Chicago FD Canteen 4-0-0 reported to the EFAO yesterday morning (8/10/17) around 4AM of (2), 2-sty frames going at 840 w 53rd Place. Canteen 4-0-2 was a block away at a SWAT call with CPD. Engine 49 arrived and went defensive on a 1.5-sty frame totally involved extending to a 2.5-sty frame to the west. Engine 50, in their new rig, was 2nd up and had numerous lines off. Companies had water problems and the box engines ended up dropping and feeding the attack engines from blocks away. Tower 39 really worked hard, taking the boards off most of the 2nd floor windows, making holes in the roof, and on the front of the building. Squad 5 was in the alley being fed by Engine 116. Towers 39 and 37 were both in spare tower ladders. I arrived after the 2-11, it was very over grown around both of the buildings.
Chicago had a still and box @ 5311 and 5313 s Laflin (6/10/16). Two, 2.5-sty frame homes with heavy fire in the rear. Engines 123, 116, and 49 all had multiple lines lead out and Tower 39 had their main to the roof. I arrived after most of the fire was knocked.
Had a great opportunity to shoot the reserve Chicago Tower Ladder 39 at a still and box alarm this morning (5/7/16) at 59th and Carpenter. The fire was in a red x building and appeared to have started in back porches, which were fully involved when I arrived. Companies were defensive from the start. Eric Haak