Chicago firemen battle house fire in frigid temperatures

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The Chicago Fire Department continued a busy two days of firefighting in sub-zero temperatures with this Still & Box Alarm at 2949 North Luna Avenue in the 7th Battalion. A working fire was confirmed just before 1:30pm on Thursday (1/31) and the alarm was elevated very shortly afterward. Companies were interior for over a half hour before going defensive and remained on the scene for nearly 4 hours.

Chicago bungalow destroyed in winter fire
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Chicago bungalow destroyed in winter fire
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Firefighters with hose line at winter fire
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Firefighters with hose line at winter fire
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Firefighters carry roof ladder coated with ice at fire scene
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Firefighters with hose line at winter fire
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Chicago FD Engine 68 at a fire scene
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23 at a fire scene
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More photos from the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, IL – January 8, 2017 

fire scene in frigid cold

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firefighter with ice encrusted helmet

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aftermath of house fire

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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firefighters uncouple frozen hose

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firefighter with ice encrusted helmet

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ice covers fence after fire

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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fire scene in frigid cold

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Here are some images from Sunday morning’s 2-11 on the West Side of Chicago. Engine 117 and the tower arrived and found heavy fire in the rear and in the attic of a 2.5 story balloon frame. Battalion 18 quickly requested a Still & Box and 2-2-4 requested a 2-11 a short time later. The fire got into the D-side exposure building but that structure was largely saved by the companies operating on scene. Tower 14 and Squad 2 worked elevated master streams, and several handlines were utilized as well.

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flames through roof of house on fire

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flames through roof of house on fire

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flames through roof of house on fire

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firefighters battle fire in frigid weather

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firefighters battle fire in frigid weather

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Chicago FD Engine 117

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I arrived 25 minutes into this job which started just before noon on Monday in Chicago at the intersection of Thomas and Pulaski.  The temperature at that time was -14 and the wind chills were varying around -35.  There was not much to see as far as firefighting but with much respect to all people working outdoors in these conditions, I thought I would share some images of companies picking up.

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Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

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Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Eric Haak photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Eric Haak photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Eric Haak photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Eric Haak photo

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Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

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Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo

Chicago firemen fight house fire in sub zero temperatures

Tim Olk photo