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3-Alarm fire in Lake Forest, January 28, 2014

Lake Forest firefighters responded to a reported basement fire Tuesday afternoon at 180 W. Laurel Avenue. The first arriving unit reported nothing showing from the outside, but found smoke upon entering the large house. Within roughly 9 minutes, the alarm was upgraded to a working still alarm, a MABAS Box Alarm, and then a 2nd Alarm as smoke began escaping from the eaves.

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

There was a hydrant at the end of the long, curvy driveway. The first-due Lake Forest engine and the Knollwood quint both made the driveway … with some difficulty. Fire was located in the void space beneath the first floor and then in some walls on the second floor.

winter fire scene photos with E-ONE quint

Larry Shapiro photo

winter fire scene photos with Pierce engine

Larry Shapiro photo

The alarm was upgraded to a 3rd Alarm for additional companies to standby in the event that the fire got away from the companies working inside. The fire was contained before long without doing extensive damage to the structure of the house. Temperatures were hovering just above 0 with a negative windchill.

fireman wearing his air mask

Larry Shapiro photo

firefighter on cold day after fighting fire

Larry Shapiro photo

fire chief with radio at fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Highland Park fireman after fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro and Tim Olk took it in.

Lake Bluff Fire Departmetn squad unit

Lake Bluff squad. Larry Shapiro photo

many fire trucks at fire scene

Apparatus lined the narrow street. Larry Shapiro photo

Companies at the scene were:

  • Lake Forest with two engines, an ambulance, a tower ladder, and chief officers
  • Knollwood with a quint
  • Highwood with a quint
  • Mundelein with an engine
  • Lake Bluff with an engine
  • Libertyville with an engine
  • Beach Park with an engine
  • Highland Park with an engine
  • Grayslake with an engine
  • Lake Villa with an engine
  • Wauconda with an engine
  • Round Lake with an engine
  • Countryside with a truck and a chief
  • Gurnee with a truck
  • Great Lakes with a truck
  • Fox Lake with a squad
  • Lincolnshire with an ambulance, squad and chief
  • Northbrook with an ambulance
  • Long Grove with an ambulance
  • Barrington Countryside with an ambulance
  • Quad 2 Mobile Command Post
  • Deerfield chief
photo of Seagrave fire engine

Beach Park Engine 1222. Larry Shapiro photo

Spartan fire engine photo

Round Lake Engine 262. Larry Shapiro photo

photo of Pierce tower ladder

Great Lakes Truck 1931. Larry Shapiro photo

The complete set of Larry’s images will be posted soon to his site.

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Lake Forest 2nd Alarm fire, 11-11-13 (more)

More on Lake Forest’s fire yesterday from Larry Shapiro:

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

I got to the fire shortly after it was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm. The roof was already in and the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. Knollwood’s quint was woking in the driveway and they were getting water to Countryside’s tower. Departments represented were:

  • with engines – Waukegan, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Beach Park, Newport Township, Lake Villa, and Grayslake
  • with trucks – Knollwood, Countryside, Lake Forest, Wauconda and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods
  • with squads – Deerfield-Bannockburn and Gurnee
  • with ambulances – Lake Forest, North Chicago, Long Grove, Wheeling, and Highland Park
  • with chiefs – Lake Forest, Highland Park, Countryside, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, North Chicago

 

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Seagrave fire engine at night fire scene

Larry Shapiro photo

From the Chicago Tribune:

Lake Forest firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a Lake Forest mansion early today.

Eric Kositzki, a Lake Forest firefighter, said the blaze in the 1100 block of Keswick Drive started just after midnight, and firefighters finally put out the fire around 4:30 a.m.

Firefighters said the house was a complete loss.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Montanello said officials are unsure what caused the fire, but do not suspect foul play.

Right now, officials are estimating the damage, and Montanello said he predicts it’s at least $1 million. Officials might not know for a few days the cause or the cost, he said.

The blaze took firefighters at least an hour to control as the roof and second floor were fully engulfed in flames, he said.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

According to Lake County records, the house is valued at about $1.9 million, and records also show the home sold in 2008 for more than $2 million.

thanks Dan

Lake Forest mansion destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

More photos can be found HERE.

