01-17-2020: Chicago FD Truck Co. 48 reported a fire at 1539 S Hamlin Friday evening (1/17/20) during a bad snow storm. Building was a vacant, 3-sty ordinary, 30’x75′. Engine 109 was the first engine since Engine 38 was tied up on an EMS run. Battalion 14 arrived and boxed it right away. Companies went defensive due to forcible entry problems and fire being on all three floors already. Engines 38 & 99 were the box engines and both were feeding the master streams (TL5 & SS1). 2-2-4 pulled a 2-11 Alarm shortly after for manpower purposes. I don’t believe the 2-11 engines were used. Wind gusts up to 35mph and heavy snow for the duration of fire which made it very difficult to fight this job.
Sunday, (1/19/20) Chicago’s Battalion 18 and the group arrived to find fire in a 3-sty new construction apartment building, 40’x100′ at 4024 W. Wilcox. Fire was on the top floor and companies had a hard time reaching the seat of the fire. Engine Co. 95 lead out to the front and Engine Co. 38 lead out to the rear. With fire conditions worsening, 2-2-4 requested a Box. Shortly thereafter, crews got a good knock on the fire. In total, 3 lines were lead out and Truck 26 cut numerous holes in the roof. Chi-Town Fire Photos
We took in a fire in Harvey, Illinois Thursday morning (1/16/20). Fire was in a 2-sty ordinary apartment building at 168 E 155th and it appeared it was in the attic. Couple lines were lead out and Posen Truck cut some holes in the roof. It was very windy at the time of this fire, crews did a good job keeping it to a minimum. Chi-Town Fire Photos
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
I took in a fire at 6454 S. Wolcott Tuesday morning (12/24/19). Engine 101 arrived with a 2.5 sty frame with fire in the attic. Companies had forcible entry problems due to it being all boarded up. Companies knocked down the bulk of the fire from the outside and then went it to mop up. Both 101 and 116 were lead out and Truck 41 had their main to the roof.
Chicago had a working fire on the northwest side Sunday morning (12/1/19) @ 2230 N Narragansett. Engine Co. 125 had a fire in the walls and attic in a 1.5 sty frame house. Two lines were lead out during the fire. Truck 53 and Squad 2 cut numerous holes in the roof. Looked to be a real labor intensive fire. Engine 125 is still in a spare engine after their crash many months ago. I hear that they are going to get their regular assigned E-One back in the coming week or so.
Rundown: Engines 125 – 68, Trucks 53 – 58, Battalion 8, WRKF – RIT Battalion 7, RIT Truck 57, Squad 2, 2-7-2
Here are some shots from a fire on the southeast side Saturday morning. Fire was in a vacant 2.5 sty ordinary building with fire on all floors. WRKF @ 7940 s South Shore Drive 11-16-19