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Rochester (NY) firefighters had fire in a commercial laundry at 548 St Paul in the late afternoon of 7/19/17. The fire went to 3-alarms due to the smoke conditions and the difficulty of locating the seat of the fire in the large, maze-like building.

Rochester NY fire trucks at a fire scene

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Rochester FD Engine 5

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Rochester FD Engine 17

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E-ONE ladder truck at fire scene

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Rochester NY FD the Pprotectives

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I was in the neighborhood when Chciago’s 7th Battalion pulled up on a working fire in a three-story, brick apartment building at 3111 W. Diversey Avenue.   They had rear porches going with extension to a two-story house on Troy behind the fire building. He asked for a Box Alarm and companies made quick work of knocking down the fire. I arrived before the Box Alarm companies to find crews washing down hotspots.

Chicago FD Engine 91

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Firefighters battle fire on rear porches in Chicago

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Firefighters vent a roof in Chicago

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Chicago FD Squad 2 Rosenbauer Commander

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Chicago FD Truck 13

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Chicago fire scene

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Long Grove (IL) firefighters were sent to 4745 Wellington Drive Monday morning before 5:30 for a reported house fire. Based on phone calls received, dispatchers at RED Center upgraded the Code 3 response to a Code 4 for the working fire while units were en route. Long Grove Squad 55 arrived and reported visible fire and initiation of a transitional attack. The fire at the roof’s peak above a two-story front foyer was knocked down quickly. Companies remained on the scene doing extensive overhaul and salvage work.

Water supply was secured through the use of tankers that were nursing Long Grove Squad 55. A partial list of units at the scene included Long Grove Squad, Tanker, and Ambulance 55, 5500, 5501, 5502; Buffalo Grove Quint 27 and Battalion 4; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Truck and Battalion 51; Arlington Heights Engine and Ambulance 4; Wheeling Engine 23; Countryside Tanker 411; Prospect Heights Tanker and Ambulance 9; plus tankers from Palatine Rural,  Barrington Countryside, and Wauconda; Lake Zurich Engine 4 and 3203; Libertyville Quint 462; Barrington Ambulance 361; Deerfield-Bannockburn Squad 19; and Palatine Engine 81.

Firefighters with hose line at fire scene

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fire department tender nurses an engine

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Firefighter with extensive tattoos

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E-ONE Typhoon fire engine at work

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huge mansion suffers lightning strike

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Firefighters overhaul after house fire

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E-ONE Typhoon fire engine at work

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Buffalo Grove (IL) firefighters were called to 685 Le Parc Circle late Tuesday afternoon (6/20/17) after a homeowner was alerted on his phone of excessive heat. The Code 2 for the alarm investigation was elevated to a Code 3 for the reported fire after receiving an update from the homeowner who arrived home and found smoke in the unit.

Buffalo Grove (BG) Battalion 4 arrived to find light smoke around the eaves and upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. BG companies went to the roof and inside the unit while mutual aid crews investigated the adjoining units. Heavy smoke conditions inside initially hampered locating the seat of the attic fire and a fear of extension throughout the multiple unit building prompted further upgrading the alarm to a MABAS Box Alarm.

Companies at the scene were: Buffalo Grove Battalion 4, Engine 26, Quints 25 and 27, Squad 25, Ambulances 25 and 26, plus three additional chief officers. Mutual aid companies were: Arlington Heights Engine 4, Ambulance 4, and 400; Long Grove Squad 55 and 5500; Palatine Engine 82; Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Squad 51; Wheeling Engine 42 and 2400; ambulances from Barrington Countryside, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, and Lake Villa; a Libertyville squad, a Countryside engine, trucks from Mundelein and Grayslake (in a spare truck X-Mundelein), the Mess Canteen Unit M5, plus Buffalo Grove EMA.

One firefighter was transported to an area hospital for observation after being evaluated in rehab and two dogs reportedly perished.

heavy smoke from townhouse fire

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Firefighters prepare to enter building on fire

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Firefighter makes entry with hose

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Firefighters on the tip[ of an aerial ladder

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E-ONE fire engine at fire scene

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heavy smoke from townhouse fire engulfs fire truck

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heavy smoke from townhouse fire

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3-11 at 3323 W. Augusta in Chicago 6/16/17

firefighters use ground nozzle at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 2A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 2A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 2A at work

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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer America Commander ACP-55

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Chicago FD Squad 2A Rosenbauer America Commander ACP-55

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vacant building in Chicago that burned

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Chicago FD Chaplain Father Thomas Mulcrone

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Prospect Heights (IL) firefighters were called to 409 Etowah Avenue Thursday night (6/1/17) at 9PM for a house fire. First arriving units had fire showing from the B-Side of the house and made a quick hit from the exterior. The area is without hydrants and the first-due tanker was out of service. As Prospect Heights Engine 39 laid out 1,500′ of 5″ hose to a nearby school, Long Grove Tanker 55 supplied water to Prospect Heights Engine 9 in front of the house. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire bringing companies from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Wheeling, Elk Grove Township, Northbrook, and the Palatine Rural FPD.

flames from window of house on fire

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flames from window of house on fire

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FF with hose line at house fire

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Spartan Gladiator Classic Alexis fire engine

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Long Grove FD Tanker 55

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Prospect Heights FPD Battalion 9

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aftermath of house fire

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Prospect Heights FD Engine 9

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Firefighters prepare PPE before entering house on fire

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Firefighters after battling a house fire

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The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD (LRFPD) in Illinois was called to 24341 Elm Road early Friday morning (6/2/17) for the report of an ATV on fire. A followup call apparently notified dispatchers that the fire had spread to the attached garage. Lake Forest Engine 422 arrived first and advised that they had a fully-involved garage fire. LRFPD Engine 52, Squad 51, and Battalion 51 arrived right behind the first engine and all three suppression units exhausted their tank water on the initial attack. Countryside Engine 411 arrived with the Lincolnshire units and supplied their tank water inline as well. The home is located in an unincorporated area of Lake Forest without hydrants.

On arrival, Battalion 51 upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 for the working fire and simultaneously a MABAS Box Alarm was struck which would bring several water tankers in addition to supplemental fire suppression companies. Portable tanks were dropped from two tankers. While Long Grove drafted from the portable tanks supplying the engines at the scene, tankers from Countryside, Wauconda, Grayslake, and the Palatine Rural FPD shuttled water to the scene from a hydrant roughly a mile away.

The fire was largely contained to the garage with some extension into the house and attic.

fire through the roof of a house

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fire through the roof of a house

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fire through the roof of a house

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aftermath of house fire

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Firefighters vent roof during a fire

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charred remains of an ATV

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tankers shuttle water to fire scene

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Pierce fire engine with lines off

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FD tanker drafting from portable tanks

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long hose lay at fire scene

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