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2-Alarm fire in Northbrook, 1-16-19 (more)

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Authorities investigating an explosion and fire last week at a home in Northbrook have found no evidence the blaze was intentionally set or to indicate it was suspicious in nature, but the cause remains undetermined.

Fire Chief Andy Carlson said the cause of the blaze remained under investigation, and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office will continue to investigate plus experts will be sent out by the insurance company that covers the home and they are expected to look at the home’s appliances, including the furnace.

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2-Alarm fire in Northbrook, 1-16-19 (more)

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Firefighters battle house fire at night

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Firefighters battle houses on fire at night

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Firefighter battles house fire at night

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2-Alarm fire in Northbrook, 1-16-19 (more)

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A fire that broke out at a home in Northbrook Wednesday morning had three families running for their lives. An off-duty firefighter was on his way to work when he spotted a home in the 2500-block of Melanie Lane fully engulfed by flames. The Northbrook Fire Department was on the scene about 8 minutes later. Helicopter footage shows fire billowing out of the home and spreading to the houses on either side of it.

The woman who owns the home where the fire started said she heard a loud pop, then saw a wall of flames and managed to escape relatively unharmed. The neighbors got out too. 


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2-Alarm fire in Northbrook, 1-16-19

Northbrook firefighters along with mutual aid companies responded to a reported house explosion at 2563 Melanie Lane before 6:30 Wednesday morning (1/16/19). Arriving companies found one house engulfed in flames with fire extending into the exposure buildings on both sides. A Box Alarm was requested and then a 2nd Alarm was requested bringing companies from most of Division 3 to the scene. 

house engulfed by fire at night

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The original house was totally destroyed, one exposure was virtually gutted, and companies were able to contain the fire to the other house with what appeared to be minimal interior damage. Elevated master streams were deployed by Northbrook Tower 12 and Glenview truck 14. Glenview Engine 8, Northbrook Engine 10, and Northbrook Squad 11 were all pumping.

house on fire destroyed by an explosion

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New ambulance for Northbrook

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New Horton Model 623 on a Freightliner Chassis

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New unit for Northbrook Ambulance 10. Tim Olk photo

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2-Alarm building fire in Northbrook 7-1-13

The Northbrook Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a third floor apartment behind Station 11 at 620 Ballantree Drive shortly after 6PM on Monday evening. Initially, the reports from police officers left fire officials to believe that it was a barbecue grill on a deck, but companies soon found fire inside the third floor unit. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire, and multiple companies entered the building. Not long after they were inside the building, conditions deteriorated and an evacuation order was given. Heavy smoke pushed out of the building as it flashed, and a MABAS Box Alarm was requested as companies went defensive.

Units on the initial alarms included Northbrook Engines 11 and 10, Ambulance 11, Battalion 11, Tower 12, and Glencoe Engine 30. The Code 4 brought  Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Ambulance 52 and Northfield Truck 29. The box alarm added Glenview Truck 14, Wheeling Engine 42, Winnetka Engine 28, Prospect Heights Squad 9, and Highland Park Quint 33 in addition to companies for change of quarters.

A 2nd Alarm was requested shortly after the box and brought Highwood Truck 37, Deerfield Engine 20, Morton Grove Squad 4, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Truck 53, the Division Comm Van, and several chief officers.

The building had a mansard roof which masked a fair amount of fire and required extensive ventilation to extinguish all of it. Engines 11 and 32 had deck guns flowing, there were elevated master streams from Tower 12 and Truck 14 in addition to at least three hand lines.

Tim Olk arrived with the first-due companies and Larry Shapiro arrived after the box alarm. Both will have many images plus there will be a video from Larry.

Here are a few images that were submitted.

2nd Alarm building fire in Northbrook

Northbrook Tower 12 working from the D-side (south side). Larry Shapiro photo

2nd Alarm building fire in Northbrook

Glenview Truck 14 setting up to go to work. Larry Shapiro photo

2nd Alarm building fire in Northbrook

Glencoe Engine 30 with the deck gun at work plus Glencoe personnel manage a 2 1/2 inch line. Larry Shapiro photo

2nd Alarm building fire in Northbrook

Engine 11 using the deck gun and Tower 12. Larry Shapiro photo

2nd Alarm building fire in Northbrook

Northbrook Engine 11 flowing the deck gun in Sector A and Tower 12 on the D side. Larry Shapiro photo

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