Chicago had a still & box alarm fire in the 18th Battalion Sunday morning (12/15). The fire was at 4441 W Monroe and was in a vacant 2-story ordinary. The fire made it into the cockloft and a line was eventually stretched to the roof in order to finish the job. Eric Haak

fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo
fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo
fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo
fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo
fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo
fire scene in Chicago
Eric Haak photo

At 18:54 on 12/12/19, a passerby reported to 9-1-1 that a building on the property of Clean Management at 915 Industrial Road north of Walterboro was on fire, with flames coming from the building. Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue Engine 19, stationed less than a mile away, arrived within minutes, to find heavy fire conditions in a storage and processing building. Most of the structure was a large open air canopy style building used for storing and neutralizing industrial waste. The building also contained several offices, file, and break rooms. The building contained hundreds of 55-gallon steel drums and plastic containers of varying products. First arriving units requested a second alarm, then deployed multiple 2-1/2 and 1-3/4 handlines. Two drop tanks were set up for water supply with tenders shuttling water for the firefighting effort. Firefighters cut a section from the fence surrounding the property to gain access to the building and forced entry through the front and a side door.

Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo
Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo

Crews worked for 40 minutes to gain control of the fire and were at the scene for five hours performing overhaul. Much of the product was saved, but the building suffered extensive damage. The area over the offices also received heavy damage, but the interior of the building was saved, receiving mostly smoke and water damage. Several pieces of heavy equipment were also destroyed or damaged in the fire. Two firefighters were transported to Colleton Medical Center for evaluation following exposure to one of the substances, upon the recommendation of Chemtrec. Both were treated and released the following morning. Viewing surveillance video, it appears the fire started near a piece of heavy equipment parked in the middle of the facility about 30 minutes after the business closed. The fire quickly spread from there to the other parts of the building. 

Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo
Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo
Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo
Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo
Colleton County SC Fire Rescue battle commercial fire at night
Harold Buzzell photo

Engine 19, Engine 26, Engine 27, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Tender 32, Tender 36, Ladder 19, Medic 1, Medic 9, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 104, Car 105, Car 107, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott O’Quinn and Captain Janey Laney operated the Command Post.  SCDHEC and the Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. 

Photos by Harold Buzzell

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Photos by Eric Haak of the 3-Alarm fire in Bellwood, IL – December 8, 2019

3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo
3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo
3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo
3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo
3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo
3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
Eric Haak photo

DATELINE CITY OF DETROIT MICHIGAN DATE TUESDAY 12-10-2019. BOX ALARM + DEMS {DETROIT E.M.S.} STANDBY ON LAWTON STREET {NO NUMERICS AVAILABLE} CROSS STREETS OF POPLAR & BUCHANAN. BOX ALARM AT APPROX 15:40 HOURS B/O/O CENTRAL OFFICE {C.O.} BOX ALARM COMPANIES RESPONDING ENGINES 34/27/42/17 LADDER 22 SQUAD 4 B/C. 7. DEMS STANDBY @ 15:41 HOURS B/O/O C.O. DEMS STANDBY COMPANY RESPONDING MEDIC 19. Matthew Sosnowski

Detroit Firefighters venting peak roof during fire
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Detroit Firefighters venting peak roof during fire
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Detroit Firefighters venting peak roof during fire
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Ferrara fire engine in Detroit
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Spartan/Smeal ladder truck in Detroit
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Matthew Sosnowski photo
Spartan/Smeal ladder truck in Detroit
Matthew Sosnowski photo

The Cambridge Fire Department (ON) burned a large house and barn at 120 Blenheim Road May 1, 2019. Box 690 had been requested to provide rehab for the burn.

heavy smoke from barn fire
Gary Dinkel photo
smoke and flames from barn on fire
Gary Dinkel photo

Cambridge ON fire engine
Gary Dinkel photo

Lots of shots and video from the two burn downs, which are always fun to photograph. Firefighters had done some live-fire training on the house over the last couple of months. The buildings were being burned to allow a new house and garage to be built on the property. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

house engulfed by fire
Gary Dinkel photo
Firefighters burn house down
Gary Dinkel photo
fire engine drafts water at house fire
Gary Dinkel photo
Firefighters with hose battle flames
Gary Dinkel photo
Cambridge Firefighters battle flames
Gary Dinkel photo

Pictures from Hartford, CT 2nd alarm on 11/9/19 at 100 Edwards St. This was the 3rd fire in this building in 2019. 

Patrick Dooley

Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo
Sutphen tower ladder at work at Hartford CT fire
Patrick Dooley photo