Archive for January 23rd, 2013

Fox Lake Box Alarm 1-23-13

This from Jeff Rudolph:

12/23/2013 .Fox Lake pulled a box alarm for a fire at 35859 Hunt around 1630 hrs today. First engine had a basement fire extending through the roof. Jeff Rudolph


Antioch fire engine tanker

Antioch tanker filling the portable tank. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Firefighters open the roof. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake ambulance

Fox Lake ambulance. Jeff Rudolph photo

Fox Lake fire department engine at fire scene

Fox Lake pumper/tanker drafting from a portable tank. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Venting the roof. Jeff Rudolph photo

Grayslake fire engine Seagrave

Grayslake was mutual aid with an engine. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 5)

Tim Olk submitted several images from the fire on Tuesday. Tim’s images show the earliest on-scene images as compared to the other contributors.


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Chicago Engine 8 from Chinatown covered with ice. Tim Olk photo

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A firefighter coated with ice from the spray of the master streams. Tim Olk photo

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Chicago Engine 47 pumping at the scene of the 5-11 Alarm warehouse fire. Tim Olk photo

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A battalion chief surveys the fire from the turntable of Truck 18. Tim Olk photo

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Silhouette of a firefighter on Truck 18’s ladder. Tim Olk photo

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A line is taken to the roof of an adjacent building. Tim Olk photo

Pierce ladder truck at fire scene

Truck 18 on the Ashland Avenue overpass is setup to an exposure building. Tim Olk photo

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Tower Ladder 39 surrounded by flying embers hits the fire with a master stream. Tim Olk photo

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Phenomenal fire fully involving the entire structure. TIm Olk photo

Tim has a gallery with substantially more images.

Additionally, there are several images taken today (Wednesday) as companies remain on the scene.

Chicago Fire Department Snorkel

Chicago reserve Snorkel on Ashland Avenue in front of the ice covered ruins of the 5-11 Alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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A tower ladder works at the ruins of the 5-11 alarm fire. Tim Olk photo

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Another tower ladder working the day after the fire was detected. Tim Olk photo

There is a separate gallery with follow-up images.

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 4)

Media articles covering the 5-11 Alarm fire on 1-22-13:

From the Chicago Tribune:

Firefighters were still on the scene of a smoldering warehouse in Bridgeport this morning, pouring water on hot spots after a 5-11 alarm fire raced through the five-story building as a third of the department’s on-duty personnel fought it.

The blaze was spotted by a fire chief passing by the former Harris Marcus Group building at 3757 S. Ashland Ave. shortly after 9 p.m. Extra alarms were quickly called as the fire spread throughout the warehouse and the roof collapsed and the more than 200 firefighters contended with frozen hydrants and icy ladders. The fire was finally brought under control around 12:30 a.m.

Chicago Fire Cmsr. Jose Santiago said the fire was Chicago’s largest in seven years. “This was a very large fire, unbelievable fire load, a lot of wood, timber, old stuff, varnish,” Santiago said on the scene. “Once it caught, it caught and ran.

“Everything is wood inside these buildings, beautiful façades on the outside. They’ve been up for a long time. When they start burning like this, they start coming down,” Santiago said.

The commissioner said the freezing cold made the firefighters’ job tougher. “We run into a lot of problems, like the ice weight on the building and ladders,” Santiago said. “We had the Water Department to come out and steam off our ladders.”

The commander at the scene called for a 5-11 with two “special alarms” to bring in special equipment and more manpower as the massive five started spreading to other buildings.

Special alarms are rare. A 5-11 with two special alarms was called in 2006 when a fire gutted the historic Wirt Dexter Building in the South Loop. That fire broke out before 3 p.m. on a weekday, snarled downtown traffic and forced the CTA to stop service on Loop L tracks.

There was a 5-11 alarm fire in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side last year. That fire burned for hours and required about 200 firefighters, but no special alarms were called.

Alarms normally escalate one at a time beyond a normal fire response up to a fifth alarm, though the scene commander skipped a fourth alarm Tuesday night once the fire jumped to another building.

