Images from a Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago’s 7th Battalion during September of 1989. As I arrived, I was afraid that I’d missed everything as the fire appeared to be out on the first floor. I was in the right place though when they vented the roof and void spaces that were charged.
Chicago firefighters on the roof of a house in the 7th Battalion in September of 1989. Larry Shapiro photo
The 7th Battalion directs a firefighter as heavy smoke escapes the second floor. Larry Shapiro photo
Smoke pushes into the gangway between the houses as a firefighter vents the roof. Larry Shapiro photo
Fire vents through the roof. Larry Shapiro photo
A fireman pulls the soffit as two others prepare to hit the fire from a ladder. Larry Shapiro photo
Firemen direct a stream into the second floor window. Larry Shapiro photo
A handline goes to work from the front yard. Larry Shapiro photo
After the heavy fire was knocked down, there was still fire in the void space behind the roofing material. Larry Shapiro photo
As with most big cities, there are some companies that are busier and some that are slower than others. Of course this is the same situation here in Chicago and back in March, 2007, I was able to catch two of the harder companies to photograph working at the same fire. This was also one of those rare times that I caught a fire without hearing the call dispatched.
I happened to be coming down Pulaski when Engine 64 pulled out of their quarters a few blocks north of 79th street. I followed them as they turned east on 79th and arrived right behind them on the 7800 block of South Trumbull. Engine 15 had arrived just ahead of 64 and a column of smoke was wafting from a dormer window on the roof of a 1.5-story occupied frame home.
This is another one of those cases where there would have been nothing to see if I had not been right in the neighborhood. As a result of getting there so quick, I was able to catch some interesting shots in the few short minutes before they had this knocked out. I have caught both of these engine companies working since but have not caught them working at the same fire. An hour after leaving this incident I caught Engine 93 leading out on a fire at 106th and Sangamon.