Chicago firefighters at a working Still Alarm & Level 1 Hazmat at 110th Place and Loomis around 11:30 Thursday morning (3/22/18). Some type of explosion occurred, partial collapse on C & D sides. Companies were defensive until Peoples Gas could secure the area. Sq-5 snorkel and several hand lines were in use. Neighbors report the building was vacant.
Took in a job in Chicago’s fire prone 11th battalion at 8230 W. Berwyn Avenue 2/10/18. Pretty cut and dried but it appeared they hit two frozen hydrants (not sure … judging by my obervations alone). This job was 1/2 block from a good working fire on the same street about two weeks ago. Heavy snow made travel and parking on the side streets difficult and hydrants were pretty much buried in snow as well. I was able to shoot a little use of the stripping ladder … not something you can usually see from the street.
All the images and a quick video can be seen here:
Chicago Engine 49 and Truck 33 arrived to find heavy fire from the roof of a 2 sty frame @ 4431 S Wood. Tower 39, the second truck, arrived and requested a Box due to the amount of smoke and fire showing. Companies lead out 4 lines and Engine 49 utilized their deck gun to knock the fire. Chi-Town Fire Photos
Chicago firefighters responded to a church at 1540 N Spaulding today (2/20/18) for a fire in the steeple. Master streams from two tower ladders and a squad operated in a defensive posture. The fire did not communicate into the main church. A lightning strike is believed to have caused the fire.
Chicago firefighters battled fire in a commercial building at 4749 W. Lake Street just after midnight Monday (2/12/18). The fire was discovered by Truck 29 while returning to quarters from a Still & Box Alarm fire. Flames had already engulfed the entire building and the alarm was eventually elevated to a 2-11. The building collapsed shortly after companies went to work. Two multi-versals along with elevated master streams from Tower Ladder 5, Tower Ladder 14, Squad 2A and Truck 29 were deployed. One member from the 5-11 Club Support Service Unit was injured after loosing his balance on a patch of ice and was transported to a hospital.