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Cambridge (ON) firefighters that had been at the Linden fire were busy cleaning their trucks and looking forward to dinner plus some much needed rest. Dispatch toned out P 31, 35, Tanker 31, and spare P 38 for a trailer in an attached garage and two houses on fire at 74 Rouse Ave at 17:30. Tanker 31 arrived on scene and confirmed they had a trailer in a garage, and two houses fully involved. All firefighting was defensive from the start.

A 34 cleared the Lindon call and responded to Rouse Ave. There was heavy fire in the rear of both structures with fire through the roof. A 34 setup their aerial, and firefighters pulled numerous lines around the building. It took more than an hour to knock the fire down. Two firefighters were transported to a hospital with heat exhaustion. Damage has been set at $1.5 million.

Photos taken by Box 690 member Dave Westwood who responded to the call from the Linden fire. Photos and video start approximately 20 minutes into the fire. Box 690 served over 200 drinks at this fire, making it a very busy day for the eight members that assisted at both fires.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

aftermath of house fire
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aftermath of house fire
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aftermath of house fire
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Cambridge ON fire truck
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Cambridge ON fire truck
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more photos from the  3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago with Haz Mat Level 1 and EMS Plan 1, May 19, 2020

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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago
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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene
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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene
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Chicago fire trucks at fire scene
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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago
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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago
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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago
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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago
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Photos by Eric Haak of the 3-Alarm fire in Bellwood, IL – December 8, 2019

3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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3-Alarm fire in Bellwood IL - December 8 2019
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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. 

heavy smoke from roof of apartment building
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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:
Steve Redick

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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