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Working fire in Chicago, 1-23-21

This from Eric Haak:

At 3:15 Saturday morning (1/23), companies in Chicago’s 14th Battalion were dispatched to 2213 West Cermak for the reported fire. Engine Company 23 landed a minute later and confirmed a working fire in the rear porches of a 30×70, three-story, ordinary, occupied apartment building. Companies worked for almost 20 minutes to contain the blaze but fire extension into the basement, first, and second floors forced a defensive attack at around 3:35. There was also fire extension into the adjoining “D” side exposure building that was quickly brought under control. Engine 109 worked their deck gun in sector “C” while Squad 1’s Snorkel was set up. Eventually, the fire was put out with several hand lines and master streams from the Snorkel and Tower Ladder 5. Companies worked for over four hours as the thermometer hovered around 10 degrees throughout the duration of the incident.

Chicago Firefighters battle a fire at night

Eric Haak photo

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House fire in Arlington Heights, 1-22-21

Arlington Heights police and firefighters were sent to 302 Ivy Lane close to 9PM Friday night (1/22/21) for a reported house fire. Engine 4 was the first to arrive and reported fire through the roof, a second floor window, and siding. They advanced a line into the house as other companies arrived. Arlington Heights Engine2, normally the second engine for this district, was initially on another assignment and Palatine Engine 83 arrived in their place and took a hydrant across the street. Buffalo Grove Tower 25 is the first truck to this area and setup in front of the address. Three lines were deployed to fight the fire which was extinguished in under 10 minutes.

smoke at house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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House fire in Berwyn, 1-18-21

This from Steve Redick:

1224 S Clinton  Full still


Seagrave aerial ladder at house fire

Steve Redick photo

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Historic fire: Goldblatt’s fire in Mt Prospect, 1977 (more)

More photos from the Historic fire: Goldblatt’s fire in Mt Prospect, 1977 (pt1)

I just found your blog as I was searching for old photos of the Goldblatts fire. I grew up in Des Plaines in the Craig Manor subdivision at the corner of Wolf & Central Roads. We could see the fire from our house and quickly drove over there. I was 14 at the time and had a cheap old camera and took these photos myself. You may share them anywhere.
Please attribute them to: Carole (formerly of Des Plaines)
massive Randhurst fire in 1977

Photo courtesy of Carole (formerly of Des Plaines)

massive Randhurst fire in 1977

Photo courtesy of Carole (formerly of Des Plaines)

massive Randhurst fire in 1977

Photo courtesy of Carole (formerly of Des Plaines)

More from this fire HERE and HERE

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Box alarm fire in Evanston, 1-14-21

Excerpts from the City of Evanston:

On Thursday, January 14, at 1:07 pm, Evanston firefighters responded to the 300 block of Dempster Street for the report of an automatic fire alarm in a residential multi-story structure.

First arriving companies encountered moderate smoke and fire conditions on the third floor. Due to a quick and aggressive offensive attack plus fire sprinkler activation, the fire was extinguished and contained to the unit of origin approximately 10 minutes after crews arrived on scene. 

One middle-aged female was found unresponsive in the apartment, pulseless and non-breathing. Fire crews removed the victim to safety and began resuscitative efforts on scene. En route to a local area hospital, paramedics were successful in resuscitating her. The patient is currently in the intensive care unit. 

Additional equipment from neighboring municipalities assisted the City of Evanston provide station coverage while EFD units battled the blaze. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

apartment building in Evanston

Larry Shapiro photo

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Fatal fire in River Grove, 1-8-21 (more)

Photos from Steve Redick of the Fatal fire in River Grove, 1-8-21

atal, 2-Alarm fire in River Grove, IL at 3045 Paris Avenue 1-8-21

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House fire in Buffalo Grove, 1-5-21

Buffalo Grove police and firefighters were called to 134 Golfview Terrace Tuesday afternoon (1/5/21) for a reported house fire. Police officers were first on the scene and said there were flames through the roof. Buffalo Grove Battalion 4 upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 working fire based on the police report. The header was visible from a distance of at least a mile away. Tower Ladder 25 was the first fire company on the scene followed by Arlington Heights Engine 4. The first attack line was taken to the rear and quickly darkened the fire that was burning on the outside of the house. A second line went inside.

Ferrara Inferno tower ladder at house fire

Larry Shapiro photo

smoke and flames from house on fire

Larry Shapiro photo

As additional companies arrived, two more hand lines were pulled and the balance of the fire was extinguished.



Units at the scene included Buffalo Grove Tower 25, Engine 27, Ambulance 25, Battalion 4, 408, 401, MobileCom, and Squad 25. Out of town companies included Arlington Heights Engine 4, Arlington Heights Battalion 1, Rolling Meadows Quint 15, Palatine Engine 82, Prospect Heights Engine 9, Long Grove Tanker 55, Long Grove Battalion 55, a Barrington ambulance and chief, Libertyville Squad 462, plus ambulances from Lake Forest and Nunda Rural FPD.

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Working fire in Calumet City, 1-5-21

This from Rob G (Gfdrob):

1/5/2021, approx 09:00hrs. 31-154th Place. Lauer’s Tap 20×60 1-sty ordinary. Original dispatch for a smoke investigation, 1101 arrived and found heavy smoke showing. Eng 11 attempted to take a line in the front door, but deteriorating conditions and a soft floor prevented any progress. Lines pulled out, defensive operations initiated. 4 lines plus SH T-43 master stream worked the fire.
Rob G
Firefighters battle fire in a pub

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Still and Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-3-21

This from Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Department Still and Box Alarm and EMS Plan 1 at 5545 S. Shields Avenue

winter house fire in Chicago

Tim Olk photo

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Working fire in Chicago, 12-30-20

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:


I took a ride to a fire in the 14th Battalion @ 2934 w 25th street. Companies landed with a 3-sty lightweight, with fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Companies made a push but were pulled out and went defensive for a few minutes. Engines 109, 23, and 107 were all lead out and had lines working. I arrived about 15 minutes into the alarm. 
E-ONE tower ladder at Chicago fire scene

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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