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Here are some images taken early on during the Chicago Fire Department’s 2-11 Alarm this morning (6/9/19) at 62nd and Harlem. The fire quickly overtook several units and with companies being met by bad hydrants, the alarm was elevated to a still and box. What you can’t see from these pictures is that for each exterior unit, there was another unit that was only accessible from an interior hallway. With the fire progressing over the top of those exterior units and the roof being declared unstable, companies were forced into a defensive position. Squad 5A was positioned in the interior lot and aerial operations commenced with Tower Ladder 54 being set up on Harlem. Tower Ladder 39 was also set up but I’m not sure if they ever flowed water. The incident also led to some interesting situations like Engine 8 pumping at the corner of 61st and Harlem and a Summit engine supplying water to the Chicago incident.

massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Firefighter cuts metal door at fire scene
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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Chicago FD Engine 8
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Summit FD Engine 954
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Firefighters in Oak Park, IL battled fire that spread through the cockloft of a two-story apartment building at 530-534 S Scoville Avenue 4/13/19.

Oak park FD Engine 602 HME 1871 Silver Fox
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massive smoke and flames from apartment building fire
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Firefighters vent roof from aerial ladder tip with heavy smoke
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Firefighters ventilate clay tile covered roof
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Oak Park FD E-ONE tower ladder at work
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Hillside FD Engine 404
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Cicero FD Truck 2 E-ONE Cyclone II Super tiller
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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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Here are just a few images from a Still and Box Alarm at 7041 South Green Street in Chicago 3/30/19. These were taken about 10-15 minutes after the box was requested. I didn’t have much time to work since CPD cleared everyone from the front of the building shortly after I arrived so this was the best I could come up. – Eric Haak

Chicago FD Engine 54 at fire scene
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smoke from house fire
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Firefighters overhaul fire with lots of smoke
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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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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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Here are a few images from the 2-11 at 25th and Sacramento this afternoon in Chicago (1/30/19). Companies made an aggressive interior attack and went defensive as I was walking up. The first image was taken only a couple minutes after the companies evacuated the building and it appeared conditions deteriorated rapidly.

massive flames and smoke from house on fire
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Firefighters with hose line at winter fire
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Chicago FD Squad 1A and Tower Ladder 5 working master streams
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Firefighter covered with ice after battling a fire
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