The town of Saint Anne, Illinois had a 4th Alarm MABAS Box on Saturday afternoon (4/22). The call came in just before 3:30 pm with a report of flames seen from the closet. It was quickly obvious that this was a little more than that as the fire was boxed nearly on arrival and was escalated to a 2nd Alarm minutes later. Very low water pressure led to available resources being spread thin and thousands of feet of 5 inch being dropped across the neighborhood. Eventually a tanker operation was set up as well as a MABAS 27 Engine Task Force request.
Just before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday (7/27), the Village of Bedford Park had a fire at the Midway Windows and Doors warehouse. It looked as if there was an exterior fire that burned through the exterior metal clad wall and ignited interior stock and shelving. It also appeared that the exterior fire was being fueled possibly by some type of petroleum product. Foam was used to eventually extinguish the exterior fire which flared up several times. It is hard to see in the images, but the initial fire must have been very intense as it appeared that the fire was hot enough to cause the metal sheeting to fail which allowed fire to enter the structure. This is all speculation based on what I witnessed and should not be taken as information that was confirmed.
Park Ridge (IL) firefighters were called to 1205 Hoffman Avenue just after 7PM Wednesday evening (4/27/16) for a reported house fire. First arriving units reported heavy smoke from the attic of a single-family house and began an interior attack. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire about 10 minutes later as flames vented through the roof. The fire was contained shortly thereafter and mutual aid companies that had not yet arrived were returned.
There were no injuries. Companies at the scene included Park Ridge Engines 35 & 36, Ambulances 35 & 36, Rescue & Battalion 36 plus 3500. Mutual aid units were Niles Ambulance and Tower 2, North Maine Engine and Battalion 1, Glenview Engine 7, Lincolnwood Ambulance 15, and Rosemont Truck 158.
The fire was declared to be under control as I arrived.
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