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Lake Forest 2nd Alarm fire, 11-11-13

Tim Olk submitted some quick phone images of an overnight fire that destroyed a large house in Lake Forest at 1150 Keswick Lane.

Large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest.

Tim Olk photo

large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest

Tim Olk photo

Large house destroyed by fire in Lake Forest

Tim Olk photo

 

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Lake Forest car fire 8-24-13

These images are from Tim Olk of a car fire in Lake Forest this afternoon.

Lake Forest Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

Lake Forest Fire Department

Tim Olk photo

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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 3)

Third posting about the 2nd Alarm Fire on Memorial Day at the Jamaican Gardens (north) in Libertyville. Here are images from larry Shapiro and a video.

 

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more of Larry’s images is HERE.

The second article with images from Tim Olk is HERE.

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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 2)

The second posting on the 2nd alarm fire in Libertyville on Memorial Day includes images from Tim Olk.

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Tim Olk photo

A large gallery with more images is HERE.

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Libertyville 2nd Alarm Fire 3-27-13 (pt 1)

The Libertyville Fire Department responded to a reported fire at the Jamaican Gardens North located at 14595 W. Rockland Road (Route 176). First companies found heavy smoke obscuring visibility on Route 176 and had a significant fire burning on the east end of the property near what was the retail store entrance. An attack was initiated and the fire was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm.

The business had closed to the public several years ago and was reportedly vacant. Libertyville Tower 461 and Engine 463 were deployed on the eastern side of the property. The fast moving fire quickly spread to additional buildings on the west side, where access was limited. Lake Forest Tower Ladder 421 was positioned on the northern driveway and Countryside Engine 412 was at the northwest corner. As the fire grew in intensity, the alarm was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm bringing additional units to the scene.

A special request was made for the Division 1 MVU out of Wheeling, but the unit was not deployed and subsequently released before the box was struck out.

The two tower ladders deployed master streams in addition to multiple hand lines and two multi-versals. Along with Libertyville Engine 463 and the Countryside engine, Lake Bluff Engine 517 and Knollwood Engine 44 were also pumping. The fire was struck out after roughly three hours.

Other fire departments with companies at the scene were Mundelein, North Chicago, and Lake Zurich with ambulances, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Gurnee with rescue squads, Highland Park with a truck, plus Waukegan, Deerfield, and Newport Township with engines.  Chief officers came from Countryside, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Bluff, and Lake Forest.

Tim Olk, Jeff Rudolph, and Larry Shapiro were at the scene.

This is the first in a three part series covering this fire.

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

large fire in Libertyville at the Jamaican Gardens nursery

Jeff Rudolph photo

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Lake Forest FD apparatus photos

This from Sam Borica;

Here are some pictures of Lake Forest station #1 apparatus.  Thanks, Sam Borcia.

 

Lake Forest Ambulance 425

Lake Forest Ambulance 425. Sam Borica photo

Fire department ATV

Lake Forest ATV. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest Fire Department

Lake Forest Battalion Chief car. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest FD Engine 421.

Lake Forest Engine 421. Sam Borica photo

Lake Forest FD squad

Lake Forest FD squad. Sam Borica photo

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Municipalities investigate consolidation for fire & EMS

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a study to investigate a consolidation of fire and EMS services of the Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff fire departments.

Lake Forest, Highland Park, Lake Bluff and Highwood are expected to form a task force in early 2013 to study ways to save money through collaboration — including the consolidation of fire protection and emergency medical services for their 60,000 residents.

Going with the national trend of consolidation could save the four communities between $1 million and $1.8 million annually, according to a study by the International City/County Management Association.

Lake Forest dispatches its own fire/EMS and police, and on contract dispatches Lake Bluff’s 100-year old volunteer fire department, as well as providing ambulance service to Lake Bluff.

Highwood contracts with Lake Forest for police dispatch and goes through Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) in Northbrook for fire/EMS. Highland Park, with nearly 2,000 fire/EMS calls annually, dispatches all of its public safety calls.

