On April 19th, 2019, the Lawrence FD (MA) was dispatched to a reported fire on Brookfield Street. Responding companies had heavy smoke showing while en route and struck the working fire. A second and third alarm were struck shortly after arrival due to heavy fire and exposure issues. The vacant house had originally been involved in the September 2018 gas explosions and suffered a collapse of the roof and alpha side wall. At one point, an ember from the fire set a building across the street ablaze. Companies stretched one line and knocked that fire down quickly. Both fires were brought under control in about an hour, although companies remained on scene well after that to chase down hot spots and overhaul.

3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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2-Alarm fire 2130 hours 4/17/19 at 141 West Grand Lake Blvd in West Chicago, IL. One man was rescued and later died in the hospital. One resident died at the scene.

fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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fatal 2-Alarm fire in West Chicago
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Saturday afternoon, Oak Park (IL) companies fought a tough fire @ 530 s Scoville in a two-story apartment building. Numerous hose lines were dropped and two master streams were used to knock down this fire. About two hours into this fire, there was another fire about three blocks away. The first-in companies (Riverside engine, Brookfield engine, and Oak Brook ladder) arrived to find a three-story frame house, with the back end totally involved. The area was taxed of all their resources which then brought a Task Force of Interdivisional companies to cover the towns while fighting these fires. 

heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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HME Silver Fox fire engine with lines off
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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Firefighters vent building roof from aerial ladder with heavy smoke
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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The Milwaukee Fire Department responded to a fire in the Furniture Depot store at 2523 West Lincoln Avenue on Milwaukee’s south side on Saturday, April 13th. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the front of the store engulfed in flames. A second alarm was called before being elevated to a third alarm. The fire completely destroyed the store and damaged nearby businesses and a home.

Firefighters in Oak Park, IL battled fire that spread through the cockloft of a two-story apartment building at 530-534 S Scoville Avenue 4/13/19.

Oak park FD Engine 602 HME 1871 Silver Fox
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massive smoke and flames from apartment building fire
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Firefighters vent roof from aerial ladder tip with heavy smoke
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Firefighters ventilate clay tile covered roof
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Oak Park FD E-ONE tower ladder at work
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Hillside FD Engine 404
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Cicero FD Truck 2 E-ONE Cyclone II Super tiller
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We took in the extra alarm fire last week on the westside of Chicago. It was a food manufacturing warehouse and the first-in companies encountered heavy fire on their arrival. A lot of in-line pumping operations took place at this job which required many resources, which at the peak of the fire, made it to a 5-11 and 4 Specials. Twenty two engines, ten trucks including four tower ladders, Squad 2, plus a plethora of special equipment responded to this. We got to this about an hour into the fire. 

Chicago FD Squad 2A
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Chicago FD Engine 91
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23
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Chicago FD Engine 35
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21
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Firefighters with multiple lines battle massive warehouse fire
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