A video by Larry Shapiro from yesterday’s 4-Alarm house fire in Wadsworth.
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Newport Township firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire this morning in the 35000 block of N. Mill Creek Road in Wadsworth. The house sits well off the road and backs up almost directly to I-94 just past the toll booth.
Arriving companies were unable to spot the fire until they made the long driveway off of Mill Creek Road. They found a large, two-story home with a fire in the upper level. Since the area is without hydrants, the alarm was upgraded immediately to a Box Alarm, then to a 2nd Alarm shortly thereafter. One engine and a 75′ quint made it up the driveway and a relay operation was initiated from the street. Three portable tanks were used on the road as two engines supplied 5″ lines to the quint and the engine in the driveway.
As the fire overhead grew, companies had to pull out and resort to a defensive operation. Several hand lines and an aerial pipe were put into operation. Due to the water needs and the route tenders had to take to refill and return, the alarm was upgraded to a 4th Alarm for additional tenders.
Fire departments represented at the scene from Illinois included:
- Newport Township (2 engines, an ambulance, 2 tenders, and several chief officers)
- Wauconda with an ambulance
- Round Lake with a tender and chief
- Zion with a truck and chief officers
- Antioch with an engine, an ambulance, and a chief
- Winthrop Harbor with a quint and a chief
- Waukegan with an engine
- Beach Park with an engine
- Gurnee with an engine and a chief
- Lincolnshire-Riverwoods with an ambulance
- Grayslake with a tender
- Richmond with a tender
- McHenry Township with a tender
- Countryside with a tender
- Lake Villa with a tender
- Fox Lake with a squad
- Lake Forest with a squad
- Quad 2 Rehab Unit and Mobile Command Post
Fire departments represented from Wisconsin included:
- Bristol with a tender and chief
- Trevor with a tender
- South Shore with a tender
- Salem with a tender
- Pleasant Prairie with a tender
- Paris with a tender
- Twin Lakes with a tender
- Somers with a tender
Larry Shapiro has a gallery with more images HERE.
This from Larry Shapiro:
The Lake Zurich FD received a call at 5:30AM reporting flames from a large house in Deer Park. The home, which has been vacant for several years had fire showing from the flat roof on arrival of the first companies. Located in an area without hydrants, a tanker shuttle was initiated after the first-due engine attempted to hit the fire with tank water via the deck gun.
A 2nd alarm was requested for additional tankers. large diameter hose was dropped from Cuba Road to the house, spanning the better part of a block. Fire damaged the roof and attic.
This from Larry Shapiro:
Just before 7PM, the Lake Zurich Fire Department received a report of a house fire in the 26000 block of N. Fairfield Road in Hawthorn Woods. The first engine on scene reported smoke and fire from a two-story vacant frame house. Companies were instructed to remain outside of the structure and initiate a defensive attack. A box alarm was struck and the 2nd engine laid a supply line from the long gravel driveway to the street to prepare for tanker operations. A 2nd alarm for tankers only was requested shortly thereafter and the fire was largely knocked down quickly. Companies made a search of the building but it was deemed unsafe to remain inside to fully extinguish the fire and perform overhaul. A decision was made to standby outside as the fire grew and eventually demolished the structure.
The fire department was called to the same address less than a year ago for a fire in another vacant structure on the same property.
Four tankers responded and shuttled water to sustain hand lines used at various times throughout the 3+ hour incident. Companies on the scene included all four engines from Lake Zurich, a truck from Wauconda, engines from Palatine, Long Grove, Fox River Grove, and Palatine Rural (they were due with a tanker which is currently out of service). Tankers came from Cary, Fox Lake, Round Lake, and Nunda. Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Barrington, and Libertyville had ambulances on the scene along with the MESS Canteen.
The 2nd alarm was struck out after 2 1/2 hours, although companies remained on the scene and began to extinguish the remaining fire and begin overhaul after that.
I have photos and video showing the progression of the fire which eventually involved the whole house. Here are a few images with more to follow plus the video.
