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At 9:40 AM on Saturday, 2/8/20, units were dispatched to a reported building fire at 2803 Poag St, in Fairfax County, Virginia.  A five-story building under construction had heavy fire showing on the top floor.  Due to the wood-frame construction of the buildings, lack of sprinkler systems, windy conditions, and water supply issues, the fire rapidly spread throughout the complex.  The fire quickly grew to 4+ alarms, bringing units from Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince George’s counties, the City of Alexandria, and Fort Belvoir.  In the end, the fire destroyed 5 buildings plus 14 townhouses under construction, and damaged an additional 14 townhouses, 4 single-family homes, 5 apartment buildings, 1 commercial building, and 28 vehicles.  The cause is still under investigation, and damage estimates are unknown.
All photos by Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers.
Full photo album here:  

multiple buildings destroyed in Fairfax County fire
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
multiple buildings destroyed in Fairfax County fire
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
multiple buildings destroyed in Fairfax County fire
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
Alexandria FD Tractor-drawn aerial at fire scene
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
Seagrave fire truck at work
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
massive fire in Fairfax County
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers
Greater Springfield Fire Department fire truck at work
Andrew Pang, DC Metro Fire Photographers

Photos from the scene of a house fire in Northbrook, IL on Dorian Drive 2/7/20.

Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters on the roof of a house with snoe
Tim Olk photo
Firefighters battle a basement fire
Tim Olk photo

more photos at Chicagoareafire.com

Still & Box Alarm in Chicago, IL. At 5:45 Saturday morning, companies were dispatched to 4208 South Wells Street. Engine Co. 16 landed first and reported a 1.5-story frame, 20 x 50 with fire through the roof. Engine’s 16 and 29 used their deck guns to darken down the bulk of the fire and within minutes. All that was needed were a few hand lines to mop up. There was some very minor communication to the “B” side exposure with visible flames along the eave but that was quickly extinguished and further communication prevented.

flames engulf the roof of a house at night
Eric Haak photo
flames engulf the roof of a house at night
Eric Haak photo
fire engiine deploys deck gun at night house fire
Eric Haak photo
Firefighter struggles with large hose line
Eric Haak photo
Chicago Firefighter at night fire scene
Eric Haak photo
house fire at night
Eric Haak photo
Chicago Firefighters with hose line at fire scene
Eric Haak photo
Firefighter mentors candidates at fire scene
Eric Haak photo

 On 2/5/2020, Boston Fire Alarm dispatched companies to a reported fire on East Seventh Street in the South Boston neighborhood of the city. While companies were responding multiple calls came in reporting the fire, and Engine 2 and Ladder 19 called off with heavy smoke and fire showing from a building under construction. Within 10 minutes a second and third alarm were struck, with a fourth alarm sounded not long after. Companies dealt with heavy fire on all floors and battled exposure problems. Multiple aerial master streams were utilized to knock down heavy fire before transitioning to an interior attack. The fire was under control in about an hour and a half, and a detail crew stayed overnight. More photos can be found here: Sean Fesko/911 ERV

4-Alarm fire in Boston
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Boston
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Boston
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Boston
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Boston
Sean Fesko/911 ERV

Wheeling (IL) firefighters responded to 900 Valley Stream Drive Monday morning (2/2/20) for a reported basement fire. Upon arrival, smoke was seen and the alarm was upgraded to a working fire. A window on the bottom level of the split-level home blew out with flames,es and heavy smoke. Firefighters took two lines into the house and extinguished the fire quickly. Overhaul and wash down of both the interior and exterior was extensive.

heavy smoke from house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
heavy smoke from house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
heavy smoke from house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
heavy smoke from house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
Firefighters in full PPE
Larry Shapiro photo
heavy smoke from house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
Firefighters at door with hose
Larry Shapiro photo
Firefighter with saw at fire scene
Larry Shapiro photo
aftermath of house fire
Larry Shapiro photo
dirty Firefighters after a fire
Larry Shapiro photo

more photos at Chicagoareafire.com


On January 27, 2020, Weymouth Fire was dispatched to a reported fire on Commercial Street near the Braintree line. Companies had heavy fire showing on arrival and a working fire was requested. The fire was fought defensively as the roof was discovered to be soft and everyone was reported to be out of the building. More photos can be found here:

night fire scene
Sean Fesko/911 ERV photo
night fire scene
Sean Fesko/911 ERV photo
night fire scene
Sean Fesko/911 ERV photo

On January 26, 2020, Boston Fire was dispatched to a reported fire on Seaver Street. Companies had heavy fire on arrival and a report of one occupant still in the building that was rescued shortly after arrival. Crews fought the fire offensively, keeping it to a first-alarm assignment and knocking the heavy fire down within 15 minutes. While checking for extension a cat was rescued from the building. It appeared to be okay. More photos can be found here:
Sean Fesko/911 ERV

Boston Firefighter at fire scene
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
Boston house gutted by fire
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
aftermath of Boston house fire
Sean Fesko/911 ERV