Firefighters in Chicago’s 5th Battalion rung in the New Year by battling this early morning basement blaze on the 6300 block of South Evans. Companies made an initial interior push before being given orders to evacuate the structure. At that time, the truck was moved from the front of the building and Squad 5’s Snorkel took a position in sector A. With the use of the Snorkel and several hand lines, the fire was brought under control and companies were eventually allowed back in to mop up. The large, frame residence had been vacant for several years. I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2017! Eric Haak
Companies were dispatched to the report of a house fire just before 1300 hrs Sunday afternoon on the 300 block of Division in Lemont, IL. They had heavy fire in sector C on arrival and the incident was upgraded to a full still. A large amount of clutter inside made getting to the seat of the fire difficult. Lines were stretched interior as well as a line that was used in sector C from the exterior in order to access the second floor.
Eventually, the fire consumed the attic space in the 2-story and 1-story portions of the home. Companies were ordered out of the building and into defensive mode. Lemont Engine 921’s deck gun, Tri-State’s tower ladder and Lemont Truck 949 were put to work and the remaining fire in the attic was brought under control shortly after. The home was occupied but the owner was out and returned home to find the residence a total loss.