Posts Tagged Chicago Fire Department

2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-25-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

Last night (9/25/15), the EFAO put out a Still & Box Alarm at 51st and Carpenter. Engine 50 arrived to find a 2.5-sty, wood-frame with heavy smoke showing. They lead out two lines and Truck 18 went to the roof. Due to the amount of fire in the attic and with the stair wells burned out, companies were pulled out and went defensive until the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Unfortunately, companies found a victim in the attic after the fire was out. Here are a few shots, my whole gallery is HERE

scene of a fatal fire in Chicago

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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heavy fire and flames through the roof of a house at night

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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Chicago FD Engine 123

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One dead after wall collapse in Chicago, 9-24-15

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A man was killed when a wall collapsed as workers removed roofing material without proper permits at a Bronzeville neighborhood building Thursday morning, officials said.

Firefighters responded shortly before noon at a one-story brick building at 505 E. Pershing Road, according to fire officials.

Daniel Miller, 46, of the 9900 block of South Nottingham Avenue in Chicago Ridge, was pulled from the rubble according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:56 p.m.

The Department of Buildings learned that workers from the community were removing roofing material from the building without proper permits. The last permit issued for this property was an electrical permit on (Sept. 3) to install, conduit, new outlets, lights and switches.”

Fire officials said that when firefighters arrived, they learned a man was trapped under the rubble of a concrete roof and part of a brick wall. It took crews about an hour to shore up what was left of the building to remove the man’s body from the rubble.

Eric Clarke photo, Chicago Tribune

Eric Clarke photo, Chicago Tribune

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Chicago property tax increase for pension payments (more)

Excerpts from CBSChicago.com:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told aldermen Tuesday the city must raise property taxes by $543 million to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, or face laying off thousands of firefighters and police officers.

The mayor’s budget plan includes phasing in that $543 million property tax over the next four years, with the bulk of it scheduled for this year. He also proposed a new garbage collection fee, and a bevy of other new taxes and fees, as he aims to eliminate the city’s structural budget deficit, and solve the city’s pension crisis. Emanuel also called for an additional $45 million property tax hike to fund school construction.

If approved by at least 26 aldermen, the mayor’s budget plan would amount to what analysts have called the largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history.

Emanuel called the proposed property tax hike a “last resort” to avoid massive cuts to essential services.

The mayor said, to meet police and firefighter pension obligations through spending cuts alone would mean laying off 2,500 police officers — 20 percent of the current force — and 2,000 firefighters — about 40 percent of the force. The city also would have to close 48 fire stations, reduce trash collection from once a week to twice a month, eliminate recycling services altogether, stop repairing potholes, halt rodent abatement programs, and eliminate graffiti removal.

“In short, if we were to fund our pensions with cuts alone, our city services would become unreliable. Our City would become unlivable. And that would be totally unacceptable,” he said. “We must solve our pension challenge and there are only two options: we can make the damaging cuts that I spelled out and undermine all of the hard work and progress that we made, or we can raise property taxes to meet our obligation to police and firefighters who answer our every call. The bill is due today. And that is the choice that is in front of us. I know where I stand.”

Emanuel’s plan would call for a $318 million increase in the 2015 property tax levy, payable in 2016, followed by a $109 million hike in the 2016 levy, a $53 million increase in the 2017 levy, and a $63 million increase in the 2018 levy. Additionally, the city would authorize a $45 million increase in property taxes in the 2015 levy to fund school construction.

All told, the $588 million in property tax increases would cost the owner of a $250,000 home about $588 more per year.

In addition to the property tax hike, Emanuel called for a $9.50 per month garbage collection fee to raise roughly $60 million a year in new revenue; a 50-cent-per-ride surcharge on taxis and ride-sharing services, to generate close to $50 million; a 15 percent increase in cab fares; authorizing ride-share companies to pick up customers at O’Hare and Midway airports, in exchange for a$5 fee for every dropoff and pickup at the airports and Navy Pier; new taxes on e-cigarettes to bring in $1 million; and an increase in building permit fees to generate another $13 million.

