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2-Alarm House fire near Libertyville, 6-8-15

This from Larry Shapiro:

The Libertyville Fire Department struck a 2nd Alarm for a house fire at 1121 Oak Spring Lane Monday evening (6/8/15) shortly after 8PM. First arriving companies had flames through the roof of a house undergoing renovations from a previous fire. The house is located at the end of a dead-end street with no hydrants. With the 2nd alarm, there were tenders from Grayslake, Wauconda, Countryside, Fox lake, lake Villa, Long Grove, Libertyville, Newport Township, and Antioch along with engines from Libertyville, Lake Bluff, Knollwood, Mundelein, Lake Forest, and Great Lakes. Squads on the scene were from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Gurney and the only truckwas from Libertyville.

They made quick work of knocking down the fire which was out when I arrived. Tim Olk arrived long before I did.

Countryside FPD water tender

Larry Shapiro photo

pierce fire engine drafting from portable tank

Larry Shapiro photo

house undergoing renovation with dumpster out front

Larry Shapiro photo

firefighter gets rinsed off after overhaul

Larry Shapiro photo

firemen overhaul house after fire at night

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fireman on ladder using hose at night

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Mundelein FD KME fire engine

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Libertyville FD fire engine

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD Box Alarm 11-11-13

This from John Tulipano:

I took in the box alarm in Lisle-Woodrdge at 14 Bittersweet Ct in Woodridge.
Eng 52 arrived to heavy fire in the rear of a 2sty frame (4-unit) town house complex approximately 50×100.
The heavy fire was already knocked down when I arrived, however there was a gas feed fire in the rear of the complex, all companies worked 2-handlines in rear to keep the fire in check until the arrival of Nicor, it took approximately 1-1/2 hours for Nicor to arrival and dig up the rear of the complex find the gas line and cap off the free flowing gas.
Box Alarm Companies were  Downers Grove Eng 5, Bolingbrook Eng 5, Lombard TL52, Naperville TL?, York Center Sqd 77
Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD tackles townhouse fire

John Tulipano photo

Lisle-Woodridge FPD press release

Structure Fire, 13-16 Bittersweet Court, Woodridge
November 11, 2013

At 12:42 P.M. on Monday, November 11, 2013, the Lisle Woodridge Fire District was notified by way of a 9-1-1 call from a resident reporting a two story 4-unit multi-family home on fire at 13 – 16 Bittersweet, Woodridge. The first unit arrived on scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear side of the structure.

A General Alarm was dispatched at 12:44 P.M. and upgraded to a Box Alarm, sending four (4) engines, two (2) ladder trucks, two (2) medic units, and a Command Team to the scene, providing nearly twenty five (25) Lisle-Woodridge Fire District personnel. In addition, resources were also provided from several surrounding fire departments and fire districts.

The first arriving crews on the scene stretched multiple hose-lines and began extinguishment of the fire while additional personnel set up the two responding truck companies to provide ventilation. The other companies strategically placed ladders around the building, assisted with hose lines and performed search and rescue for occupants inside the homes. There were two people home at the time of the fire; they exited safely from the building.

The majority of the fire was under control approximately forty (40) minutes after the Fire District’s arrival; however due to a gas leak, the fire continued to burn until crews could coordinate an effort to secure the leak and suppress the remainder of the fire. Several Emergency Units remained on the scene until approximately 5:30 P.M. performing salvage duties and overhauling the burned areas of the structure. Power was turned off to the building and all of the units were determined to be uninhabitable.

Other departments provided coverage at Lisle-Woodridge Fire District stations that were vacated to fight the fire. There were no civilian injuries however there were two minor injuries to firefighters during this incident.

The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District fire investigation team is investigating the cause of the fire. No further information is available at the time. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available. If you have further questions, please contact Bureau Chief Jim French at (630) 353-3030.

photo from Lisle-Woodridge FPD

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Countryside FPD house fire 4-17-13

This from Larry Shapiro:

Lightning is possibly to blame for starting a  house on fire at 26770 Longmeadow Circle in unincorporated Mundelein. The Countryside FPD received calls reporting black smoke from the front of the house around 12:30PM on Wednesday at what was a lull between heavy thunderstorms on the area. First arriving units found the homeowners outside and confirmed a structure fire. The alarm was quickly elevated to a MABAS Box Alarm which brought tankers (tenders) to the scene in addition to engines and trucks. Within the next 10 minutes a 2nd Alarm was requested sending additional units to the scene. Two Countryside units had lines off and the tower ladder deployed a master stream. The tankers were precautionary and though Long Grove Tanker 55 dropped a supply to Countryside’s engine, none of the other tankers were utilized.

After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, the area was pelted with another severe thunderstorm. By 2:30 most mutual aid companies had been released from the scene though there was still quite a bit of overhaul and salvage work. Companies came from Mundelein, Long Grove, Wauconda, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Lake Villa, Buffalo Grove, Grayslake, Round Lake, Fox Lake, Wheeling, Gurnee, Knollwood, Lake Forest, and Lake Zurich.

Here are some images and a short video from the scene.


Countryside FPD

Rear of new hose wagon. Larry Shapiro photo

MESS Canteen Service

MESS Canteen Service on the scene. Larry Shapiro photo

female firefighter on a line

Knollwood firefighters on a line. Larry Shapiro photo

Knollwood fire lieutenant

Knollwood lieutenant overhauling soffits in the rear. Larry Shapiro photo

fire engine with hose

Countryside engine with supply and attack lines. Larry Shapiro photo

firefighters with hose line

Gurnee firefighters on a line hitting hot spots. Larry Shapiro photo

house burns after lightning strike

Elevated master stream directed into the structure. Larry Shapiro photo

firefighters recover possessions

Firefighters salvage items from the house. Larry Shapiro photo

Rosenbauer Timberwolf engine

Countryside interface engine supplying the tower and several hand lines. Larry Shapiro photo

Countryside FPD pumper tanker  411

Countryside FPD tanker 411 supplying foam to hand lines. Larry Shapiro photo

fire department hose wagon

New Countryside hose wagon. Larry Shapiro photo

house fire Countryside FPD

Rear of the house. Larry Shapiro photo

house burns after lightning strike

The roof came in on the south end of the house. Larry Shapiro photo

panorama of fire trucks at house fire

Panoramic view of the house from the street. Larry Shapiro photo

Countryside FPD

Countryside Tower Ladder 412 flows a master stream. Larry Shapiro photo

house burns after lightning strike

View from the front of the house. Larry Shapiro photo

fireman at fire scene

A Long Grove firefighter stretches a supply line from Tanker 55. Larry Shapiro photo

Countyrside FPD apparatus

Another view of the Countryside units on the street in front of the house. Larry Shapiro photo

Rosenbauer America Raptor tower ladder at fire scene

Countryside Engine supplies the tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images will be posted HERE.

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