Archive for May 1st, 2013

5th Alarm with 1 Special for Crystal Lake house fire 5-2-13

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Crystal Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 3217 Carrington Drive around 3:20pm . Engine 341 reported a very large header when responding, and with that information Crystal Lake Battalion Chief 330 requested a 2nd Alarm on Box Card #5-371. Shortly thereafter, Engine 341 arrived to find a 2-story home fully involved in all divisions and they went defensive mode. Within minutes Battalion 330 arrived and requested Tender Box #5-371 to the 5th alarm, and after requesting the tanker box he went on Engine Box #5-341 and upgraded that to the 5th Alarm also. Later they requested a MABAS Division 4 Interdivisional Box alarm for more crews. The main fire building was a 2-story 50 X 50 home which extended to three other houses. They also had a few small brush fires in the area due to embers. The main fire building did collapse. More Photos Here:
Thanks, Tyler
massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Header seen from a distance. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

View from the street well into the fire. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Union FPD tender. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Harvard FPD tender. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Engines drafting and pumping in the A Sector. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Firefighters on a line in the driveway. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Fire continues to burn well after the roof collapsed. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Most of the structure has collapsed. Tyler Tobolt photo

massive house fire in Crystal Lake

Water tenders in line, waiting to dump their tanks. Tyler Tobolt photo

From the Northwest Herald:

CRYSTAL LAKE – Two firefighters are being treated for injuries after four houses caught fire this afternoon in a subdivision near Crystal Lake.

One house is still on fire on the 3200 block of Carrington Drive. Firefighters are proceeding with caution because of a ruptured gas line, Crystal Lake Battalion Chief Chris Olsen said.

Firefighters had not extinguished the fire the because of concerns over fumes from a ruptured gas line, Olsen said.

Nicor has just arrived on the scene to shut off the gas, at which point firefighters will be able to completely put out the fire, Olsen said.

Olsen said he didn’t believe the gas line was the cause of the blaze, and added firefighters have yet to determine why it started.

Residents who were inside the homes when the fires erupted were able to escape without injury. Olsen said the firefighters’ heat-related injuries are believed to be minor. The two firefighters were taken to Centegra Hospital-McHenry.

The affected houses include one that has already burned to the ground. The fire originated at 3217 Carrington Drive sometime after 3:30 p.m. After the blaze started, wind blew embers across the street leading to neighboring houses to catch fire.

Several area fire departments and the Red Cross were called to the scene to assist.

Terra Cotta Avenue and Valley View Road from Park Drive to Crystal Lake Avenue are closed because of the fire.

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Truck wrecks on area toll roads

Two area toll roads experienced closures resulting from truck crashes with fires:

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Jane Addams Tollway shut down at Route 20 by fiery wreck


Updated: May 1, 2013 7:27AM

(McHenry County) The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway was shut down approaching Rockford Wednesday morning after a semi-truck crashed into the median and caught fire.

truck fire on Jane Addams highway in Chicago area

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday:

Semi crash shuts all Tri-State lanes near IL-173

An overturned semi trailer that caught fire caused major delays on the Tri-State Tollway near Wadsworth, but traffic was clearing by about 8 a.m. authorities said.

The trailer broke free from the truck cab and sailed over the center median after the semi driver crashed into the center median near Illinois Highway 173 around 6 a.m., according to police. All lanes were open by about 8 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

The truck driver had been traveling north and crashed as he attempted to avoid another vehicle, police said. The trailer landed in the southbound lanes.

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Plainfield native killed in Texas blast – update

Some followup to a previous article about the death of Kevin Sanders, formerly of Plainfield.

Illinois Governor Quinn has ordered the United States and Illinois State flags lowered to half-staff from sunrise, Monday, April 29, 2013 until sunset on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in honor of Kevin Sanders of the Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Department.  

From Chicago 7 ABC News:

April 30, 2013 (PLAINFIELD, Ill.) (WLS) — A funeral will be held Wednesday for Kevin Sanders, the Plainfield native and first responder killed in the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.

On Tuesday night, members of the Plainfield Fire Department paid their respects during Sanders’ visitation. He had worked with the village’s emergency management agency before moving to Texas where he was a volunteer firefighter.

Sanders was one of 15 people killed in the April 17th explosion.

Also from Chicago 7 ABC News:

April 25, 2013 (PALOS HILLS, Ill.) (WLS) — Kevin Sanders, a 33-year-old emergency medical technician, was one of the first responders killed in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

While President Obama and the First Lady attended a memorial service at Baylor University on Thursday, Chicago area residents remembered the former Palos Hills man, who once was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills.

Sanders’ body will be returned to the Chicago area with honors, an effort which is being coordinated by several fire deparments.

His funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills.



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Mount Prospect FD updated

Dennis McGuire, Jr. submitted images taken recently to updated almost every unit at the three Mount Prospect fire stations.

The department has four engines, one tower ladder, two squads, four ambulances, a dive trailer, a warming bus, and a battalion chief buggy. The tower ladder and three engines are from Pierce, all four ambulances were built by Medtec, and the other units came from several other builders.


Mount Prospect FD Ambulance 14

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Mount Prospect FD fire engine

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

Mount Prospect FD Squad 12

Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

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