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Saturday afternoon, Oak Park (IL) companies fought a tough fire @ 530 s Scoville in a two-story apartment building. Numerous hose lines were dropped and two master streams were used to knock down this fire. About two hours into this fire, there was another fire about three blocks away. The first-in companies (Riverside engine, Brookfield engine, and Oak Brook ladder) arrived to find a three-story frame house, with the back end totally involved. The area was taxed of all their resources which then brought a Task Force of Interdivisional companies to cover the towns while fighting these fires. 

heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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HME Silver Fox fire engine with lines off
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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Firefighters vent building roof from aerial ladder with heavy smoke
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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We took in the extra alarm fire last week on the westside of Chicago. It was a food manufacturing warehouse and the first-in companies encountered heavy fire on their arrival. A lot of in-line pumping operations took place at this job which required many resources, which at the peak of the fire, made it to a 5-11 and 4 Specials. Twenty two engines, ten trucks including four tower ladders, Squad 2, plus a plethora of special equipment responded to this. We got to this about an hour into the fire. 

Chicago FD Squad 2A
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Chicago FD Engine 91
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23
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Chicago FD Engine 35
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21
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Firefighters with multiple lines battle massive warehouse fire
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Chicago firefighters were called to 2501 N. Keeler Avenue Monday afternoon (4/2/19) for a fire in a commercial food plant. When companies arrived, the fire was already in an advanced stage and burning in the center section of a long building with a sawtooth roofline. The alarm was eventually upgraded to a 5-11 and kept companies busy until late into the night. Some units were at the scene overnight and into t he next day.

massive flames and smoke from industrial building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Engine 76 pumping at a huge fire
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Chicago FD Engine 44
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Chicago FD Engine 35
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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55
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heavy fire blows out of brick building
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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer Commander ACP-55
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21 E-ONE Cyclone II HP95
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aftermath of huge industrial fire
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water floods the street around fire engine at massive fire scene
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Took this in on Friday (3/15/19). A clubhouse/restaurant at the Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry, IL. Unusual to see a building this large used as a burn down. The video and all the images can be seen here:

the vacant Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry, IL burned down by the fire department after using it for training
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the vacant Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry, IL burned down by the fire department after using it for training
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the vacant Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry, IL burned down by the fire department after using it for training
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the vacant Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry, IL burned down by the fire department after using it for training
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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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Took this in around 2230 Tuesday night at 2258 S. Blue Island Avenue in Chicago. It sounded promising. A metal clad warehouse butted up against another building. Interesting that the size-up was no exposure problem yet it seemed obvious that there was a high potential, in fact they reported  some fire in the adjoining building on fireground. TL 5 with the new rig as well as 28 with a new pumper and I guess what must be a spare command van. More photos at Chicagoareafire.com

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fire scene in Chicago
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 5
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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 5
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Chicago FD Engine 28
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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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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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dual Chicago FD tower ladder buckets with master streams
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