Press interview with Commissioner Santiago (obnoxious commercial precedes the footage) radio traffic:

1/22/13 Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials
Warehouse Fire 3757 S. Ashland Ave.
with extension to 3737 and 3711 S. Ashland Ave.5-11 Order
Fireground Radio

Real Time Recording
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Tower 5’s Basket Frozen In Place
Part 9

5-11 + 2 Specials Struck Out By Orders of 2-1-4
Part 10


thanks Chris and Dave

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 3)

Larry Shapiro has posted a video from the 5-11 +2 specials

Tim Olk visite the ruins today and submitted these images showing some of the ice sculpture at the scene.

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Frozen box truck at the scene of the 5-11. Tim Olk photo

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Another truck cab that was covered with ice and is located behind the fire building. Tim Olk photo



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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13 (pt 2)

From Josh Boyajian:

Here are my pictures from last night!
large nighttime fire in CHicago

Tower Ladder 5 was in a spare apparatus last night. They were at the corner of Sectors 1 and 4. Josh Boyajian photo

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Sector 1 fully involved. Josh Boyajian photo

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A deck gun in use from Engine 49. Josh Boyajian photo

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A view looking at Sector 1 from the Ashland Avenue Frontage Road. Josh Boyajian photo

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A multi-versal works by Engines 49 and 8, both of which are operating deck guns. Josh Boyajian photo

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Engine 29 from deploys a deck gun at 36th Street and the west frontage road of Avenue. Josh Boyajian photo

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A view from underneath the Ashland Avenue bridge looking down 38th Street after a portion of the fire building collapsed. Josh Boyajian photo

From Jeff Rudolph:

Some pics from last night, Jeff R
large warehouse fire in Chicago

Huge fire seen in Sector 3 well after the interior collapsed. Jeff Rudolph photo

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A firefighter from Engine 8 coated with ice. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Squad 1A with a master stream in Sector 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Truck 33 with an elevated master stream in Sector 3. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Engine 8 icing up in Sector 1. Jeff Rudolph photo

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Firefighters on Truck 33 in the rear. Jeff Rudolph photo


ABC Chicago has an article HERE.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said a southside warehouse that caught fire Tuesday night will be a total loss.

“Totally involved. … This is a major fire,” read a message posted to Twitter at about 9:50 p.m. Moments later there was a message that a portion of the structure had collapsed.

Firefighters were in “defensive mode” in attacking the fire in a building on the 3700 block of South Ashland Avenue, spokesman Larry Langford said.

But despite his initial, confident remark that the fire would be isolated, flames spread to at least one nearby building. The owner of a printing company, at 3801 S. Ashland Ave., was on the scene and expressed concerns about chemicals inside that could explode.


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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 specials 1-22-13

There will be several posts with information and images from multiple contributors depicting the 5-11 with 2 Special Alarms that occurred Tuesday night at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue.

In the meantime, here are a few images of the scene from Larry Shapiro.

5-11 alarm warehouse fire in Chicago 1-22-13 at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue

The roof is in and heavy fire is seen throughout the building as viewed from the corner of Sectors 1 and 4. Larry Shapiro photo

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Several deck guns work in Sector 1 from Engines 8 and 49. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago fire engine at large nighttime fire scene Spartan Luverne Crimson

Engine 16 was being fed by an in-line operation supplying water to companies working in Sector 3. Larry Shapiro photo

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Firefighters monitor the elevated master stream working in Sector 3 off of Truck 33. Larry Shapiro photo

firefighting Snorkel silhouette

Squad 1A was working for several hours in Sector 3. Larry Shapiro photo

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What would a winter fire in Chicago be without firefighters encased in ice. Larry Shapiro photo

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6-7-6 was special called to the scene and put to work in Sector 1. Larry Shapiro photo

Images to come will be from Tim Olk, Steve Redick, Jeff Rudolph, Josh Boyajian, Dan McInerney and additional images from Larry Shapiro. Videos from Steve and Larry are also forthcoming.

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