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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 3-15-13

This from Erik Haak:

At 1631hrs on Friday afternoon, the Englewood Fire Alarm Office dispatched a working fire response to 1650 W. 75th Place.  At 1634hrs, Truck 50 confirmed a working fire in a 50×100 1-story ordinary commercial structure.  Truck 50 reported a possible truss roof and almost immediately called for the Still & Box.  Battalion 20 set up defensive operations with Engine 129 operating in sector 1 and Tower Ladder 39 setting up in a lot to the east of the fire building.  Squad 5’s snorkle operated on the parkway to the east of the building as well.  At 1656hrs, 2-2-5 pulled a 2-11.  Tower Ladder 34 was set up to the west of the fire building at the end of Paulina Street.  The first photo taken in my series was shot nearly an hour after the fire started.  The 2-11 was struck out at 1821hrs and companies stayed on scene chasing hot spots until just before 2000hrs.

Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 3-15-13

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 3-15-13

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 3-15-13

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire 3-15-13

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon History (pt7)

More on the history of turret wagons in the Chicago Fire Department.

This from Steve Redick

I was surfing through my collection..kinda bored cause I haven’t shot any fire photos in a while. I found this shot and thought I would share it because it’s relevant to our recent turret wagon photos. I am not sure of the source of this photo..might be a CFD negative..I do know it is not one I took. A few interesting things to see…truck 2 is using an old Mack magirus and you can see how they had to use a ground ladder to ascend to the main ladder…really gotta wonder what the designers were thinking there…and ya gotta wonder even more why the heck did CFD buy these??!!!!??? Prominently in the photo is the original “Big Mo”..turret wagon with lots of lines hooked up and sporting the CD paint job of white over blue. This thing changed paint schemes like a chameleon changes colors.The other detail I could pick out was what I remember as snorkel 4…it had a stripping ladder mounted on the boom, easily accessible from the basket. Snorkels weren’t just elevated master streams..before tower ladders they did lots of regular truck work too. The fire is downtown somewhere and I estimate the time frame as the mid 70s..anyone recognize this location??
This stuff is way cool…any comments will be shared!!
Steve

Chicago Fire Department Turret Wagon Big Mo

Turret Wagon Big Mo at work at a large fire in Chicago. Photographer unknown.

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm Fire 2-15-13 (pt2)

More images of the 2-11 Alarm fire at 2733 E. 79th Street from Tim Olk.

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Tim Olk photo

heavy smoke from burning building

Tim Olk photo

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Tim Olk photo

Chicago Snorkel Squad 5

Tim Olk photo

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Tim Olk photo

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt8)

More images from the 5-11 and subsequent days of follow-up

These from Josh Boyajian:

 

firefighters battle huge warehouse fire

Josh Boyajian photo

firefighters battle huge warehouse fire

Josh Boyajian photo

building encased in ice after huge fire Snorkel at work

Josh Boyajian photo

building encased in ice after huge fire Snorkel at work

Josh Boyajian photo

 

Josh has more photos

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 5)

Tim Olk submitted several images from the fire on Tuesday. Tim’s images show the earliest on-scene images as compared to the other contributors.

 

Chicago fire engine with ice

Chicago Engine 8 from Chinatown covered with ice. Tim Olk photo

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A firefighter coated with ice from the spray of the master streams. Tim Olk photo

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Chicago Engine 47 pumping at the scene of the 5-11 Alarm warehouse fire. Tim Olk photo

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A battalion chief surveys the fire from the turntable of Truck 18. Tim Olk photo

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Silhouette of a firefighter on Truck 18’s ladder. Tim Olk photo

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A line is taken to the roof of an adjacent building. Tim Olk photo

Pierce ladder truck at fire scene

Truck 18 on the Ashland Avenue overpass is setup to an exposure building. Tim Olk photo

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Tower Ladder 39 surrounded by flying embers hits the fire with a master stream. Tim Olk photo

massive fire in warehouse at night

Phenomenal fire fully involving the entire structure. TIm Olk photo

Tim has a gallery with substantially more images.

Additionally, there are several images taken today (Wednesday) as companies remain on the scene.

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Chicago reserve Snorkel on Ashland Avenue in front of the ice covered ruins of the 5-11 Alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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A tower ladder works at the ruins of the 5-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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Another tower ladder working the day after the fire was detected. Tim Olk photo

There is a separate gallery with follow-up images.

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 3)

Larry Shapiro has posted a video from the 5-11 +2 specials

Tim Olk visite the ruins today and submitted these images showing some of the ice sculpture at the scene.

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Frozen box truck at the scene of the 5-11. Tim Olk photo

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Another truck cab that was covered with ice and is located behind the fire building. Tim Olk photo

 

 

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 2)

From Josh Boyajian:

Here are my pictures from last night!
large nighttime fire in CHicago

Tower Ladder 5 was in a spare apparatus last night. They were at the corner of Sectors 1 and 4. Josh Boyajian photo

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Sector 1 fully involved. Josh Boyajian photo

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A deck gun in use from Engine 49. Josh Boyajian photo

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A view looking at Sector 1 from the Ashland Avenue Frontage Road. Josh Boyajian photo

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A multi-versal works by Engines 49 and 8, both of which are operating deck guns. Josh Boyajian photo

Chicago fire engine at large fire

Engine 29 from deploys a deck gun at 36th Street and the west frontage road of Avenue. Josh Boyajian photo

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A view from underneath the Ashland Avenue bridge looking down 38th Street after a portion of the fire building collapsed. Josh Boyajian photo

From Jeff Rudolph:

Some pics from last night, Jeff R
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Huge fire seen in Sector 3 well after the interior collapsed. Jeff Rudolph photo

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A firefighter from Engine 8 coated with ice. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Squad 1A with a master stream in Sector 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Truck 33 with an elevated master stream in Sector 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Engine 8 icing up in Sector 1. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Firefighters on Truck 33 in the rear. Jeff Rudolph photo

 

ABC Chicago has an article HERE.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said a southside warehouse that caught fire Tuesday night will be a total loss.

