Des Plaines (IL) firefighters responded to a fire at Maine Scrap Metals at 1274 Rand Road just after 11PM on Wednesday (1/10/18). They arrived and had fire inside the building and upgraded the alarm to a working fire. Within minutes they were defensive with flames through the roof and a compromised exterior wall. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm as master streams were put into operation. Eventually four elevated streams were deployed from Des Plaines Tower 61, Des Plaines Tower 63, Niles Truck 2, and Chicago Squad 7A.
After the bulk of the fire was out and access to the smoldering fire was difficult due to the roof collapse, a front end loader was brought in to knock down the remains of the D-Sector wall which bordered a limousine company.
Chicago firefighters responded for reports of smoke just before 4AM to Harry’s Lumber at 6220 N. Northwest Highway, the site of a previous 5-11 Alarm fire in 1990. Companies found a fire in the warehouse building and upgraded to a Still & Box Alarm and then a 2-11 Alarm fire. Hand lines were used and the MVU 9-2-3 was put to work though lines were never charged to either tower ladder. The Alarm was struck out shortly before 5:30AM.
At roughly 6:50AM companies still on the scene asked for a Full Still and RIT response back to the scene. Within minutes it was upgraded to a Still & Box Alarm and then a 2-11 Alarm with instructions for elevated master streams.
Chicago companies reported a working fire at 2917 W. Irving Park Road just before 3AM on Monday, 3-10-14. The building description was a 100×150, one-story ordinary with a truss roof in the rear. The alarm was upgraded immediately to a Box Alarm and then a 2-11 was requested 20 minutes later.
Steve Redick and Dan Shevlin took in a 2-11 Alarm fire sunday night at 5601 W Irving Park in Chicago, having to contend with blowing snow and blistery cold conditions.
This was January 26, 5601 Irving park Rd. We were headed for extreme sub zero cold and high winds, the temps were single digits and falling, and the wind was kicking up as the fire progressed. The fire apparently originated in the first floor Mexican restaurant, and spread rapidly through the building and into the cockloft. As I was on the way I heard the roof guys report fire and smoke from the vent holes and that was pretty early in the job.
Photography was challenging as when I arrived there were some pretty good snow conditions, so most of the images had to be available light. The sodium vapor streetlamps were plenty bright but color correcting all the images was quite the chore. Overall I was happy with many of the images, and I always like gritty bad weather type operations.
Several photographers contributed photos from the scene of a commercial fire in Evanston, IL that destroyed a restaurant and adjacent stores during the early morning hours of December 29, 2013. Upon arrival of the first Evanston units, the alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm and then to a 2nd Alarm.
Two tractor-drawn aerials and one tower ladder operated elevated master streams in addition to several multi-versals. There was a major structural collapse of one side of the corner building during the defensive attack. One firefighter suffered from an ankle injury during the incident.
(from Steve Redick) Took in this job in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The fire was in the downtown area at Davis and Oak. I arrived just as they were getting water to the Skokie tower ladder. The fire involved two restaurants and a nail salon and threatened some additional similar occupancies. This fire was very noteworthy because it is the only time I can recall two tillered trucks operating at a single fire. Around here tillers are a very rare beast. There was a catastrophic collapse, most likely due to the failure of the truss roof structure, but it was well anticipated and all members were well clear.