Several photographers were at a massive warehouse fire at 1829 54th Avenue in Cicero, IL Tuesday evening. The fire started in a vacant, 3-story brick warehouse with possible squatters. The flames were fierce and quickly spread to the roof of an adjacent 1-story, occupied, commercial structure to the south. Temperatures went from 10 degrees down to 2 degrees with a windchill of -12. Companies encountered frozen hydrants and limited water to supply all of the master streams.
Two tower ladders, one straight ladder, a TDA, a Snorkel, and a Rosenbauer/Metz platform were all flowing master streams in addition to at least one deck gun from an engine. After the 4th alarm, a task force was requested from a neighboring division with three engines and three more trucks. The Chicago Fire Department sent a ladder, a battalion chief, and then an engine and hose wagon to supply water from Chicago hydrants several blocks away.
Images from Eric Haak, Tim Olk, and John Tulipano. My images and video will follow later.