Chicago firefighters were sent to 126 E 47th Street at about 10:30PM (11/17/15). Shortly after rival, Battalion 5 requested a Box Alarm for fire in the one-story commercial structure. Companies were pulled out of the building in short order and they went defensive and the fire was upgraded to a 2-11 Alarm shortly thereafter. The fire communicated to the two-story exposure to the east. The original building collapsed and the exposure was gutted.
There were three tower ladders operating master streams along with 6-6-1 the reserve Snorkel plus multi-versals and the deck gun from Engine 19. Conditions during the fire included strong winds and sporadic rain that was very heavy at times.
This job occurred in the wee hours of Monday in the 2900 block of Irving Park Rd in Chicago. A large commercial building, that had a large bowstring truss in the rear as well as a flat roof in the front. I arrived just as the fire was breaking through the roof. This was a very tough fire to shoot as the weather was light rain, heavy smoke hanging low, and a friggin’ center median planter with lots of trees. Also the Snorkel and one of the towers were in spares.
Two towers and a Snorkel were set up early, and there were some communication issues as well. There are a couple of shots of a company using a big line at the mouth of the alley to protect a large frame dwelling. Note the shots of truck 13 depict their new Crimson (ERV or whatever they call it now) aerial. This fire was in for a few hours and companies were there til around lunch time. Here is a sampling of the images.
Several photographers contributed photos from the scene of a commercial fire in Evanston, IL that destroyed a restaurant and adjacent stores during the early morning hours of December 29, 2013. Upon arrival of the first Evanston units, the alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm and then to a 2nd Alarm.
Two tractor-drawn aerials and one tower ladder operated elevated master streams in addition to several multi-versals. There was a major structural collapse of one side of the corner building during the defensive attack. One firefighter suffered from an ankle injury during the incident.
(from Steve Redick) Took in this job in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The fire was in the downtown area at Davis and Oak. I arrived just as they were getting water to the Skokie tower ladder. The fire involved two restaurants and a nail salon and threatened some additional similar occupancies. This fire was very noteworthy because it is the only time I can recall two tillered trucks operating at a single fire. Around here tillers are a very rare beast. There was a catastrophic collapse, most likely due to the failure of the truss roof structure, but it was well anticipated and all members were well clear.