Archive for May 3rd, 2019

Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19 (more)

From the Prospect Heights Fire District:

PROSPECT HEIGHTS —Today, Friday May 3, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported fire at 1535 Cove Drive, part of the Quincy Park Condominiums.  

While still responding to this location, 9-1-1 dispatchers at our Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center received additional information and multiple phone calls indicating the situation was much more serious than first reported. As a result of that information our dispatchers upgraded the response sending even more fire apparatus to the location. At this time, four engines, two aerial ladder trucks, a rescue squad, two ambulances, and multiple chief officers were responding.

Heavy smoke could be seen more than one-half mile away from the scene. When the first fire engine arrived on the scene the fire was visible and coming from the rear of the condo on the east side of the building. The fire had spread up into the second floor and roof.

The building is a two-story, wood-frame structure that has four units, each with its own exterior entrance and an attached garage. With the current fire conditions and the proximity of other structures only feet away, an immediate call for reinforcements was made to our Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). This added three more engines, one more truck, ambulance, and rescue squad, plus three chief officers. The alarm additionally sent an engine and ambulance to the Prospect Heights fire station to provide coverage to the rest of the city while this fire was fought.

Within a few minutes of their arrival, the first engine had a hose stream on the fire and extinguished the original fire. Efforts were then focused on the fire spreading in the upper walls, roof, and attic. Additional firefighters with hoses were deployed to attack the fire and were successful in keeping it from spreading.  Simultaneous with this, a search was made of all four units and while no humans were located, several cats and dogs were removed from various units that had smoke in them. The fire was brought under control and extinguished within 20 minutes of arrival using three hose lines and more than a dozen fire apparatus. Approximately 50 firefighters composed the response force. Firefighters spent nearly one hour checking for hot spots and fire spread to ensure the fire was completely out.

Besides the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District and Wheeling Fire Department that were initially dispatched, assistance was provided by Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, and Palatine fire departments; the Countryside, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Long Grove, and North Maine fire protection districts; and the Rosemont Public Safety Department.

The unit where the fire began and the building’s exterior sustained extensive fire damage. The other three units sustained smoke and water damage as well as some damage made necessary by the firefighter’s efforts to ensure the fire had not spread into other areas. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is not suspicious in origin. The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District will not be estimating the total dollar loss but expects losses to be several thousands of dollars. Such estimates are best left to the insurance companies.

The Prospect Heights Fire Protections District reminds everyone to always have two ways to escape from their home, to ensure smoke alarms are present and working, and to develop an emergency plan should their home be destroyed by a fire or other disaster.

Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Had this structure been equipped with fire sprinklers, the original fire would have been extinguished prior to the arrival of the fire department or at the worst, contained to the single room where it had started.

more photos and a video from the Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19

Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Townhouse fire at 1535 Cove Dr in Prospect Heights 5-3-19

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Box Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, 5-3-19

Prospect Heights firefighters were called to 1535 Cove Drive this afternoon at 12:28 (5/3/19) for a reported fire in a laundry room at a four-unit townhouse. The incident was upgraded to a working fire prior to the arrival of companies and then a Box Alarm when Battalion 9 arrived reporting flames through the 2nd floor roof. First arriving units had heavy fire out the front door, the laundry room was fully engulfed in fire, and flames were traveling up the outside of the building to the roof. The bulk of fire on the first floor was knocked down quickly and companies then attacked fire on the second floor and in the attack. Damage to the adjoining units minimal.

Companies at the scene were Prospect Heights Engine 39, Engine 9, Tower 9, Battalion 9, and chiefs 901 and 900; Wheeling Engine 23, Engine 42, Truck 24, Battalion 24 and Chief 2401; Mount Prospect Engine 14 and Battalion 3; Des Plaines Tower 63 and Chief 6101; Northbrook Tower 12 and Ambulance 12; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51; Arlington Heights Engine 2 and Chief 101; Northfield Squad 29; North Maine Engine 1 and Battalion 1; Palatine Ambulance 82; Glenview Ambulance 8; Long Grove Battalion 55; and Buffalo Grove Engine 26.

A police officer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries incurred while evacuating people from the unit.

Firefighter pulls hose from engine at fire

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Firefighters vent roof of building with smoke and fire

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Firefighter with hose line battles fire

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Firefighter covered with debris after fighting a fire

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Lisle-Woodridge FPD news

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At 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday (5/1/19), a passerby alerted the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District (LWFD) to a structure fire in the 5600 block of River Drive. Firefighters en route learned that three people might still have been inside. When they arrived at 6:24 a.m., they reported heavy fire in the single-family home.

A nearby off-duty LWFD firefighter heard the radio report and went to help. He entered the home and got all three people, who did not know the home was on fire, out of the house. They were all treated and released at the scene. Firefighters got the blaze under control in 20 minutes. 

No civilians or firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Wood Dale FPD – 1999 Piece Quantum 105′ quint for sale

Wood Dale FPD selling Pierce Quantum quint


1999 Pierce Aerial Ladder Truck, VIN: 4P1CT02S2XA001357 (17,188 miles). The cab and chassis are also a 1999 and the model is a Quantum. The engine is a Detroit Diesel series 60 and the transmission is an Allison EVS 4060. It is equipped with a Harrison 10kw hydraulic PTO operated power generator. It has a 105 aerial device model number PAL105. It is a rear mounted steel telescoping ladder. It has a Hale mid ship split shaft fire pump model QSMG-150/ 1500 GPM. It has an Elkhart panel mounted foam eductor that is pre-piped to the front cross lay. It has two 2.5″ discharges on the driver’s side and one 2.5″ and one 4″ discharge on the right side. It has a combination 5″ rear discharge from the pump or direct aerial waterway inlet switched by a valve. It has 5 seat positions with 3 SCBA seats (1 fold down jump seat, non SCBA). It has a center mounted EMS cabinet, forward facing, in the rear of the truck cab. The only equipment provided with the truck will be the ground ladders and the electric fog nozzle for the master stream. The ladders are a 10′ folding, 14′ combination, 1-16′ roof, 1-14′ roof, 1-12’ roof, 24′ extension, and a 35′ extension. Current pump test certification from 2018. Annual inspection reports. Current on preventive maintenance. Last passing aerial test was 2017.

  • Recent history repairs- Pump overhauled in 2011, engine rebuilt in 2012, transmission replaced in 2012, aerial swivel replaced in 2013. All overhead emergency light bars upgraded to LED in 2013.
  • Broken, damaged, or inoperative- The aerial device failed annual inspection in 2018 due to excessive wear in the primary rotation bearing. The rear frame has been repaired several times but does still have significant rust scale, rust jacking, and corrosion. The rear suspension has rust holes in the suspension carriers and the right side will need to be repaired or replaced. The A/C compressor is inoperative/ seized, and the belt was removed. The truck was driven into approximately 4′ of water in 2011.
  • Municipal vehicle, starts, runs, drives, As-Is with reserve.

    This item has a reserve.


Wood Dale FPD selling Pierce Quantum quint

Wood Dale FPD selling Pierce Quantum quint

thanks Tim

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