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Took in this working fire on the 6100 block of South Washtenaw in Chicago on Saturday.  I arrived less than 10 minutes in and the fire was already well under control.  I included a close up of the spare tower ladder that TL39 was running with.  Over the weekend, they were running out of spare tower ladders and both TL34 and TL54 were running as trucks at one point or another.  As you can see, the body wear on these old E-One’s is very evident but it seems like they are in service more than the front line rigs.  It should also be noted that Squad 5 was running with the old air mask rig as their box.  Shop # G-487.  Engines on this were 88 and 101 with Truck 41 and Tower Ladder 39.

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Chicago firemen venting the roof of a house

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Chicago firemen venting the roof of a house

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house fire scene in Chicago

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29 year old E-ONE tower ladder in service in Chicago

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Chicago Spartan fire engine #101

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fireman with dirty face

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Chicago had a 3-11 alarm fire on their Southeast side early Sunday morning.  The fire was reported shortly before 0430 hrs.  The original fire building at 8719 S. Commercial Ave was a 2.5-story vacant frame with an old TV repair shop on the first and apartments above.  This was apparently well-involved on arrival and was already communicating to a 1-story, ordinary laundrymat at 8723.

Companies made an interior attack at first but the condition of both buildings was compromised and companies were pulled out of both structures just before 0500 hrs.  8725 Commercial was a former restaurant that was a 1-story ordinary with a second story frame addition.  This frame addition became fully involved as fire vented through the roof of the Laundromat.  There was slight communication to 8727 which was part of the same building as the restaurant.

Seven engines were pumping at this incident.  Engine 46 was in a spare and used its deck gun on the attic space of the original fire building.  Engine 72 was on Commercial south of the fire buildings.  Engines 81 & 82 were at the intersection of 87th and Commercial.  Engine 104 was at the intersection of 87th and Exchange.  Engine 126 was  at the intersection of 87th & Houston.  Engine 122 was at the south entrance of the alley on 88th Street.

Various media outlets reported that a civilian jumped from a second-story window and was transported from the scene.  The 3-11 was struck out at 0610.

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night fire scene in Chicago

The scene as I arrived about 30 minutes in. Eric Haak photo

Chicago ladder truck at building fire

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Chicago ladder truck at building fire

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Chicago fire scene

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fireman on engine operating deck gun

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leaking fire hydrant during building fire

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fire engines at Chicago fire scene

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Chicago HME fire engine on a hydrant

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