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Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19 (more)

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

PROSPECT HEIGHTS —Today, Friday May 3, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported fire at 1535 Cove Drive, part of the Quincy Park Condominiums.  

While still responding to this location, 9-1-1 dispatchers at our Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center received additional information and multiple phone calls indicating the situation was much more serious than first reported. As a result of that information our dispatchers upgraded the response sending even more fire apparatus to the location. At this time, four engines, two aerial ladder trucks, a rescue squad, two ambulances, and multiple chief officers were responding.

Heavy smoke could be seen more than one-half mile away from the scene. When the first fire engine arrived on the scene the fire was visible and coming from the rear of the condo on the east side of the building. The fire had spread up into the second floor and roof.

The building is a two-story, wood-frame structure that has four units, each with its own exterior entrance and an attached garage. With the current fire conditions and the proximity of other structures only feet away, an immediate call for reinforcements was made to our Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). This added three more engines, one more truck, ambulance, and rescue squad, plus three chief officers. The alarm additionally sent an engine and ambulance to the Prospect Heights fire station to provide coverage to the rest of the city while this fire was fought.

Within a few minutes of their arrival, the first engine had a hose stream on the fire and extinguished the original fire. Efforts were then focused on the fire spreading in the upper walls, roof, and attic. Additional firefighters with hoses were deployed to attack the fire and were successful in keeping it from spreading.  Simultaneous with this, a search was made of all four units and while no humans were located, several cats and dogs were removed from various units that had smoke in them. The fire was brought under control and extinguished within 20 minutes of arrival using three hose lines and more than a dozen fire apparatus. Approximately 50 firefighters composed the response force. Firefighters spent nearly one hour checking for hot spots and fire spread to ensure the fire was completely out.

Besides the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District and Wheeling Fire Department that were initially dispatched, assistance was provided by Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, and Palatine fire departments; the Countryside, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Long Grove, and North Maine fire protection districts; and the Rosemont Public Safety Department.

The unit where the fire began and the building’s exterior sustained extensive fire damage. The other three units sustained smoke and water damage as well as some damage made necessary by the firefighter’s efforts to ensure the fire had not spread into other areas. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is not suspicious in origin. The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District will not be estimating the total dollar loss but expects losses to be several thousands of dollars. Such estimates are best left to the insurance companies.

The Prospect Heights Fire Protections District reminds everyone to always have two ways to escape from their home, to ensure smoke alarms are present and working, and to develop an emergency plan should their home be destroyed by a fire or other disaster.

Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Had this structure been equipped with fire sprinklers, the original fire would have been extinguished prior to the arrival of the fire department or at the worst, contained to the single room where it had started.

more photos and a video from the Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19

Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19

Prospect Heights firefighters were called to 1535 Cove Drive this afternoon at 12:28 (5/3/19) for a reported fire in a laundry room at a four-unit townhouse. The incident was upgraded to a working fire prior to the arrival of companies and then a Box Alarm when Battalion 9 arrived reporting flames through the 2nd floor roof. First arriving units had heavy fire out the front door, the laundry room was fully engulfed in fire, and flames were traveling up the outside of the building to the roof. The bulk of fire on the first floor was knocked down quickly and companies then attacked fire on the second floor and in the attack. Damage to the adjoining units minimal.

Companies at the scene were Prospect Heights Engine 39, Engine 9, Tower 9, Battalion 9, and chiefs 901 and 900; Wheeling Engine 23, Engine 42, Truck 24, Battalion 24 and Chief 2401; Mount Prospect Engine 14 and Battalion 3; Des Plaines Tower 63 and Chief 6101; Northbrook Tower 12 and Ambulance 12; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51; Arlington Heights Engine 2 and Chief 101; Northfield Squad 29; North Maine Engine 1 and Battalion 1; Palatine Ambulance 82; Glenview Ambulance 8; Long Grove Battalion 55; and Buffalo Grove Engine 26.

