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2nd part video from the 5-Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, IL – July 18, 2018

1st part video from the 5-Alarm fire in Prospect Heights, IL – July 18, 2018

The Barrington Countryside FPD (IL) responded to a house fire early this morning (5/3/18) at 83 Paganica Drive in Barrington Hills. A header was visible as units were en route and they found heavy fire from the second floor and mansard roof upon arrival. The resident had evacuated the house. The area is without hydrants.  The first engine and tanker pulled into the driveway with 4,000 gallons of water as the second engine dropped a line to the end of the street to initiate a drafting operation from three portable tanks. Fourteen tankers shuttled water for over two hours to supply several hand lines that were operating. The house sustained heavy damage and the fire’s origin is believed to be a lightning strike.

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rural water supply operation with tenders and portable tank at fire scene

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E-ONE Cyclone II e-MAX fire engine on scene

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heavy smoke fire house fire

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Firefighters battle huge house fire

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long hose lay of large diameter hose LDH

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Prospect Heights FPD Tanker 9 dumping water

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Bartlett FPD Tender 2 in long line of tenders

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fire department tenders nursing an engine

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E-ONE Cyclone II e-MAX fire engine on scene

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Highland Park (IL) firefighters were dispatched for a house fire on Churchill Lane after 1AM Wednesday (4/18/18). Police officers arriving first confirmed a fire at 2088 Churchill Lane. Fire companies arrived and reported a two-story house that was fully involved. The alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire which had been burning for some time. Within minutes the roof was in and a two-story portico over the driveway also collapsed.

Firefighters were unable to enter the main living area of the house to conduct a primary search due to the volume of fire and defensive operations were initiated. The whereabouts of the home’s occupants could not be established. Neighbors reported that the two residents were believed to be hoarders. Two bodies were eventually recovered from within the remnants of the house. The address was corrected to 2088 Kipling Lane.

house engulfed in flames

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Wheeling (IL) firefighters were called to 568 Fairway View Drive early Sunday evening (10/16/16) for an oven fire. It was reported that the resident was unable to shut off the oven. A Wheeling ambulance company was at a nearby unit when the call was dispatched and was on scene within minutes in an area that is otherwise at the end of Wheeling’s district.

The firefighters were unable to quell the fire with an extinguisher as it had spread to the cabinets. Residents were evacuating the three-story building that was filling with smoke.

Suppression companies arrived soon thereafter and hit the fire while others searched the upper floors and began clearing smoke.

fire trucks at night

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smoke from three-story apartment building

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firefighter crouches low for smoke

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firefighter assistes elderly resident with pet during fire

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Buffalo Grove FD Lieutenant Scot Olsen

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firefighter climbs ladder to balcony

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firefighters removed stove after fire

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