Around 8:30 AM on Wednesday, February 3, Monroe County (PA) 9-1-1 dispatched units to the Blakeslee Inn & Restaurant on Route 940 in Tobyhanna Township for a commercial fire alarm. Soon after, reports of a structure fire began to come in.
Crews arrived to find a working fire in a large motel with restaurants inside. Extra assistance was immediately requested. Firefighters throughout Monroe County were brought in as well as crews from Carbon, Luzerne, and Lackawanna Counties.
Tobyhanna Township Ladder 2 was on the scene in the front of the building using an elevated master stream while Lake Harmony Ladder 17 was set up in the rear. Tobyhanna Township Rescue 3 was the primary engine on the “C” side of the building pulling a draft from two portable ponds. Albrightsville Rescue 1651 was the primary engine supplying Ladder 2 while a White Haven engine was also drafting out of ponds in the front of the building and supplied an elevated master stream by Freeland Ladder 136 who was on the “A” side.
At the height of the fire, crews were hampered by strong winds and torrential downpours. A tanker task force was requested out of Luzerne County, and before 1:00 PM, the fire was brought under control. The equivalent of 6 or 7 alarms were called including 25 tankers.
The Cicero Fire Department (IL) responded to a very well-involved building fire on Ogden Avenue during afternoon rush hour traffic on Wednesday, June 17th. As companies went enroute they reported a large black header in the sky. The fire was in a two-story, ordinary, auto body shop, 100×75. Companies encountered heavy fire on arrival and used three master streams and multiple handlines to knock down most of the fire. Companies on scene were: Cicero E1, E2, E3, T1, T2, F-7, F-10, F-12, and Berwyn T904.
Lincolnshire-Riverwoods (IL) firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire last night at 20538 N. Clarice Avenue in unincorporated Lake County. While responding, the alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. The temperature was at 12 degrees and a steady, wind driven snow was falling as the first units arrived to find fire throughout the two-story house with two residents waiting outside.
The husband was transported to an area hospital by Lincolnshire personnel, reportedly with smoke inhalation and burns. The closest hydrant was frozen, and the alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm as companies laid lines to another hydrant and setup Lincolnshire Truck 53 for master stream operations.
Both Lincolnshire engines were pumping as well as Truck 53. Mutual and auto-aid companies at the scene included Long Grove, Countryside, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Palatine, Northfield, and Grayslake.
Images here are from Sally Miller, a neighbor, and Larry Shapiro who arrived after the roof collapsed. There is a short video at the bottom of this post.
Detroit Box Alarm Gratiot and Barlow September 3, 2013
Gordon J. Nord, Jr.