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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.

All of the images can be seen on my website:

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Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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Chicago fire engine

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Chicago fire scene

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heavy smoke at fire scene

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

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Chicago FD Hose Wagon 6-1-2

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Chicago FD Hose Wagon 6-1-2

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

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

The Chicago Fire Department requested assistance from the ATF National Response Team to help investigate an extra-alarm fire that tore through a flea market in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood Tuesday.

The fire broke out soon after 9 a.m. inside a one-story building at 4540 W. Haddon Ave. that houses the Buyer’s Flee Market and continued to burn into the evening, swallowing cars parked on the collapsing roof and the wares of hundreds of vendors.

No one was injured in the fire, to which a total of about 180 firefighters and 60 pieces of equipment responded, according to fire officials.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team along with the Chicago Fire Department’s Office of Fire Investigation and the Chicago Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Unit are going to work together to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

The investigation of the fire will require “significant amounts of debris, lost merchandise and more than 100 vehicles to be moved from the collapsed structure,” according to a news release from the Chicago Fire Department.

The federal assistance has been requested due to the size of the building and the amount of work needed to determine the cause and origin of the fire, according to the release.

The National Response Team will provide specially certified agents for fire investigation and scene analysis, including a mobile laboratory for forensic analysis and canine teams to examine the remains of chemical traces. The resources  are also going to include electrical engineers and earth moving machinery at no cost to the city.

thanks Dan

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Chicago Still & Box, 3/6/16

This from Steve Redick:

Took in a job at 5336 W. Leland Avenue in a normally quiet and very congested neighborhood Monday (3/7/16). Radio reports indicated a basement fire extending to all floors in a frame dwelling. Engine 94 was very creative in finding a good spot for access in the rear. From the alley they stretched 4-inch supply line onto the next block. This operation, at least from my perspective, was very effective. Got some nice shots of roof operations as fire was venting through the the back portion of the building. This was contained with handlines in short order.

Steve

firemen on peak roof with fire at night

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firemen on peak roof with fire at night

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firemen on peak roof with fire at night

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fire engine in alley with hose off

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hose lines deployed through alley garage

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Chicago FD Engine 94

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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD Truck 38

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Chicago FD Engine 47

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tower ladder at house fire

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

This from From Danny Nelms:

When I was leaving the city this morning I came across Tower 39 changing over to their new rig at the Academy

Also with a few other pictures I took down there

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39 old and new

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39 old and new. Danny Nelms photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39

Tower Ladder 39 being taken out of service. Danny Nelms photo

Chicago FD Ford Explorer

Spare buggy B508. Danny Nelms photo

Chicago FD van

6-4-12. Danny Nelms photo

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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 

Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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New tower ladders for Chicago (more)

Images from Gordon Nord of the new tower ladders at quarters.

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

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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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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

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

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Air Mask Unit 6-4-6

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Chicago firefighters battle a huge fire

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Chicago FD Engine 44 at fire scene

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Firemen drag hose at fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire truck at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire scene

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Chicago firefighters battle a huge fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire truck at fire scene

Tim Olk photo

fireman climbing aerial at 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 fire engines at fire scene

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firemen with hose at fire

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fire chief at fire scene

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-6 at work

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago firefighters battle a commercial fire

Larry Shapiro photo

firefighters after a fire

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD District Chief Tim Sampey at fire scene

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more photos at shapirophotography.net

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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)

Chicago firefighter at fire scene

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car on fire in garage

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tower ladder working at fire scene

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Chicago FD Snorkel at fire scene

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heavy smoke from commercial fire

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Tim Olk photo

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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
Chicago fire truck at fire scene

Maiden fire for CFD Tower Ladder 14. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago firefighters at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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