Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

An impressive header was visible for miles as the Cicero Fire Department and several neighboring departments battled a fire in an industrial building on 54th Avenue. Tuesday evening. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Thick black smoke and flames burned freely through the roof of the building as Cicero upgraded the alarm for additional help in battling the blaze. Cicero Engine 2 seen through the fence has a positin in the next yard over. Josh Boyaian photo

Cicero companies responded to an industrial fire near Roosevelt and Laramie around 7PM and found a large, well involved building. Chicago companies also responded to a reported fire in the area and returned when it was confirmed that the fire was in Cicero. A header from the fire could be seen as far north as Morton Grove.

Josh Boyajian went to the fire and submitted several images and a description:

Cicero was toned out at around 7pm for a possible factory fire. While enroute there was a huge header visible for miles. Enigne 1 was was first on scene and requested a BOX. About 10 minutes later it was upgraded to a 2-11.  Cicero Eng 1 was the first engine and Cicero Trk 2 was the first truck.
Stickney Engine 1201 was the box engine and was suppling Engine 1. Stickney dropped their bed of 1,000 feet of 4″ to a Chicago hydrant on Roosevelt
Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

The engineer of Cicero Engine 1 connects a large diameter supply line from Stickney Engine 1201. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Stickney Engine 1201 had a hydrant down the block and was supplying water to Cicero Engine 1. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Cicero Truck 2 had an elevated master stream in operation. Cicero Tower 1 in the background was also working. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Cicero Tower 1 was supplied by Engine 3 in a parking lot down the road from Truck 2's position. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Cicero Truck 2 was the first truck on the scene and was spotted close to the main body of fire. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Cicero Engine 1 and Truck 2 looking down 54th Avenue. Josh Boyajian photo

Cicero industrial fire on 54th Avenue 8-16-11 2nd alarm

Looking along the ladder of Truck 2 as the master stream targets the seat of the fire at dusk. Josh Boyajian photo

A brief article in the Tribune can be found HERE.

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