. In the background is Truck 28 and Tower Ladder 10. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery of  Larry Shapiro’s images can be seen HERE. Steve Redick’s photos are HERE.

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Lake Bluff 2-11 Alarm – update

Here are additional images from the 2-11 Alarm house fire in Lake Bluff today from Tim Olk. One of the homeowners sustained burns on his hand and face. A gallery of Tim’s images can be seen HERE.

Lake Bluff Fire Department 2-11 alarm fire Woodland Avenue

A Knollwood firefighter straddles the roof's peak prior to cutting a vent hole. Tim Olk photo

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A firefighter from Knollwood Truck 44 works to ventilate the roof at a house fire in Lake Bluff. Tim Olk photo

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A Lake Bluff Lieutenant works off a ladder to pull the soffit apart to expose the fire that is burning behind it. Tim Olk photo

Lake Bluff Fire Department house fire Woodland Avenue

Firefighters use a hand line in the rear of the house to hit hot spots on the first floor as another firefighter checks the second floor. Tim Olk photo

Lake Bluff Fire Department house fire Woodland Avenue

A firefighter appears lost in the smoke as he works off a ladder to cut through a portion of the roof for ventilation. Tim Olk photo

Lake Bluff Fire Department house fire Woodland Avenue

Fire from the attic vents through the roof as rear sector officers relay the information to companies working inside. Extensive damage to the first and second floors of the house is evident from this vantage point. Tim Olk photo

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Chicago 2-11 & EMS Plan I 1/01/11

A fire on New Year’s Day which apparently began on the rear porches escalated into a 2-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan I at 4315 W. 25th Place. The Chicago Tribune reports (HERE) that six people were injured including three Chicago firefighters. After receiving multiple calls, the Englewood Fire Alarm Office  boxed the fire before the first companies arrived. Engine 99 was first on the scene and reported that they had rear porches burning. Firefighters rescued two residents from the second floor via ground ladders from the 2-1/2 story frame building. The three firefighters were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tim Olk arrived on the scene in the early stages of the fire and was able to capture several striking images. Tim has a complete gallery which can be viewed HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm Fire 4315 W. 25th Place

A firefighter from Squad 1 climbs down a ladder after ventilating windows on the second floor as heavy flames escape. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Heavy fire pushes from the second floor of the building. The fire is believed to have originated on a rear porch and subsequently trapped the second floor residents who were rescued by firefighters. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Fire takes over the balance of the second floor as firefighters inside the building work to extinguish the flames. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

A battalion chief checks the progress of exterior companies after the fire on the second floor has been knocked down. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place

Three Chicago firefighters were transported from the fire scene with various non-life-threatening injuries sustained while fighting the fire on 25th Place. Here, several firefighters work together to remove one of the injured firefighters from the building. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm fire at 4315 W. 25th Place ice on firefighter

Temperatures were below freezing this morning as evidenced by the ice covering this Chicago battalion chief at the 2-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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Evanston 2-11 and Mayday 12-25-10

The Evanston Fire Department had a fire Christmas morning at 1809 Laurel Avenue. When companies arrived, they found fire in a two-flat structure and detached garage. The fire went to two extra alarms, gutted two other garages, and damage a neighboring home before being struck out. During the overhaul phase of the incident, one Evanston firefighter went down and a Mayday was issued. FirefighterCloseCalls.com posted the following description:

One firefighter was hospitalized and 2 others were treated on the scene after they were hurt this morning … at a fire that ran thru 3 garages and 2 dwellings in Evanston. Companies arrived and found a fire that was spreading quickly from at least one garage towards other garages and dwellings. The fire left three garages and two homes damaged. Toward the end of the fire, a “Mayday” was called when a firefighter became hurt. The FF was accounted for but needed help …was not burned, and 2 other firefighters were also hurt but suffered only minor injuries and were not hospitalized.

Karl Klotz arrived after the fire was knocked down and submitted several images of the scene plus a shot of Evanston’s new 2010 Pierce Arrow XT Engine at one of it’s first fires. Karl has posted a gallery of images HERE.

The Chicago Sun Times has an article HERE.

http://www.suntimes.com/3021714-417/evanston-fire-crews-firefighter-firefighters.html

The house at 1809 Laural in Evanston was gutted along with the detached garage and two neighboring garages. Karl Klotz photo

Evanston house fire December 25, 2010 at 1809 Laurel Avenue

One of three detached garages which sustained heavy damage Christmas morning at an extra alarm fire in Evanston. Karl Klotz photo

Evanston house fire December 25, 2010 at 1809 Laurel Avenue

Firefighters perform overhaul at 1809 Laurel Avenue in Evanston which was gutted by fire Christmas morning along with three detached garages. Karl Klotz photo

Evanston house fire December 25, 2010 at 1809 Laurel Avenue

Firefighters pickup hose after the fire was knocked down at this two-story residential building in Evanston. During the overhaul phase of the operation, a Mayday was called for a firefighter who collapsed. He was later transported to Evanston Hospital. Karl Klotz photo

Evanston house fire December 25, 2010 at 1809 Laurel Avenue Pierce Arrow XT engine

Evanston Engine 23 is a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT which was recently put into service. Funding for this engine came from Northwestern University which is recognized by a Northwestern Wildcats decal on the middle windows on each side of the cab. Karl Klotz photo

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