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For once I was in the right place at the right time…. but, turned out to be a small fire. At Approximately 08:50 on 4-18-14 Glenside FPD was dispatched to a reported dryer fire at 644 Burdette in Glendale Heights (I was at North Ave and Glen Ellyn Road 2 blocks away!). As I headed down the street looking for the address.. DuComm reported all persons out of the house and flames coming from the dryer. I passed the house saw the homeowner and kids out front as I parked the car Glendale Heights police were pulling up behind me. Engine 58 and Medic 59 arrived about 2 minutes later and stretched a 1-3/4 attack line and quickly knocked down the fire as the additional companies arrived. In my haste to get set up I forgot to check my ISO and shot all the pictures at 2500 (slightly over exposure thank god for RAW and lightroom!)
more photos are at http://tulipano-firephotos.smugmug.com/FIRES/4-18-14-GLENSIDE-SPECIAL-ALARM/
Here’s the video from the 3-Alarm fire in Indianapolis on April 11, 2014
I was able to attend an unusual incident last night. There is a small area that belongs to Chicago, that lies along Foster ave west of River rd, adjacent to O’Hare Field. This is much closer to Rosemont and Schiller Park, yet it belongs to CFD. It isn’t really a good run for either the airport companies nor engine 11. Sort of a no-man’s land. Rosemont responded to smoke in the area, as well as Schiller Park , Desplaines, and Park Ridge. CFD was notified as well. Arriving units found a well-involved tour/party type bus inside an industrial building. Park Ridge, due on auto-aide, used a deck gun to hit the bulk of the fire. Chicago companies arrived and worked in concert with all the suburban units. Another interesting aspect to this was that MVU (924) was used. This rig lives at O’Hare Field and most of us fire fan types have never actually had a chance to see the unit in operation. I also took a photo or two of the various municipality street signs at each end of the block. They used suburban style hydrants, but I think I heard the sprinkler connections on the fire building were Chicago threads. All in all a “once in a billion years” kinda deal.
more photos at chicagoareafire.com