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Still & Box Alarm w/ Injured FF and Child 12-16-12

This from Dave Weaver:

12/16/12 CHICAGO, IL: Still & Box Alarm w/ Injured FF and Child / EMS Plan 1
The St. Stephens Terrace Apartments 2334 W. Van Buren St.
Recording with Fireground by

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Chicago Heights firefighter injured

Martin Nowak found this article in the Southtown Star about a firefighter injury in Chicago Heights on Thursday. Excerpts from the article which includes a photo gallery:

A Chicago Heights firefighter was injured in an early morning blaze Thursday in an abandoned house at 1235 Vincennes Ave.

The fire department was called at 3:23 a.m. and found the first and second floors in the rear of the wood-frame house engulfed in flames, assistant fire chief Jamie Angell said

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side – update

The Chicago Tribune has a followup article HERE updating the events of Thursday evening and the conditions of the injured firefighters. Excerpts include the following:

As a badly burned Chicago fire captain was being helped from a blazingWest Englewood attic Thursday night, he realized another firefighter was still in danger.

“My guy is still up there! My guy is still up there!” yelled Capt. Thomas Ruane, prompting other firefighters to charge up the stairs, Deputy District Chief Bob McKee said Friday.

On entering the smoke-filled attic, firefighters heard the piercing shriek of an alarm on firefighter Gerald Carter’s breathing equipment, an indication he had been motionless for at least 15 seconds. Following the alarm’s sound, another firefighter found Carter and rushed him out of the house, McKee said.

Department officials said the rescuers’ quick reactions to the rapidly worsening conditions likely saved Ruane and Carter from more severe injuries.

…  the two firefighters assigned to Engine 54 …

Ruane, 52, was burned on his ears and the back of his neck, and Carter, 31, was burned on his left hand and forehead.

Kevin Abdullah, 49, the firefighter who helped Ruane out of the house, was treated for exhaustion at Mount Sinai Hospital and released Thursday night, fire officials said. A fourth firefighter, Sean Finn, 44, was also treated at Loyola for a burn to his neck but was released early Friday, officials said.

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side – update

The Chicago Tribune has updated their article HERE and confirms that a fourth firefighter was injured in last night’s fire.

A third firefighter was also taken in serious to critical condition to Loyola, but details of his injuries were not known.

ABC has a video HERE 

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side

The Chicago Tribune posted the following article which was updated at 8:30PM

3 firefighters injured in South Side fire

Staff report8:30 p.m. CDT, August 25, 2011

Three firefighters were injured, two in critical condition, in a fire that broke out tonight in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood, police said.

The fire broke out this evening at a structure located on the 7000 block of South Justine Street, police said.

Two firefighters were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and another in fair condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, said Fire Department Chief Kevin MacGregor.  said.

At least eight residents were displaced in the fire.

The following is from

3 Firefighters Seriously Injured in Englewood Fire

Updated: Thursday, 25 Aug 2011, 8:22 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 25 Aug 2011, 8:22 PM CDT

Sun-Times Media Wire

Chicago – Firefighters are battling a house fire in the South Side Englewood neighborhood Thursday evening.

The call for a house fire at 7032 S. Justine St. came in about 6:45 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said. He said the fire has displaced several people.

Three firefighters were seriously injured, according to a police source.

A still-and-box alarm and EMS Plan I — which automatically sends five ambulances– were called for the fire, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports. The EMS Plan 1 was secured at 7:55 p.m.

The firefighters were transported from the scene to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and Mount Sinai Hospital, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

Fire Media Affairs was not immediately available for comment.

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Firefighter injured at Crystal Lake extra alarm

The Crystal Lake Fire Department was on the scene of a house fire for several hours yesterday at 1344 Gardina Vista where a firefighter reportedly sustained injuries while on an aerial ladder. The firefighter was air lifted from the scene. According to the Northwest Herald:

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a vacant house in Crystal Lake for more than four hours Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to 1344 Gardina Vista in Crystal Lake shortly after 5 p.m. Several other area fire departments were called to help.

One firefighter was injured while on the scene. Officials would not release his name or say what department he was from. The firefighter was taken by Flight for Life emergency helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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Peoria firefighter falls through floor

Dennis McGuire, Jr. came across this article and felt that even though it deals with a fire department out of the general area, it is a worthwhile read. The article tells the story of a Peoria firefighter that fell into the basement at a house fire last week.

He was stuck in a fire- and smoke-filled basement.


The flames were intense, causing third-degree burns to his left hand and arm. He suffered severe burns to his right hand and arm, too.

Even so, he knows he’s lucky.

Check it out HERE.

