Prior to receiving multiple cellphone calls, someone knocked on the door of the Leyden Township FPD (IL) station at the corner of Mannheim and Grand just before 6PM to report a fire four blocks down the road. Units found heavy smoke pushing from a one-story, commercial structure with a bow-string truss roof. The building was occupied by a tire business and was currently full of tires.
The fire, at 2200 N. Mannheim Road was in the Northlake Fire Protection District. (opposite sides of the intersection belong to either the Leyden Township FPD or the Northlake FPD). The Still Alarm was filled out and a Box Alarm, then a 2nd Alarm were requested within minutes, followed very shortly be the 3rd and 4th Alarms.
The roof collapsed early and sent flames several hundred feet into the air as companies setup elevated master streams from the Leyden quint, trucks from Northlake and Franklin Park, and then the Schiller Park tower ladder.
There were 16 engines, 8 trucks, 1 squad, and 5 ambulances at the scene.
Dan Shevlin submitted the following from a 4-Alarm fire in Stone Park, IL on May 28, 2013
May/2013 Stone Park, Illinois . Stone Park is a western suburb of Chicago . In the mid morning hours Stone Park reported a fire in 50 x 100 supermarket . The fire quickly spread throughout the market and into apartments situated on the south side of the building . 4 alarms & firefighters from all over the western suburbs extinguished the fire.