A police officer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries incurred while evacuating people from the unit.

Firefighter pulls hose from engine at fire

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Firefighters vent roof of building with smoke and fire

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Firefighter with hose line battles fire

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Firefighter covered with debris after fighting a fire

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Prospect Heights Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Prospect Heights Fire Department will be utilizing a $1000 grant to purchase a high definition display television for training room simulations to replace an outdated LCD (liquid crystal display) projector, thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water (IAW).

The IAW 2018 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. This year, approximately $77,000 will be awarded to 78 Illinois fire departments. Since the program was created in 2010, over 500 grants totaling over $493,000 has been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.

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Prospect Heights Fire District news

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

We are recruiting for our POC program. POCs attend the NIPSTA Fire Academy and transition quickly to part time employees. This is an excellent opportunity for those who can commit to the fire academy schedule and want to begin a fire service career. The residency requirement is flexible and used as one tool in selecting applicants. Typically, each year three applicants are selected for this program.

APPLICATION PERIOD IS CURRENTLY OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 19, 2018

CAREFULLY REVIEW ALL INFORMATION PRIOR TO SUBMITTING APPLICATION

Information and link to application herehttp://www.phfire.com/content/paidoncall/

General Requirements for Paid-On Call Membership

In order to be considered for Paid-On-Call (POC) membership (employment) with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District (PHFPD), the following minimum requirements must be met.  The requirements include, but are not limited to:

In order to be considered for Paid-On-Call (POC) membership (employment) with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District (PHFPD), the following minimum requirements must be met.  The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Reside within approximately ten (10) miles of the fire station.  More importantly, meet performance requirements of fire district. Persons living more than ten (10) miles will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  
  3. Be in good physical condition and mental health and able to perform strenuous manual labor.
  4. Be of good moral character and not had any serious criminal activity history as determined by a background investigation conducted by the PHFPD using fingerprint submission to the Illinois State Police and FBI and request for Drivers License Abstract from the Secretary of State.
  5. Possess a valid class D Driver’s License issued by the state in which the applicant resides. 
  6. Be a High School graduate or possess a GED certificate.
  7. Be an U.S. citizen or possess work authorization from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization.
  8. Possess a valid and current EMT-B or paramedic license from the IDPH.
  9. Possess proof of completion within the 12 months prior to application of the Candidate Physical Ability Test – CPAT.NOTE: You must present a valid CPAT with ladder climb card or certificate with your submitted application AND again at time of job offer, present a valid CPAT card or certificate. Valid means not more than 12 months old.
  1. Upon acceptance pass a psychological evaluation, physical examination, and drug screen.

Complete position descriptions as well as hiring policies and procedures of the PHFPD are available upon written request to the Fire Chief.

 

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Deck fire in Prospect Heights, 8-9-18

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

Companies responded to the listed location for a report of a structure. Prior to arrival dispatch informed responding units that the fire was on the rear deck and had been extinguished. Following an investigation, a smoldering fire from a planter box had dropped smoldering materiaal onto the the rear balcony deck and caused a deck fire. Firefighters cut and removed a deck board along with some trim and checked for extension, then proceeded to wash down the area and completed extinguishment.

Companies at the scene:
Prospect Heights E9, Twr9, E39, Batt. 9 and 900. Wheeling E23, MP Twr13, and MP A14.

Prospect Heights fire engine on the scene at Rob Roy

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Firefighters overhaul deck after a fire

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CAD printout of Prospect Heights FD incident

CAD printout

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Press Release River Trails Condos Fire-1 Press Release River Trails Condos Fire Press Release River Trails Condos Fire

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

second part of the video from Larry Shapiro of the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18

 

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

Larry Shapiro video (part 1) 

 

More photos from the 5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 

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Massive fire destroys 3 apartment buildings on McIntosh Court in Prospect Heights, IL 7/18/18. Tim Olk photo

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

When firefighters responded to a fire at one of the 16 buildings that make up the River Trails Condominium complex in Prospect Heights Wednesday afternoon, they knew the blaze could quickly get out of hand.