A gallery with more images can be found HERE.
This from Larry Shapiro:
Homeowners at 14 Carnoustie Lane in Inverness called the Palatine Rural FPD and reported fire in the attic of their house shortly before 5PM on Tuesday. The large home is located in an area without hydrants roughly 1/2 mile from the fire station. First arriving companies attempted an interior attack and were forced to retreat and change to a defensive strategy. Heavy fire took hold of the attic and self vented through the roof as the alarm was escalated for additional units and water tankers. Two Palatine Rural firefighters from the initial attack company were subsequently transported to an area hospital.
A tanker shuttle was initiated as Palatine Tower 85 was put to work with an elevated master stream. The temperature as companies arrived was 94 degrees with a heat index near 100 degrees. A 2nd alarm was struck for additional tankers and then a 3rd alarm was requested when all companies in the staging area had been depleted.
Companies included engines from Palatine Rural, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Carpentersville, Roselle, Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Township, and Mount Prospect. Trucks came from Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Wheeling, and Des Plaines. Tankers working included Palatine Rural, Long Grove, Prospect Heights, Roselle, Cary, Fox River Grove, Rutland-Dundee, Wauconda, and Crystal Lake. Departments with ambulances included Palatine, East Dundee, Crystal Lake, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Bartlett, and Arlington Heights.
A hand line was dedicated to monitor hot embers that landed on a neighbor’s cedar shake roof which caused some concern early into the operation.
Mutual aid companies were being released around 8PM and the alarm was struck-out just before 9PM.
More images can be viewed HERE.
A video will be posted tomorrow.
South Barrington police say a mother and her two young children are safe after lightning struck their home this afternoon, starting a fire.
The incident took place around noon in the 0-100 block of Terra Vita Drive in South Barrington, police said—with the family inside—and initially was reported as an explosion.
He said the now-displaced family safely left the two-story, wood-and-brick house without help. No one was hurt but the house appears to be destroyed and has heavy damage to the attic, second floor and parts of the first floor, Deegan said.
Units were called to the scene and found smoke and fire from the roof. Companies initially made an interior attack but were reportedly forced to retreat due to insufficient water. At one point before all of the initial units arrived on-scene, there was some sort of explosion (possibly a smoke explosion) which blew out the front door. Fortunately, no one was injured as companies were preparing to make entry at that time. The alarm was upgraded to a box alarm and the attack went defensive. The house is located on a dead end street with no hydrants, just off Barrington Road.
The Still Alarm and Box Alarm brought: two engines and a 75′ quint from Barrington, a tower ladder from Palatine, tankers/tenders from Palatine Rural, Nunda Rural, Bartlett, Wauconda, and East Dundee. Additional engines came from Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Hoffman Estates, Fox River Grove, and Algonquin-Lake in the Hills. Ambulances came from Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove along with a squad from Cary.
Larry Shapiro was at the scene and submitted several images.
Barrington Engine 2, the first engine on the scene, went into the driveway. Palatine Rural Tanker 36 arrived soon after and backed into the driveway to nurse Engine 2 until the tanker shuttle could be setup. One portable tank was dropped in front of Tanker 36 and two were dropped near Barrington Engine 1 just past the house.
These engines would eventually supply a master stream from the Palatine tower ladder and several hand lines in the rear sector.
The alarm was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm for tenders after it became apparent that more units were needed to maintain a constant water supply. Tankers/tenders came from South Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Fox Lake. With the exception of Palatine Rural Tanker 36 which was stationary, the other tankers each made at least four runs each to refill and dump.
Three portable tanks were dropped and tied together on Barrington Road to provide for a quicker turnaround. Long Grove Engine 55 drafted from these tanks and supplied the palatine Rural tanker through a moderate lay of 5″ LDH.
The fire eventually ran the full length of the attic and burned the entire roof off the large home before the fire was struck out.
Larry Shapiro has a large gallery of images. A video will follow.