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CFD 3-11 on 3-5-11

After working the midnight shift in the CFD Fire Alarm Office, Steve Redick took off for the south side to photograph the 3-11 alarm fire in the 9100 block of South Stony Island Avenue. The fire began before 4AM in one room of a two-story motel that had a total of 62 rooms. The fire eventually resulted in damage to all rooms and burned the roof off before it was declared under control before 9AM. The Chicago Tribune reports that at least 7 people suffered injuries including one Chicago firefighter. Fire companies were busy citywide last night, and when this alarm came out, Engine 82 and Truck 42, the still alarm companies, were both tied up elsewhere. Engines 72 and 46 plus Truck 17 and Tower 34 were subsequently assigned to this fire on the still alarm.

Though he arrived late into the fire, Steve submitted several images that depict multiple hand lines, Squad 5’s Snorkel, and tower ladders 34 and 37.

The Chicago Tribune has an article and photo gallery HERE.

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire Lake Motel March 5, 2011

Tower 37 deployed their basket low to penetrate the second floor rooms. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire Lake Motel March 5, 2011

Chicago Tower Ladder 34 was running with this spare E-ONE unit and setup in Sector 1. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire Lake Motel March 5, 2011

Squad 5 deployed their Snorkel at one end of the block-long motel. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire Lake Motel March 5, 2011

Engine 81 was in an alley alongside the motel property supplying multiple hand lines to the rear. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department 3-11 alarm fire Lake Motel March 5, 2011

Firefighters stand by as several master streams inundate the motel to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire. Steve Redick photo


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A note from the LAFD

From: Battalion, 40

Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:55 AM

To: Allsites

Subject: LAFD Serious Accident

Last night Engine 7 responded with Los Angeles City Fire Department on a structure fire.  During the firefighting operations a ceiling collapsed trapping a number of firefighters.  Several firefighters were injured as a result of the ceiling collapse.  Two Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters received minor injuries; both firefighters were sent to the hospital, treated and released to home.  One Los Angeles City firefighter remains in grave condition.  Los Angeles County Fire Department has assigned personnel to the Serious Accident Review Team.

Department personnel will be kept informed as new information becomes available.

This e-mail has been approved for distribution by Chief Deputy John Tripp. has information HERE.

FirefighterCloseCalls has information HERE.

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Lincolnwood 2-11 Alarm house fire 2-14-11

Lincolnwood Fire Department house fire St Louis 2-14-11

A basement fire at 6531 St. Louis in Lincolnwood burned for several hours on Monday causing major damage to this modern home. Larry Shapiro photo

The Lincolnwood Fire Department responded to smoke in the basement at 6531 St. Louis this afternoon and discovered a basement fire in a large two-story brick home. They were unable to extinguish the fire and upgraded the incident to a MABAS Box Alarm and then again to a 2nd Alarm bringing companies from Skokie, Evanston, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, Highwood, DesPlaines, plus Chicago Squad 2 and Chicago Engine 79.

Lincolnwood Fire Department house fire St Louis 2-14-11

Firefighters used the window wells and then breached the brick walls for access to the basement so they could direct water onto the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

The basement reportedly had a 9-foot ceiling and proved difficult to access. After companies went defensive, they initially accessed the basement with hand lines through the window wells. Later they breached the brick exterior in several places for better access to the basement with the ability to direct the lines with accuracy although the number of partitioned spaces made access that much more difficult. As the first floor gave way in several locations, this allowed additional access to the basement. As the basement filled with water, the fire continued to burn among the floor joists. This made hitting the varioius fires extremely difficult.

Lincolnwood Fire Department house fire St Louis 2-14-11

Several of the areas that were breached in the 'B Sector' are visible here. Larry Shapiro photo

Lincolnwood Fire Department house fire St Louis 2-14-11

Glenview Engine 6 dropped over 600' of 5-inch hose and tagged a hydrant at the south end of the block. Larry Shapiro photo

Thick smoke permeated through the entire house and an elevated master stream from Skokie Truck 16 was deployed for a short time into the second floor. Lincolnwood’s soon to be replaced Pierce aerial was also deployed at this fire which may prove to be its’ last.

Chicago Squad 2 and the 10th Battalion were due on the box and Engine 79 came in on the 2nd alarm. Although command began releasing companies around 7PM, several mutual aid companies remained working at the scene until after 10PM.

One firefighter was injured at the scene and transported to the hospital, his condition was unknown when this post was written.

Lincolnwood Fire Department house fire St Louis 2-14-11

Firefighters watch as a member of Chicago Squad 2 cuts through a section of the living room floor to gain access to another room in the basement. Larry Shapiro photo

Tim Olk and Larry Shapiro took in this fire. A gallery of images by Larry Shapiro can be seen HERE along with a video. Tim’s photos can be viewed HERE.

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