Another option would be to contract with an existing universal dispatch center, such as Northbrook’s Regional Emergency Dispatch, and a third option would be housing dispatch for fire, EMS and police under one roof, Irvin said.

Leonard Matarese, director of research and project development at the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management, analyzed the four jurisdictions’ fire and EMS needs.

“The longtime premise nationally has been to have same level staffing, 24/7, for fire and EMS, but the realization over the last five years (globally) is that workloads and service demands have peaks and valleys,” he said. “Analyzing services workloads and calls convinced fire prevention officials in England over a decade ago to allocate staff based on time of day and days of the week. Typically, fires and EMS calls occur during the day and slow down by 9 or 10 at night.”

The ICMA study suggests there are three alternatives related to firefighting and emergency medical services:

“Functional consolidation,” which involves cooperation across jurisdictions for a common service, but the four departments remain separate entities.

“Operational consolidation” maintains a legal separation, but the four departments join operations and administration to function as a single agency.

“Full consolidation” merges four fire departments into a single entity, in which jurisdictional boundaries “become invisible” and all service demands become single functions of the department.

The ICMA projects the functional and operational alternatives could save members between $950,000 and $1.5 million annually; with full consolidation savings between $1.4 million and $1.95 million.

“It’s typically political, financial, labor contracts and retirement systems that are major issues,” said Matarese. “But these four cities are already at a certain level of sharing, cooperation and functional consolidation. Also, they do some joint purchasing and standardizing of equipment.”

The entire article can be viewed HERE.

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Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 (update)

More images from the extra alarm fire on Sunday in Beach Park.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

Firefighters from the Countryside FPD force a door on the west side of the building to gain access to the heavy fire burning inside. Tim Olk photo

Five trucks were at the scene including Grayslake, Mundelein, Winthrop Harbor, Lake Forest and Gurnee. The last three mentioned went to work. The other units remained in staging while their crews were put to work.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

A firefighter in the bucket of the Lake Forest tower ladder directs a master stream into the building. TIm Olk photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

The Gurnee tower ladder works on fire burning in the attic and through the roof. Tim Olk photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12

Just under 3,000 feet of large diameter hose was dropped along Lewis Avenue to a hydrant several blocks away. Larry Shapiro photo

Engines pumping at the fire included two from Beach Park, two from Newport Township, and one from Lake Bluff.Antioch, Countryside, Great lakes, Knollwood, Waukegan, and Zion also sent engines.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Seagrave Maurader II engine

Beach Park Engine 1222 is pumping in-line, midway between the hose tender and the fire scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Several departments responded with multiple units including Lake Villa with two, Grayslake with two, Antioch with two, Fox Lake with two, and Newport Township with three.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Newport township FPD

The Newport Township FPD hose tender is on a hydrant several blocks from the fire scene after dropping almost 3,000 feet of 5" hose. Larry Shapiro photo

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 Fox Lake Fire Department

Working off a hydrant on another block, firefighters from Fox Lake refill their tanker to shuttle water back to the portable tanks near the scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Fox Lake responded with a squad on the fire box and a tanker on the tanker box. Libertyville also sent a squad on one of the fire box alarms.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 tanker tender operations at fire scene

Since the local water main was not sufficient to supply the amount of water being deployed at the fire, a tanker shuttle was initiated where up to three tankers could simultaneously dump into a series of four portable tanks that were tied together. Here, tankers from Antioch, Fox Lake, and Beach Park discharge water into the free-standing tanks that are being used by a Newport Township engine and a Lake Bluff engine who are supplying two of the master streams. Larry Shapiro photo

Eight tankers were shuttling water including Antioch, Beach Park, Bristol (WI), Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Newport Township, and Round Lake.

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 large diameter hose fails

Water flows freely after a section of the large diameter hose failed. Larry Shapiro photo

Ambulances on the scene included Beach Park, Highwood, Lake Villa, and Pleasant Prairie (WI).

Beach Park commercial fire 5-20-12 building collapses

Several hours after the fire broke out, the building suffered a major structural collapse. Larry Shapiro photo

A video will be posted tomorrow. Additional fire scene images can be viewed HERE and HERE.

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