“Totally involved. … This is a major fire,” read a message posted to Twitter at about 9:50 p.m. Moments later there was a message that a portion of the structure had collapsed.

Firefighters were in “defensive mode” in attacking the fire in a building on the 3700 block of South Ashland Avenue, spokesman Larry Langford said.

But despite his initial, confident remark that the fire would be isolated, flames spread to at least one nearby building. The owner of a printing company, at 3801 S. Ashland Ave., was on the scene and expressed concerns about chemicals inside that could explode.

 

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13

There will be several posts with information and images from multiple contributors depicting the 5-11 with 2 Special Alarms that occurred Tuesday night at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue.

In the meantime, here are a few images of the scene from Larry Shapiro.

5-11 alarm warehouse fire in Chicago 1-22-13 at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue

The roof is in and heavy fire is seen throughout the building as viewed from the corner of Sectors 1 and 4. Larry Shapiro photo

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Several deck guns work in Sector 1 from Engines 8 and 49. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire engine at large nighttime fire scene Spartan Luverne Crimson

Engine 16 was being fed by an in-line operation supplying water to companies working in Sector 3. Larry Shapiro photo

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Firefighters monitor the elevated master stream working in Sector 3 off of Truck 33. Larry Shapiro photo

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Squad 1A was working for several hours in Sector 3. Larry Shapiro photo

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What would a winter fire in Chicago be without firefighters encased in ice. Larry Shapiro photo

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6-7-6 was special called to the scene and put to work in Sector 1. Larry Shapiro photo

Images to come will be from Tim Olk, Steve Redick, Jeff Rudolph, Josh Boyajian, Dan McInerney and additional images from Larry Shapiro. Videos from Steve and Larry are also forthcoming.

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm Fire 12-29-12 (pt 3)

Third article about the 4-11 Alarm fire on Saturday at 2444 W. 21st Place in Chicago.

Images from Steve Redick who arrived on the scene very early into the incident. Previous posts are HERE and HERE.

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Massive fire blows out all windows in Sector 1. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Another image showing the intense fire that overtook the building. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Heavy fire burns through a loading dock in the alley behind the building. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Heavy fire seen throughout the building and through the roof from Sector 3 prior to companies operating on that side. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

An officer directs companies into the gravel lot off Cullerton Street in Sector 3. Steve Redick photo

 

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street Snorkel

Heavy fire burns throughout the building as Squad 1A takes position in Sector 3. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

A large diameter supply line is stretched to supply a master stream in Sector 3. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Squad 1 positions their Snorkel. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Firefighters elevate the basket of Tower Ladder 54 as they prepare to put the master stream to work. Steve Redick photo

 

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

As Tower Ladder 54 is readied for a master stream, Truck 7 sits on the corner before being moved to allow Tower Ladder 10 to setup. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Chicago Engine 26 secures a hydrant on 21st Street at Western Avenue. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

The thick smoke and heavy fire seems to turn day into night along 21st Street. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Fire blows out of two sides of the three-story warehouse building. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Truck 32 was rigged for aerial pipe operations but a decision was made instead to special call two additional tower ladders to the scene. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

A pair of Battalion buggies which will have to be repositioned as the fire spreads rapidly throughout the almost block-long building. Steve Redick photo

Chicago 4-11 Alarm massive fire at commercial warehouse facility 12-29-12 at 2444 S. 21st Street

Tower Ladder 54 goes to work at the corner of Western Avenue and 21st Street. Steve Redick photo

More of Steve’s images can be found HERE.

 

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm Fire 12-29-12 (pt 2)

Second article about the 4-11 Alarm fire on Saturday at 2444 W. 21st Place in Chicago.

Images from Larry Shapiro who arrived at the scene well after all of the other contributors in the first article.

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

After the roof and upper floors collapsed, heavy fire was concentrated in the ground floor. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street Chicago Tower Ladder 54

Engine 26 was at the corner of 21st Street and Western Avenue. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Thick black smoke clouds the sky as the fire burns a section of the roof at the east end of the fire building several hours into the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Engine 28, a 1997 HME Luverne supplies Engine 103 from the 2300 block of Cullerton Street. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Engines 18 and 5 pump in-line to supply master streams from Sector 3 off Cullerton Street. Larry SHapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Engine 35 is feeding Tower Ladder 10 on Western Avenue. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Firefighters drag a line to put a multi-versal into operation in Sector 3. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Tower Ladder 39, in Sector 3, awaits water to put their master stream to work. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

6-6-1, the reserve Snorkel housed with Engine 35, was special called to the scene almost immediately. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

Command Van 2-7-1 is setup on Western Avenue. Larry Shapiro photo

4-11 alarm commercial building fire in Chicago 12-29-12 at 2444 W. 21st Street

The gas company brought a crew to the scene to dig under the street in order to shut down the gas to the building. Seen among the ruins in Sector 1, a gas fed fire burns freely. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry has a gallery of images HERE.

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