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.
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On July 4th, firefighters in Long Grove, IL and neighboring departments responded to a call for fire on the roof of a large house at 5421 Tall Oaks Drive in an unincorporated portion of the district. First arriving units found heavy fire along the peak of a three-story house and made a quick external attack before taking lines inside. After knocking down the bulk of the fire, they chased spot fires inside and along the peak as they had trouble accessing the affected area from the inside. The area was without hydrants. A 3,000-gallon tanker nursed the attack engine and a supply line was dropped over a the distance of a long block to the main road where two portable tanks were setup initiating a tanker shuttle to supply additional water.
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A local rural landmark was destroyed in an early morning fire Sunday 04-May. At 04:54, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was sent to 26409 Augusta Highway, Brandy’s Social Club, for a reported fire in a building. Engine 9 arrived to find the building had already been destroyed and was almost burned out. The approximately 40’ x 45’ block structure had been known for the last several decades as the Edisto Tackle Shop and had a colorful past. It was most recently operated as Brandy’s.
Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4” handlines to extinguish the fire. The block enclosure was all that remained of the building, with a little wood around the top of the blocks still burning. The roof and all materials inside the building had burned long before the fire was spotted.
A single-story home located 20 feet away suffered minor exterior damage. A man traveling to work noticed the fire and alerted 9-1-1. The owner responded to the scene and advised us that the establishment was closed a little after midnight. A patron came back to the scene after daybreak, noting he picked up his car around 03:00 and did not notice anything wrong. The doors were still padlocked when firefighters arrived. Units were on the scene for a little over four hours. Water supply was handled with tenders. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
Engine 9, Engine 902, Tender 5, Tender 9, Tender 903, Tender 19, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Dan Barb served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy
Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
A yard debris fire spread to a home at 510 Bee Street west of Walterboro (SC) Thursday afternoon, 27-February. At 15:54, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was notified that the fire had burned under the residence and the home was full of smoke. Engine 24 arrived six minutes later to find heavy smoke coming from the singlewide mobile home and flames under the full length of the building extending up the walls in several places.
Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines with one crew working the front of the home and the other extinguishing flames at the rear. After five minutes, most of the exterior flames were extinguished, but the fire had burned into the walls along the back of the mobile home and in several places along the front. Firefighters removed the exterior metal siding and pulled up the floor in multiple rooms to reach the remaining flames.
A great deal of personal items were salvaged, but the home suffered heavy damage. The fire was caused by a few leaf piles that were burning in the yard. Light winds of 10 mph spread the fire through the yard until it burned underneath the mobile home. The fire then spread to the structure. All occupants safely exited the building. Water supply was conducted with tenders. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Engine 19, Engine 24, Engine 27, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 27, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue