Here are some shots from a Still & Box yesterday morning on Lorel in Chicago.. Companies were dispatched to a still @ 1030 N. Lorel, while enroute, the Main Fire Alarm Office made it a full still. Tower 14 arrived and had heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor. Engine 117 backed down and initially used their deck gun. Companies were mainly defensive at this fire.
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At approximately 05:40 St Charles (IL) was dispatched for smoke in the building at 828 S. 3rd. Companies found a fire in the basement. A box alarm and then 2nd alarm were called.
The building collapsed prior to my arrival and companies were in a defensive mode when I arrived using 1-ladder pipe, 1-deck gun and 7-handlines.
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Some time before 0600 hrs on Thursday, December 19th, the Central Stickney Fire Protection District was dispatched to a house fire on the southwest corner of Lockwood Avenue and 49th Street. Companies arrived to find fire in a vacant, 2.5-story ordinary. This was the second fire in this residence and the garage was burned down a year or so ago.
I took this in on my way to work and when I got there, operations were strictly exterior. Fire had burned through the roof and most of it had collapsed into the attic space. Since I did not hear this dispatched, I am not sure why Central Stickney’s Truck 906 was not on scene. For those not familiar with Central Stickney, the fire building was four blocks from their station. Central Stickney Engine 905 (hydrant on the corner of 49th and Lockwood), Bedford Park Engine 710 (hydrant on the corner of 49th and Lorel), Stickney FD Truck 1204 (aerial raised off 49th Street) and Summit Engine 951 (not pumping but manpower working) were all on scene.
Eric Haak submitted a snowy winter fire from January of 2008.
This fire occurred in late January, 2008 in Harvey, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago. There was a driving lake effect snow storm that evening which produced very thick, heavy snow flakes. For those who are not from Chicago, we regularly get snow that comes in off Lake Michigan when the atmosphere is right. When this happens it often creates blizzard-like conditions.
Similar to Gary, Indiana or Detroit, Michigan, the suburb of Harvey has seen it’s better days and today shows all of the signs of the blight created when the economic engines of the past have long moved on. The department runs out of 4 stations and has 57 career members.
On this particular evening, the Harvey Fire Department came across water issues when they arrived on the scene. When I arrived, the fire had already consumed most of the 1.5-story frame and the attention had turned to protecting the exposures. Unfortunately, this incident resulted in one fatality.
Images from Eric Haak of a fire in Cicero, Illinois from February 14, 2010 that resulted in seven fatalities