Archive for September 7th, 2013

Maywood 3rd Alarm Fire 9-7-13

This from Josh Boyajian:

Here are some of the photos I took at Maywood’s 3-11 this afternoon.
Attached is a shot of River Grove’s New/Used Engine.
Maywood Fire Department

Maywood truck to the roof. Josh Boyajian photo

Maywood Fire Department

Josh Boyajian photo

Forest Park Fire Department

Forest park tower ladder. Josh Boyajian photo

Maywood Fire Department

Josh Boyajian photo

Maywood Fire Department

Josh Boyajian photo

Maywood Fire Department

Maywood engine on a hydrant. Josh Boyajian photo

River Grove Fire Department

This River Grove engine is X-Schaumburg. Josh Boyajian photo

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New area ambulance updates

From Fire Service, Inc.:

  • The Westchester Fire Department ordered a new Wheeled Coach medium duty ambulance. This new unit will be on a 2014 Freightliner chassis.
  • Leyden Fire Protection District took delivery of a new Wheeled Coach Type III ambulance.
Leyden Township FPD ambulance

New Leyden Township FPD ambulance. Fire Service, Inc. photo

  • The North Aurora Fire Protection District ordered a new Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance on a Ford F450 4×4 chassis. Delivery in November.
  • The Bensenville Fire Protection District took delivery of a 2011 Wheeled Coach Type I ambulance that was a Fire Service demo.
  • The Chicago Ridge Fire Department ordered a 2014 Road Rescue medium duty ambulance on a TerraStarcChassis.
  • The Beecher Fire Protection District ordered new Road Rescue Type 3 ambulance.
  • The Schererville Fire Department took delivery of a new Road Rescue ambulance.


Schererville Fire Department ambulance

New ambulance for Schererville Fire Department. Fire Service, Inc. photo

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5-Alarm fire in Quincy destroys vacant hotel

The Quincy Herald-Whig has an article with video and images of a fire that destroyed a vacant hotel that the city was hoping to have renovated to revitalize the downtown area.

Quincy Fire Department

Phil Carlson photo

The Newcomb Hotel was destroyed in a devastating five-alarm fire Friday night. Firefighers were expected to remain at the scene through the morning. Flames shot out of the roof, and firefighters were pulled back in case of collapse.

Firefighters initially entered the building to extinguish a fire on the second floor on the west side of the former hotel, which opened in March 1888. However, they were unable to contain the blaze. At 9 p.m. firefighters were battling heavy flames in the three-story addition on the east side that partially collapsed during an April storm. Eventually flames overtook the main building, as well.

The city appeared to have turned a corner on the long-vacant building.  Last week, the city agreed to enter negotiations with an Iowa developer to potentially renovate the building into market-rate apartments. The city was also trying to foreclose on the property, which is owned by Skokie developer Victor Horowitz after he failed to pay off a $500,000 loan he received from the city in 2003.

“I’m nauseous,” said Travis Brown, executive director of the Historic Quincy Business District, who stood at Fourth and Maine looking at the burning building. “This is the closest we’ve come in the five years I’ve been here. We finally get to enter negotiations with a legitimate developer who is eager to do the building, and right before we start the negotiations, you see flames coming out the side of it.”

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said about 30 firefighters were battling the fire and most were expected to be on the scene throughout the night. He said firefighters’ biggest concern as the hotel burned was keeping the flames out of the Gardner Museum on the west side of Fourth Street. He said crews were on the roof of the Lincoln-Douglas Apartment building at the northwest corner of Fourth and Maine, keeping an eye on that building, as well. Residents of the apartments were evacuated to the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York.

“This is one of those buildings we don’t take risks in,” Henning said.

Quincy Fire Department

Michael Kipley photo

Quincy Fire Department

Phil Carlson photo

Quincy Fire Department

Phil Carlson photo

A gallery with more images can be found HERE.

Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois


thanks Patrick

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New blog online to showcase fire scene photos

As of today, a new blog has been launched called FireScenes.NET. Intended as a hub to view images from fire scenes throughout the country, the new blog will highlight fire photography from many contributors. Readers of will see some familiar postings from time to time as the work of local photographers is uploaded to share with a broader audience.

FireScenes.NET will post images of fires that occur in many cities and states in addition to what is shown on More than a dozen photographers have already agreed to share images through the new blog and that number will grow as the blog audience expands. Since several photographers from the Chicago area travel on a regular basis to Detroit, this will be a new venue to share those images alongside many of the other photographers that also visit Detroit.

The new blog was created by Larry Shapiro. He states:

Through discussions with photographers from across the country, I created this blog to fill a need that was identified.  While there are a vast number of sites on the web where people post images of fire scenes, trying to search for those scenes brings up thousands of hits.  Similar keywords which include fire trucks, firemen, and fire scenes, tend to increase this number. Many of these results are not directly relevant to the search.

So click the link and check out the new blog.


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