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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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The McCook Fire Department (IL) had a fire come in about 4:00 am Saturday (1/26) morning. The building was a 100×100 semi repair shop. The area has very limited access as well as available hydrants. Temperatures were about -2 degrees making conditions even more difficult.

Bedford Park FD Truck 705 - Snorkel at night fire scene
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truck repair shop gutted by fire at night
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Firefighters battle frigid temperatures and huge fire at truck repair shop
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aerial ladder fire truck battles huge fire at night
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Chicago Fatal 2-11 Apartment Fire: At about ten minutes to 9:00 this morning, Chicago’s Main Fire Alarm Office gave a working fire response followed by a Still & Box Alarm to Hutchinson and Cicero. The fire was in a third floor apartment that was part of a 3-story, U-shaped courtyard building. The fire extended into the cockloft and was elevated to a 2-11. Shortly afterward the fire was brought under control. Unfortunately, there was a fatality with this incident.

fire from roof of a courtyard building in Chicago

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Chicago FD Engine 69

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Chicago FD Engine 108

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 Chicago FD Battalion 9 Chief Frank Cambria

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Chicago FD Firefighter covered with insulation after overhauling a fire

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Here are some images from a working fire on the corner of 90th and Marshfield in Chicago this morning (1/2). A valiant effort was made to save the family dog with CPR being performed for 15 minutes but to no avail.

Firefighters battle a smokey house fire

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Chicago FD Truck 50 at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 121

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Firefighters performs CPR on a dog at a fire scene

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Firefighters vent roof with axe

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At 0445 Sunday morning (12/23), Chicago FD Engine 75 landed at 117th and LaSalle Street and reported they had a fire in a 2.5-story frame. A few minutes later, Battalion 22 asked for a box and stated he had fire in two buildings. There was a fair amount of fire in the attic of the frame structure as companies forced entry but they eventually were able to access the attic and knock it down before the fire could gain any headway.

heavy smoke from house on fire at night

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house on fire at night

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Chicago FD Engine 62

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Firefighters on roof during a. house fire

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Firefighter overhaul attic after a house fire

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