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Saturday afternoon, Oak Park (IL) companies fought a tough fire @ 530 s Scoville in a two-story apartment building. Numerous hose lines were dropped and two master streams were used to knock down this fire. About two hours into this fire, there was another fire about three blocks away. The first-in companies (Riverside engine, Brookfield engine, and Oak Brook ladder) arrived to find a three-story frame house, with the back end totally involved. The area was taxed of all their resources which then brought a Task Force of Interdivisional companies to cover the towns while fighting these fires. 

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HME Silver Fox fire engine with lines off
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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Firefighters vent building roof from aerial ladder with heavy smoke
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E-ONE tower ladder at fire scene
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We took in the extra alarm fire last week on the westside of Chicago. It was a food manufacturing warehouse and the first-in companies encountered heavy fire on their arrival. A lot of in-line pumping operations took place at this job which required many resources, which at the peak of the fire, made it to a 5-11 and 4 Specials. Twenty two engines, ten trucks including four tower ladders, Squad 2, plus a plethora of special equipment responded to this. We got to this about an hour into the fire. 

Chicago FD Squad 2A
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Chicago FD Engine 91
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23
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Chicago FD Engine 35
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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 21
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Firefighters with multiple lines battle massive warehouse fire
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3/11/19 – On the way back home from a fire on Mansfield, Central office put a Box Alarm out for 17th Ave X Buchanan. We were only about a mile away from it on I-96. We arrived before any of the first-due companies and starting shooting pictures. Engine 39 arrived and stretched. The crew attempted to make a push in the front door but Chief 5 pulled them out almost immediately due to the amount of fire venting from the roof. They took a defensive posture and put Ladder 7 to work. The home was occupied and DEMS transported the homeowner to the ER. I believe DFD was back twice after we left for rekindles which we did not make it too, but the last one was going throughout and had collapsed. 

Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit FD Engine 39
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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heavy smoke from attic during house fire
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Detroit FD Ladder 7 at work
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Detroit FD Ladder 7
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The city had been buffeted by sustained high winds for a full day at the time of this job, and still high wind gusts throughout the event as well as miserably cold conditions. Two buildings were involved with some minor communication to a 3rd larger building. I believe the original fire building may have been a pizza joint. Rumor had it that high winds caused arcing power lines which ignited the siding, though I’m not sure how accurate this is. The streets in this area were raised so from street level they appear to be single-story buildings but in the rear they are two stories, a unique situation in this area. All the photos and video can be seen here:
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Chicago FD Truck 17 working at a fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Firefighters operate hose line at smokey fire scene
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Yonkers General alarm fire 1 Garrett Place 


03/12/19 – A plumber soldering pipes in a sixth floor bathroom touched off a fire which burned unnoticed for an undetermined amount of time. The fire is believed to have spread via a pipe chase and into the cockloft before being noticed and reported. It then spread rapidly throughout the cockloft of this block-long, occupied, multiple dwelling. Firefighters were outmatched as the fire had a head start on them. They were soon called off the roof and out of the building as conditions rapidly deteriorated. Multiple alarms were rapidly transmitted to bring all of Yonker’s firefighting force to the scene. Additional companies were brought in from surrounding towns throughout lower Westchester County to help fight the blaze. The fire burned across the entire complex before dropping down into apartments throughout the building. Multiple ladders, master streams, and hand lines from surrounding rooftops were deployed. The fire burned for close to twelve hours before being declared under control at five a.m the next morning. Hundreds of civilians were displaced and several firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Firefighters battle a massive apartment building fire in Yonkers NY 3-12-19
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Firefighters battle a massive apartment building fire in Yonkers NY 3-12-19
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Firefighters battle a massive apartment building fire in Yonkers NY 3-12-19
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Firefighters battle a massive apartment building fire in Yonkers NY 3-12-19
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Chicago had two 2-11 Alarm fires during the morning of Saturday, 12/22/18. These photos were taken at 7051 N. Clark Street.

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