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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-16-19

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

S&B Audio 2237 s Keeler

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-9-19

radio traffic – Chicago FD 2-11 Alarm fire 8/9/19 at 6222 S Artesian

thanks Josh

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Vintage radio traffic from Morton Grove, 1-25-89

This from Steve Redick:

Here is a radio traffic recording I made of a 2nd alarm fire at 5945 Dempster in Morton Grove. I believe this was on January 25, 1989. The battalion chief who had the fire was Norman Ruth. This was a real dandy and I was there just after the initial attack lines were laid. If you listen closely you can here all kinds of classic dispatching and RED Center radio traffic from the good old days. The fireground traffic is very telling if you listen closely as well.  Old suburban traffic is hard to come by and is a very minute portion of my archive but this is a real classic.

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vintage Pierce fire trucks at fire scene

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Morton Grove FD Squad 1

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Niles FD Truck 2 Pirsch tractor-drawn aerial

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vintage fire scene photo

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2-Alarm fire in Elmhurst, 1-26-17 (part 6)

Radio traffic from the 2-Alarm fire in Elmhurst, 1-26-17


thanks Steve



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3-Alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm in Cicero, 9-19-16 (more)

9/19/16 CICERO – 3rd Alarm/EMS Box Alarm apartment fire w/ communication 1913-1915 S. Cicero Ave. – Cicero Central fire radio traffic via Broadcastify/Video by Radioman911

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago kills four, 8-23-16

This from Dave Weaver,

8/23/16 CHICAGO – 4-Fatality 3-11 Alarm/EMS Plan 2 Apartment Fire 8114 S. Essex Ave. – (Englewood fire radio repeater traffic edited for major transmissions only and heavily time-condensed) Recording by Radioman911/Audio via Broadcastify

Excerpts from the

A 3-month-old baby, two girls 4 and 7, and a man died in an extra-alarm fire in an apartment building in the South Chicago neighborhood early Tuesday, and police said a man suspected of starting the fire after an argument is being held.

Officials said that the baby died after being found next to a man who had jumped from the three-story building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue at 1:39 a.m., the two girls were found in an apartment on the third floor, and the man was discovered in an apartment next door.

A police source said a man suspected of starting the fire has been taken into custody.  He apparently had an argument with someone in the South Side building, and that person was able to escape the fire.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Arriel Gray said firefighters encountered heavy flames on the second and third floors. Both stairwells were compromised. Fire crews were unable to get inside the building because of the intensity of the fire and had to combat the blaze from the outside.

The fire was struck out at 5:39 a.m., according to Gray.

Witnesses said they saw several people jump from the building, which has about 32 apartments.  Fire officials said they used ladders to rescue several people.

The 3-month-old was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital and was pronounced dead at 2:40 a.m.

A 48-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, and two other people were taken to South Shore Hospital, one in fair condition and the other in a good condition.

The bodies of a man and two children were found hours later as firefighters finally got access to the  part of the building where the fire started.

People jumped from apartments on the second and third floors on the south side of the U-shaped apartment building.

The building, its apartments facing 81st Street and Essex Avenue, has failed every annual inspection dating to 2011, according to records from the Chicago Department of Buildings.

The most recent failed inspection was in November 2015.  City officials were unable to access most of the apartments or the rear porches to fully investigate the conditions of the structure, records show. In the areas city officials were able to investigate, they found a porch that was improperly secured to the building, an interior stairwell missing pickets and mice droppings in a kitchen.

Among several violations listed in previous inspections were missing and non-functioning smoke detectors, non-functioning emergency lighting, fire extinguishers with expired tags, protruding nails on porches and rats inside a unit.

Police said they received reports around 1:35 a.m. that someone had set fire to the courtyard building.  Responding firefighters called a 2-11 Alarm as the fire spread through the second and third floors. That was quickly followed by a 3-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan II, sending 10 ambulances and around 150 firefighters along with extra equipment to the fire.

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Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire with EMS Plan 2, 8-23-15

Audio from the 2-11 Alarm fire and EMS Plan II at 1055 W. Catalpa on 8/23/15.

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Prospect Heights Box Alarm, 11-3-14

This from Larry Shapiro:

The Prospect Heights FD was alerted to a house fire around 3AM today (Monday) at 1201 N. Stratford Road, off of Rand Road. While en route they were notified that a 14-year old boy was trapped inside and the other family members were outside. Several police officers attempted to search for the boy but were forced out by heavy fire conditions and smoke.

Arlington Heights Engine 2 was the first unit on-scene with heavy fire in the center of the house. The street is without hydrants and supply lines were dropped to an Arlington Heights street in one direction and to a shopping center across Rand Road at the other end. Water was a problem for a short time as Engine 2 experienced mechanical issues that prevented supplying the lines. Additional lines were supplied from Prospect Heights Tower 9.

A Box Alarm was requested along with several additional ambulances as the two adults from the house and three police officers required medical attention. One ambulance was held for a possible rescue of the missing boy.

It was determined that the boy was not at home and he was later found elsewhere. Two people were transported to the hospital.

firemen battle full-involved house fire at night

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Pierce Quantum fire engine at night fire scene

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fully engulfed house fire

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firemen cut through wall of house

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Arlington Heights fire chief at fire scene

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fire burns from a basement window well

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aftermath of house fire

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CFD radio recording – E82 10-1 (11-1-13)

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RECORDING: 11/01/13 Chicago FD Engine 82 10-1 Fighting w/ Multiple Pedestrians Struck 9321 S. Cottage Grove Ave. – Radio traffic recording by Radioman911
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2-Alarm fire in Gurnee, 10-27-13 (more) provided radio traffic from yesterday’s fire in Gurnee:

2013/10/27 Gurnee 2nd Alarm Townhouse Fire 17434 W. Walnut Ln.

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