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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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Wheeling (IL) firefighters were dispatched for a working fire Saturday evening at 728 River Walk Drive. A neighbor called to report fire on the outside deck of a unit across the communal driveway that appeared to originate from a propane grill and was extending from the second floor deck to the third floor.

A Wheeling police officer evacuated the resident and firefighters made a quick initial hit with an exterior line that knocked down the bulk of the fire within minutes. Companies entered the unit to extinguish fire that had spread to the interior and stopped the fire from entering and taking hold of the attic space. Units from Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, and Arlington Heights assisted the Wheeling companies at the scene.

Photos and videos are from Wes Jurczak, his wife, and Larry Shapiro.

flames from grill engulf side of house

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flames from grill engulf side of house

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flames from grill engulf side of house flames from grill engulf side of house flames from grill engulf side of house

Firefighter battles exterior fire on house

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Rosenbauer Cobra tower ladder at fire scene

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Wheeling FD Engine 23 at work

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Firefighter in Rosenbauer Cobra tower ladder bucket overhauls fire scene

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Early morning basement fire in a large occupied apartment building in Oak Park, IL. Fire spread up to all floors and required a lot of tough inside work. Not a lot to see from my vantage point. Also there was a very brief mayday that was quickly secured. Conditions were temps in the teens. Steve Redick

aftermath of apartment building fire

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aftermath of apartment building fire

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Oak Park FD tower ladder

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aftermath of apartment building fire

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Oak Park FD Tower Ladder 631

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Pak Park FD Engien 602

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HME Ahrens Fox fire engine at work

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aftermath of apartment building fire

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Firefighters enter building after fire

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Firefighter after battling a fire

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aftermath of apartment building fire

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back stairs after fire

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Oak Park FD Engine 603

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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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Two people died and two others were injured during a 2-Alarm fire in the Dupont Circle section of Washington, DC during the early morning hours of June 3 at 1610 Riggs Place, NW.

This video is from Vito Maggiolo

DCFD rescue squads

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DCFD fire engine at fire scene

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tractor-drawn aerial at fire

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firemen after battling a fire

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scene of fatal Dupont Circle fire

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scene of fatal Dupont Circle fire

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multiple ground ladders deployed at scene of fatal Dupont Circle fire

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DCFD Rescue 1

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fireman with dirty face after fighting a fire

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DCFD Rescue 1 firefighters after battling a fire

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Friendship Fire Association rehab unit in Washington DC

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