Investigators said a juvenile accidentally ignited the blaze. No charges have been filed. The blaze started in a second-floor unit in the southernmost building on McIntosh Court and rapidly spread upward and outward. Once it reached the attic, the blaze had unfettered access to the other three buildings. The mansard-style roof that hangs over the third floor also allowed the fire to glide effortlessly along the structure’s side as the flames fed on air inside the enclosed eaves. A mild breeze then helped stoke the flames.

Firefighters made every attempt to stop or slow the spread of flames, but they were thwarted by the fire’s ability to keep moving until it got to the northernmost building. There, they made a successful stand against the encroaching flames.

“We tried to cut in several spots before that to try and stop it,” Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith said. “It was a futile effort. If this would have happened at 1 a.m. instead of 1 p.m. like it did, I don’t know how this would have turned out.”

Fire safety officials blame the speed and scope on a lack of modern fire safety devices and construction. The 46-year-old complex had no building-wide fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fire walls or attic separators — all fire safety features that experts say would have stopped or significantly slowed the inferno.

New apartments are required to have sprinkler systems, firewalls to keep fires from spreading to other units, and attic separators that restrict overhead air flow in the building to lower the risk of fires spreading. None of the buildings that burned Wednesday had those, and none had building-wide fire alarms. Because of their age, the Prospect Heights buildings were not required to have those fire safety measures in place.

And under current city code, if the apartments are rebuilt, they still might not have them. If more than 50 percent of the buildings that burned are salvageable, the city can’t force the owners to retrofit the buildings to comply with modern fire codes.

Prospect Heights Fire District Chief Drew Smith warns against rebuilding the apartments as if nothing happened. “We are going to meet with the city and try to put forth a strategy for what comes next,” he said. “We need them to have a fire alarm in these buildings, at the very least.”

On Christmas Eve morning 2006, a blaze caused by Christmas lights in a second-floor unit had the entire third floor engulfed in 10 minutes. That fire also spread to a neighboring building, though firefighters were able to quickly extinguish it. In the end, only 30 percent of the building was destroyed and it was reconstructed without a sprinkler system or other modern fire suppression measures.

Estimates indicate retrofitting existing buildings with sprinklers costs between $2 and $7 per square foot, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The 16 buildings at River Trails contain roughly 380,000 square feet of living space, putting the estimated cost at somewhere between $760,000 and $2.7 million. That the cost would require a special assessment that would possibly be passed on to renters, who might then be priced out of their homes. Most of the River Trails units are individually owned and rented out to others. 

Several towns require sprinklers in new construction of single-family homes.

thanks Dan

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

This last Wednesday I attended the major fire in a condo complex that destroyed 3 full buildings and part of a 4th in Prospect Heights. 96 Units were damaged or destroyed leaving many homeless. The fire began in a second floor unit in a very remote section of the complex and penetrated the mansard style roof and cockloft/ attic space. Tremendous efforts were made in the form of multiple trench cuts and opening the mansard in several places as well as a great deal of interior operations. In the end several master streams were also utilized. It has been said this is the largest MABAS response in the area since the Arlington Park Racetrack fire many years ago. Enclosed are a few images from the 4 hours I was there observing. All the images can be seen here on my website.
 
I am also enclosing an aerial view of the complex.
Steve
heavy fire along mansard roof

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Firefighter vents mansard roof

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

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Firefighters climb aerial ladder at building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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heavy smoke from building fire

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5-Alarm fire with 2 Specials and a 2-Alarm EMS Box in Prospect Heights, 7-18-18 (more)

This from Nick Neziri:

A few photos I took of the Prospect Heights 5th Alarm on 07/18/2018.

-Nick Neziri

apartment building destroyed by fire

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