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New Haven 2nd alarm 1303 Chapel St. vacant dwelling 
12/25/19 New Haven, CT – New Haven firefighters hoped for a quiet Christmas as they came on shift. Instead, as they pulled out of quarters for the box alarm, companies reported they could see it. Engine Company 6 arrived reporting a top floor fire. Multiple hand lines were stretched as the fire continued to grow. Companies made an interior attack, but were chased out due to deteriorating conditions. A 2nd alarm was transmitted as companies transitioned to exterior operations. Truck companies went to work with a tower ladder and ladder pipe operations. Additional two and half hand lines also flanked the dwelling on all sides to darken down the fire. It took companies about two hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshals office. 
Glenn Duda, CFPA

New Haven FD Rescue 1
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New Haven 3rd alarm 55 Benton St. dwelling fire 
01/05/20 New Haven, CT – A reported basement fire in the city’s Westville section turned out firefighters just before eight p.m. Engine 15 arrived reporting smoke showing from a 1 1/2-story private dwelling. As companies began their operations, they were soon hampered by Collyers Mansion conditions in the basement. Companies tried to make a push, but were unable to gain headway on the fire. A second alarm was transmitted as a heavy smoke condition pushed from the entire dwelling. Companies were withdrawn from the dwelling to regroup with a new attack. Members of Rescue 1 soon reported they were trying to make a push in the basement, but had fire over their heads. Chief of Department Alston immediately ordered the emergency evacuation of the basement. Several members narrowly escaped the flash over-like conditions in the basement as maydays were transmitted. A third alarm was transmitted on the box as members were now ordered to go to defensive operations. The fire soon took hold of the first floor and extended throughout. Multiple hand lines worked for more than two hours to bring the fire under control. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to local hospitals. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 
Glenn Duda, CFPA

several shots are of the mayday as it happened

The Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Department in Wisconsin had a 5-Alarm fire in an apartment building Sunday morning (1/5). The call initially came in at 9:00 reporting a first floor apartment’s living room was on fire. First-in units reported the apartment was fully involved and soon after they reported explosions. It looked like the second floor apartment collapsed into the first and fire was through the roof. These pictures were taken over an hour after the original call. Eric Haak

Pierce quint at fire scene
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fire engine at burned out apartment building
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Marioin rescue pumper
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Pierce fire truck at fire scene
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Firefighter carrying pet cage
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Firefighters at work
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aftermath of apartment fire
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apartment building destroyed by fire
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Chicago had a still and box alarm fire at 8737 S. Constance Saturday afternoon (1/4/20) that resulted in several people being transported to hospitals, including firefighters. Eric Haak

Firefighters enter house with heavy smoke
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Firefighters climb ground ladder in heavy smoke
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Firefighters prepare to enter house on fire
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Firefighters at fire with flames
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Firefighters deploy a hand line at fire
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Firefighters deploy a hand line at fire
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I was right around the corner for this one. Battalion 14 reported smoke showing in the rear of a 1 sty occupied house @ 1635 s Trumbull. It appeared the fire started at the electric meter from a bad hook up on the rear of the house on the back porch. Engine 109 (2nd engine) took the alley and lead out a pre connect line to the rear. Lot of labor to get it all opened up to extinguish the fire. Companies had it all out and under control in about 20 minutes. Here are some shots I took. The rest of the photos are up on our website. Also, found some shell casings in the alley right behind the house, left over from New Years Eve! Chi-Town Fire Photos

Chicago fire engine
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heavy smoke from house fire
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Firefighter pulls siding from house
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Firefighters in heavy smoke
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heavy smoke near electric meter
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Firefighters douse flames
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Firefighter with hose line at fire
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flames by electric service at house
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house fire from chicago alley
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Firefighters in alley
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Here are some images taken at Chicago’s second still and box alarm on Saturday morning (12/28). This came in at the same time that companies were working at the box on 48th Place. It was interesting to see Squad 1 working at 112th and State Street. Eric Haak

Chicago fire engine at a fire
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Firefighters with hose line at night
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Firefighters with hose line at night
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Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55
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Firefighters battled a house fire New Year’s Day 2020 in Lincolnwood, IL. Eric Haak

Firefighters battle a house fire
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Firefighters battle house fire
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Firefighters with big hose line
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Pierce tower ladder at fire scene
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Rosenbauer ACP-55
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Chicago FD Squad 2A Snorkel
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master streams at fire scene
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Roenbauer ACP-55 at work
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massive smoke from house fire
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