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Vintage Chicago 4-11 Alarm fire – November 1989

This from Steve Redick:

Some shots from a 4-11 at Hastings and Wolcott in Chicago. It was a barrel works as I recall and the embers from this drifted a block away and burned out some rooms on the top floor of an occupied apartment building. I forget it’s exact location. We ran down there just as the companies arrived. It may have been a box or maybe they just grabbed units from the 4-11. Truck 1 was used here with their brand new E-One rig with the pre-piped waterway. This was November 1989.

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk of the ATF National Response Team at the scene of the 4-11 Alarm fire at  4540 W. Haddon

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Chicago 5-11 Club Support Service Unit

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excavator at fire scene ruins

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

I was able to take in the big job on Tuesday, a 4-11 (actually with all the extra units well over a 5-11 response) at Haddon & Kilbourn. First let’s have a little history lesson. September of 1990 a 4-11 alarm occurred in the same building. A certain famous west side chief gave a radio report describing a concrete structure converted into a flea market and asked for a precautionary box that elevated to a 4-11 Alarm. One comment was made to the effect of this is a concrete structure … the fire is not gonna go anywhere … after this transmission a phantom voice came on the radio and said yeah so was McCormick Place. A fun thing to share and the chief involved is a well respected and admired guy, now enjoying retirement. Perhaps history has enhanced this little anecdote but it’s worth recalling.

Anyway I have enclosed an aerial view of the building involved. It was a massive structure containing thousands of square feet of flea market booths, many sealed off with cyclone fencing. Everything under the sun was stored and sold here. There were no real windows and to make matters worse the entire roof consisted of a concrete parking surface … impossible to ventilate in any way. The building backs up to an elevated railroad embankment, and other access is generally poor with narrow streets in a crowded industrial district. A perfect storm of factors created a massive and dangerous incident.

Arriving units reported heavy smoke conditions and could barely see to maneuver apparatus down the street. Heavy fire was in an area set back from the street, under the parking deck. I arrived about 35 minutes in and observed fire and smoke venting from the inaccessible center portion of the complex. Cars were falling into the fire as the concrete roof deck collapsed.Tower ladder 14 was operating with it’s brand new E-One tower ladder, only days in service.

The fire traveled into a massive portion of the building to the north and caused dangerous smoke conditions making Division Street impassable. A truck company attempted entry into this section using a searchline and TIC but made little headway due obstructions. Several in-line operations were conducted, including two engines driving up on the railroad right-of-way. The hose wagon performed two massive hose lays along Division Street, one east and one west of the fire building. The new Turret Wagon 6-7-3 was also put to use.  Smoke conditions downwind were punishing to the engineers as well as members in the tower buckets. The incident lasted many hours and units were on the scene all night long. The building was so large at least one additional RIT was in place.

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

Images and video by Steve Redick from the Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

More photos from the Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16

Chicago firefighters battle a commercial fire

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E-ONE Cyclone II tower ladder at work in Chicago

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Chicago FD Snorkel at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 2A, the Snorkel at work

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Chicago FD Air Mask Unit 6-4-6

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Chicago FD Engine 44 at fire scene

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Chicago firefighters battle a huge fire

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Heavy smoke and flames at building fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD African American captain

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Chicago FD District Chief Tim Sampey at fire scene

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

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Chicago firefighters battle a commercial fire

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Chicago FD District Chief Tim Sampey at fire scene

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

Video by Larry Shapiro from the 4-11 Alarm fire at 4540 W. Haddon (3/8/16)

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16 (more)

Images from Tim Olk of the 4-11 Alarm fire at 4540 W. Haddon (3/8/16)

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm + 1 Special and Haz Mat Level I, 3-8-16

First of many posts from the 4-11 Alarm fire in the flea market at 4540 W. Haddon.

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here are some of my shots from the 4-11 Alarm today
Full Gallery is being uploaded to my website
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Maiden fire for CFD Tower Ladder 14. Josh Boyajian photo

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm fire, 10-30-15 (more)

More on the 4-11 Alarm with the Mayday at 3536 W. Irving Park Road on Friday 10/30/15.

This from Steve Redick:

Took this in Friday,  I arrived shortly after the 3-11 was pulled. Fire was involving several stores in the cockloft area and rapidly spreading to other occupancies. The overhead view I supplied gives an idea of the construction and layout . 3 tower ladders, a Snorkel, and several multiversals and handlines were utilized. Collapse became a significant concern as the operations progressed. Hereis an assortment of photos to be followed by another email with some images of a fireground event that caused some injuries.

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Later in the alarm a fireground event, described as a smoke explosion, backdraft  or possibly a collapse created a tremendous sudden push of smoke and heat from the building. I captured some images of conditions in the front of the building just as this occurred, and also got some images of the RIT deploying in response to a brief mayday that was declared. The east side of the building had an overhead door, and when the event happened a large rush of heat , smoke, fire, and air vented out of this opening, injuring 3 members. I believe all are ok, with some minor injuries. I don’t believe the RIT actually performed any actual rescue as the injured members were upright in short order. The WGN helicopter footage showed this event as it occurred … check it out at wgn.com. I personally think a large portion of the roof came down causing this rapid exit of fire gasses … mind you just my opinion … I am not qualified to truly judge what actually happened.

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RIT team moves in at fire sene

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm fire, 10-30-15 (more)

Photos by Tim Olk and John Tulipano from the 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 10/30/15

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