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Here are some images taken early on during the Chicago Fire Department’s 2-11 Alarm this morning (6/9/19) at 62nd and Harlem. The fire quickly overtook several units and with companies being met by bad hydrants, the alarm was elevated to a still and box. What you can’t see from these pictures is that for each exterior unit, there was another unit that was only accessible from an interior hallway. With the fire progressing over the top of those exterior units and the roof being declared unstable, companies were forced into a defensive position. Squad 5A was positioned in the interior lot and aerial operations commenced with Tower Ladder 54 being set up on Harlem. Tower Ladder 39 was also set up but I’m not sure if they ever flowed water. The incident also led to some interesting situations like Engine 8 pumping at the corner of 61st and Harlem and a Summit engine supplying water to the Chicago incident.

massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Firefighter cuts metal door at fire scene
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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Chicago FD Engine 8
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Summit FD Engine 954
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Chicago Transit Authority elevated train derailment
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Chicago Transit Authority elevated train derailment
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Chicago Transit Authority elevated train derailment
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Chicago Transit Authority elevated train derailment
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Chicago Transit Authority elevated train derailment
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The city had been buffeted by sustained high winds for a full day at the time of this job, and still high wind gusts throughout the event as well as miserably cold conditions. Two buildings were involved with some minor communication to a 3rd larger building. I believe the original fire building may have been a pizza joint. Rumor had it that high winds caused arcing power lines which ignited the siding, though I’m not sure how accurate this is. The streets in this area were raised so from street level they appear to be single-story buildings but in the rear they are two stories, a unique situation in this area. All the photos and video can be seen here:
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Chicago FD Truck 17 working at a fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Firefighters operate hose line at smokey fire scene
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Sunday (2/25) was an intensely windy day in the Chicago area which made for difficult firefighting conditions. The second 2-11 alarm for Chicago on this day was at 88th Street and Commercial Avenue and started in a pizza parlor that had occupied that address since the 1950’s. The fire was reported to have started in the rear of the structure and heavy winds blowing across from the west quickly escalated the incident. Eric Haak

massive smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Engine 72 flows deck gun
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commercial building fire with smoke and flames
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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dual Chicago FD tower ladder buckets with master streams
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Chicago’s Battalion 19 and companies had a very busy day on the 9th of February. This was their third fire of the day @ 207 E 71st Street. Fire throughout a 75×75 storefront. Four 2.5” landlines were dropped and Squad 5 was put to work. Shortly thereafter, BC19 pulled a box and put Tower 34 to work in the front of the building. I got in there about 30 min into the fire. 

Chicago Firefighters battle a nighttime fire in a storefront
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 34 at work
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Chicago FD Squad 5A at work
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Chicago Firefighters battle a nighttime fire in a storefront
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Chicago Firefighters battle a nighttime fire in a storefront
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Chicago FD Engine 54
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 34 at work
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Chicago Firefighters battle a nighttime fire in a storefront
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Chicago FD Squad 5A at work
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This from Eric Haak:

At a little after 0300 Sunday morning (12/23), Engine 101 landed with a fire in a 1-story, 65×100 truss roof trucking company at 74th and Bell Avenue. Battalion 20 boxed the fire less than a minute later and it would eventually be raised to a 2-11 Alarm. The building was a total loss. Engines 101, 15, 123, and 54 were all pumping at this incident and Tower Ladders 39 and 54 along with Squad 5’s Snorkel were in use as well.

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39

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Chicago FD Engine 101

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massive flames engulf warehouse at night

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E-ONE tower ladder at work at night

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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massive flames engulf warehouse at night

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Chicago FD Engine 15

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Chicago FD Engine 54

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This is from a 2-11 pallet yard and commercial building fire on the south side of the Chicago on May 7th, 2018 at 550 W. Root.

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