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Wheeling (IL) firefighters responding for a report of smoke in an apartment found the outdoor electric box engulfed in flames on arrival. The call to 950 Lexington Court came in just after 3AM 1/3/18. As firefighters awaited the arrival of Com Ed, they stretched lines and evacuated the building. Approximately one hour on the scene,  the box was de-energized. Water and then foam was used to extinguish the remaining fire. Power was rerouted and restored to the building allowing residents then back into their apartments.

huge flames engulf electric control box

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huge flames engulf electric control box

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huge flames engulf electric control box

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huge flames engulf electric control box

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firefighters attempt to extinguish huge flames that engulf electric control box

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firefighters attempt to extinguish huge flames that engulf electric control box

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firefighters attempt to extinguish huge flames that engulf electric control box

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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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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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Larry Shapiro photo

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Wheeling (IL) firefighters along with mutual aid companies from several surrounding towns were sent to the area of 9930 Capitol Drive on Monday afternoon (8/8/16) for a reported car into a pond with people trapped. Wheeling Chief 2400 was the first on the scene advising that a car was perched over a concrete retaining wall with at least one occupant inside. Along with the divers and boats that were en route, an urgent request was made for a tow truck to secure the car so firefighters could retrieve the driver.

Several of the incoming units were returned after the nature of the incident was known and work began to secure the SUV and then remove the driver, who proved to be the only occupant.

Reportedly, the elderly driver suffered from some type of medical event causing him to hit two cars and shear off a hydrant prior to ending up on the retaining wall.

rope secures car hanging over a wall

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fire department divers at a water rescue

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fire department divers view a car on a retaining wall with the driver inside

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fire department divers rescue trapped victim in a car

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fire department divers rescue the driver from a car on a retaining wall

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firefighter paramedics carry a patient up a hill

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heavy wrecker picks up car from retention pond

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crash site with mini van and SUV

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Wheeling (IL) firefighters were called to 298 Tilbury Lane in the Whippletree Village just before 3AM on Monday, 4-18-16. When units arrived they reported fire in a mobile home and upgraded to the Code 4 for the working fire. The flames were knocked down within 10 minutes and they were on the scene doing overhaul for another hour. Mutual aid units came from Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, and Northbrook. I arrived just after the 10-minute time stamp.

firefighters battle a mobile home fire

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firefighters battle a mobile home fire

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firefighters battle a mobile home fire

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firefighters battle a mobile home fire

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foam draining from fire engine

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Buffalo Grove FD Lieutenant Wendell Bills

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Wheeling firefighters were called just before 4pm to 195 Cindy Lane for a report of smoke in the house. Within minutes the alarm was upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire and police arrived reporting that the house was fully involved. Two residents that had gotten out of the house were transported to Northwest Community Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The size up from the first fire unit on the scene was fire visible through the roof of the single-family home. Companies made an aggressive interior attack with fire in the attic and the second floor. The homeowner was reportedly doing some plumbing and sweating pipes when the fire broke out.

heavy smoke from house on fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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firemen prepare to enter house on fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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flames and smoke from house fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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heavy smoke from house on fire

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Spartan fire engine

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Spartan fire engine

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firemen pickup hose after battling a fire

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More photos are at shapirophotography.net and chicagoareafire.com

Wheeling firefighters were called to 697 S. Merle for a fully-involved, detached garage fire. A header was visible while companies were en route and multiple 9-1-1 calls were received. The alarm was upgraded to the Code 4 for the working fire bringing mutual and auto-aid from Buffalo Grove, Prospect heights, Long Grove, and Arlington Heights.

Here are several images from the scene plus a video.

Firemen battle a garage fire in Wheeling, IL 3/17/15. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro photo

Firemen battle a garage fire in Wheeling, IL 3/17/15. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro photo

fireman pulls hose from fire engine

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fireman pulls hose towards hydrant

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civilians help pull fire hose

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Firemen battle a garage fire in Wheeling, IL 3/17/15. Larry Shapiro photo

Larry Shapiro photo

Firemen battle a garage fire in Wheeling, IL 3/17/15. Larry Shapiro photo

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fireman at pump panel of fire engine

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flames shooting from garage

fireman using radio

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fireman after battling a fire

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fireman surveys charred garage

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