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5-Alarm fire and 3-Alarm EMS Alarm in the North Maine FPD, 9-16-18

The North Maine FPD was called to 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines Sunday morning around 8AM for a reported fire. The incident went to a 5-Alar fire box and a 3-Alarm ambulance box. 

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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Chi-Town Fire Photos

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from North Maine’s 5th alarm on Sunday morning (9/16). Images were taken about 40 minutes in. There was one fatality reported from this incident.

Firefighters battle a fatal 5-Alarm fire at 9396 Landings Lane in unincorporated Des Plaines, IL 9-16-18

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New unit for OFI 4-6-7

From Tim Olk

FDG 622

Chicago FD OFI 467

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Chicago FD OFI 467

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Chicago FD OFI 467

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Chicago FD OFI 467

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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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Crash with entrapment in Wheeling, 7-21-18

Wheeling police and firefighters were dispatched to a multi-car crash with entrapment on Milwaukee Avenue at Hintz Road Saturday afternoon (7/21/18) around 2PM. On arrival, companies found three vehicles with heavy damage. One vehicle had three occupants requiring extrication. Wheeling Battalion 24 requested Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51 and a total of six ambulances to the scene in addition to Wheeling Engines 23 and 42 that were already at the scene. in addition to Prospect Heights 901, Engine 39, and Battalion 9. 

Seven patients were transported from the scene several of which were in serious condition. Northfield Squad 29, Des Plaines Engine 61, Deerfield-Bannockburn Ambulance 19, and Long Grove  Ambulance 55 covered the Wheeling stations.

 

Firefighters work to extricate victims after a crash

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2-Alarm fire in Wadsworth, 7-17-18

The Gurnee FD responded to 37921 N Dilleys Road in Wadsworth for a fire at the Pyramid on Tuesday, 7/17/18.

Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

The iconic golden pyramid house in suburban Wadsworth caught fire Tuesday, filling the sky with smoke and flames. The fire started around 4 p.m. at the pyramid, built as a private home in the 1970s. It is 17,000 square feet and stands at six stories tall, surrounded by Egyptian statues and a moat.

The 80-year-old homeowner and designer who has dementia was inside the home in his wheelchair when the fire started. His caregiver and fire officials were able to get him out of the home safely. A 15-year-old Yorkie died in the fire.

The unusually shaped home made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames. Fire officials say a wind-driven fire created a mayday explosion on the fourth floor. They described it as a blow-torch that blew firefighters off their feet. Two firefighters were injured.

Gurnee Battalion Chief David Douglas said, “We’ve done walkthroughs through this building before and we knew the challenges that would come. Today those came true.

 

Gold Pyramid fire

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Chicago Level 1 Haz Mat, 6-30-18

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Dept Level 1 Haz-Mat 111th And Spaulding For The Natural Gas Leak

Firefighter takes gas reading in sewer

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Firefighter takes gas reading in sewer

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Firefighters at gas leak

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Chicago FD Haz Mat 5-1-1

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Interdivisional Box Alarm fire in Franksville, WI 7-1-18

This from Tim Olk:

RAYMOND FD, WI (RACINE): AN INTER DIVISIONAL 4TH ALARM NOW @7311 OMEGA CIRCLE AT JOHNS DISPOSAL. REQ AMB STRIKE TEAM FROM DIV 107 (CINS001/4/62/99/131)

massive fire at recycling plant

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General Mitchell International Airport ARFF R8 in action

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massive fire at recycling plant

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massive fire at recycling plant

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Union Grove FD pumper tanker at a fire

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fuel truck at fire scene fueling fire trucks

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foam bubbles from portable water tank at fire scene

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St Francis FD tower ladder at a fire

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massive fire at recycling plant

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South Shore FD pumper tanker at a fire

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Caledonia FD tower ladder Q10

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Caledonia FD tower ladder Q10

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massive fire at recycling plant

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Racine FD Tactical Command

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Oak Creek FD tower ladder

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General Mitchell International Airport ARFF R8 in action

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Chicago Fire Department special duty

This from Tim Olk:

Bridge Cooling Due To Extreme Heat Michigan And Wacker

Chicago FD Engine 2 Fire Boat

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Chicago FD Engine 2 Fire Boat

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Chicago FD Engine 2 Fire Boat

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Chicago Firefighters cool bridge on hot day

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Chicago Firefighters cool bridge on hot day

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Michigan Avenue bridge in Chicago

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Working fire in Chicago 6-30-18

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Department Working Fire Monroe West Of Hamlin Extreme Heat Puts Firefighters To Test

smoke from apartment building

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smoke from apartment building

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fire scene

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Firefighter on a  fire escape

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Firefighter cools down on a hot day

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Firefighter cools down on a hot day

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House fire in Harvey 6-28-18

Harvey FD went to a Box Alarm for a house fire today (5/28/18) at 133 E 144th Court

smoke from house fire

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Firefighters enter house on fire

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Firefighters enter house on fire

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firefighters pull hose from fire engine

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Firefighters enter house on fire

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Firefighter vents window of house fire

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firefighters pull hose from fire engine

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Firefighters battle house fire

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Firefighters at house fire

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more photos at firescenes.net

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