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CLFRD arrived with smoke and fire through the roof of the banquet hall on Route 41 at Route 31 around 2am, fire was marked under control at 5:15am. 2nd alarm off box 5-341 was requested with CLFRD Tower 381, Algonquin LITH Truck 181, Wauconda Tower 341 and McHenry Tower 1281 all flowing their master streams in a defensive fire. 

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Chicago firefighters battled a 3-11 Alarm fire in a commercial building with a bow-string truss roof at 3040 W. Lawrence Avenue late morning and into the afternoon on Tuesday 3/22/22.

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Last night Battalion 19 got a run for a working fire @ 5845 s Carpenter. Engine 116 arrived to find a 2-sty RED-X gray-stone with heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor. 116 deck gunned it on arrival, and lead out two 2.5s along with Engines 84 and 50. Crews were defensive for a while and then made entry to mop up and hit hot spots. The full gallery is on our site

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Sunday night I made it to a fire in the 18th Battalion on Chicago’s westside at 1521 S Kilbourn. Engine 38 arrived to find a 2.5 sty ordinary vacant building completely boarded up with fire on all floors. Companies had forcible entry issues with steel bars behind the boarded up doors. Once the crews finally made entry, they encountered heavy fire and could not make a push. Battalion 18 ordered companies to go defensive and pulled a box. Both Engine 38 and Engine 113 (First companies) had frozen hydrants on Kilbourn. Engine 99 (3rd due) found a good hydrant a block to the East and fed Engine 38. Engine 95 came up the rear in the alley and deck gunned it. 95’s hydrant guy used 200′ of 4″ and broke down a fence and stretched to a midblock hydrant on Kenneth. Full gallery is on our site

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The Wheeling Fire Department (IL) received a call reporting fire in a house at 40 Versailles Court just before 8:30 PM Wednesday evening (1/26/22). The initial assignment was Glencoe Squad 30, Des Plaines Engine 61, Buffalo Grove Tower 25, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Battalion 51, Mount Prospect Battalion 3, Arlington Heights Ambulance 2, Wheeling Squad 24 and both Wheeling ambulances. The balance of  the Wheeling companies including chief officers were at a house fire in neighboring Prospect Heights just over a mile away. Prospect Heights units would also have been due on the initial alarm with Wheeling companies. Des Plaines and Glencoe responded from Wheeling stations where they were providing coverage.

As the fire in Prospect Heights was winding down, command at that incident released a Wheeling engine, Wheeling chief officers, and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51 to take in the Wheeling fire. Squad 24 was the first to arrive and initially reported nothing showing. After approaching the home on foot, they noted that the house was full of smoke and made the hydrant in the cul-de-sac. The alarm was upgraded to a Working Fire which added Mount Prospect Engine 14 and North Maine Engine 1 in addition to Wheeling Battalion 24 who cleared from the Prospect Heights incident.

Companies found a basement fire which was extinguished in short order, but he fire burned through a spot above on the first floor creating hazard to interior crews. The entire house was filled with smoke and had to be ventilated. 

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