The mayor also stressed he has included $170 million in “savings and reforms,” to cut costs before turning to higher taxes.

Ralph Martire, director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, said he expects some Chicago residents aren’t going to like what they hear in terms of new taxes and fees.

“Folks are certainly going to react negatively to an entire series of tax increases that seem like nickel and diming in some instances – the additional cab fee, the additional garbage fee,” he said.

However, Martire said – especially during former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s tenure – the city has used one-time revenues and borrowing to pay ongoing operating expenses, while police and fire pension debt ballooned without proper payments.

“You know, he [Emanuel] will have to make some distasteful choices. That’s the bad news, and I think the worse news is some of these choices should have been made years ago, possibly even a decade or so ago,” he said.

Martire said drastic steps by the city and the state are needed to get the city’s budget and employee pension systems on solid footing.

However, top Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner havent’ been able to agree on anything.

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Chicago working fire, 9/21/15

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr:

 Here are some shots of a working fire in the 22nd Battalion at 12047 S. Perry at approximately 0130 on 9/21/2015. Engine Co. 75 arrived with a fire in what appeared to be an abandoned 2-story frame, 25×50. Fire was found on the 1st floor with some extension into the 2nd floor. These photos were taken after much of the fire was knocked.
More photos can be found HERE
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fire scene at night

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fire scene at night

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fire scene at night

The rear of the fire building. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

fire scene at night

Truck Co. 27 with main to the roof. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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Chicago working fire, 9-19-15

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few shots of Saturday’s working fire at 7814 S. Phillips (9/19/15). The fire started on the second floor of a three-story, occupied apartment building and extended to the third floor.

Chicago FD Engine 72

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fireman overhauls after fire

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fireman overhauls after fire

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fireman overhauls after fire

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire with Mayday alert, 8-31-15 (More)

Radio traffic from the Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire with Mayday alert, (8-31-15)

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire with Mayday alert, 8-31-15 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

This was about 0100 Monday morning at 4874 Lincoln Ave. A bar on the first, bowling alley above. Fire reported to be through the roof on arrival. During the initial attack a member from Engine 110 was reported missing, but thankfully was located in short order and ok. Heavy fire throughout the top floor and through the roof on my arrival. Tower ladders 21, 23, and 14, Squad 2, Reserve Snorkel 1, and 110 deck gun were among the master streams used. Click here to see all the images

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21

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huge commercial building fire at night

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21

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Chicago FD Engine 110

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Chicago FD Engine 71

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Chicago FD Engine 110

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Chicago FD Engine 70

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Chicago FD Engine 83

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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Chicago FD Engine 110

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Chicago FD Engine 110

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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More photos at firescenes.net

 

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire with Mayday alert, 8-31-15

From Steve Redick of the 3-11 Alarm fire with a Mayday alert at 4874 N. Lincoln Avenue (8/30/15)

bowling alley fire in Chicago

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Double Fatal fire in Chicago, 8-29-15

From CFD Media at 10AM this morning:

A Still and Box alarm 5205 S Lorel A Still and Box alarm 5205 S Lorel| E32 E127 E34 E88 T60 TL54 T52 TL39 BC16 BC6 BC15 BC14 224 274 SQD5 466 467 455 457 A21 A12 A54

scene of fatal house fire in Chicago 8-29-15

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scene of fatal house fire in Chicago 8-29-15

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scene of fatal house fire in Chicago 8-29-15

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scene of fatal house fire in Chicago 8-29-15

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Chicago Police Department arson detectives are investigating a suspicious fire in which two men died Saturday morning on the city’s Southwest Side. According to police, the fire broke out shortly before 10 a.m. at a structure on the 5200 block of South Lorel Avenue in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

Chicago Fire Media said on Twitter that two people, both adult males were discovered unresponsive inside of the building and died in the fire.

 

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 8/26/15 (more)

Images from Adam Koscielski of the 3-11 Alarm fire at 1610 N. Wells (8/26/15)

Chicago Squad 1 at fire scene

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smoke from roof of burning building

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Chicago fire scene

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Chicago fire scene

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Chicago fire scene

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