Chicago firefighters battled a 4-11 Alarm fire with a Special Alarm for two additional chiefs and three additional trucks at 4540 W. Haddon Avenue at a flea market. The building measured approximately 100×200 and was bordered on one side by railroad tracks that were on an embankment even with the roof f the one-story building. Part of the structure was a covered parking garage with additional parking on the roof. Several of the cars fell into the building as the roof sections collapsed.
Tower Ladder 14 had their brand new E-ONE unit and new Air Mask Unit 6-4-6 was also at the scene. Aerial Tower 1, the only straight ladder with a pre-piped waterway was called to the scene as well at Turret Wagon 6-7-6. The fire was dispatched around 9:30 am and was struck out in the early evening, though relief companies were at the ruins all night.
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Later in the alarm a fireground event, described as a smoke explosion, backdraft or possibly a collapse created a tremendous sudden push of smoke and heat from the building. I captured some images of conditions in the front of the building just as this occurred, and also got some images of the RIT deploying in response to a brief mayday that was declared.
The east side of the building had an overhead door, and when the event happened a large rush of heat , smoke, fire, and air vented out of this opening, injuring 3 members. I believe all are ok, with some minor injuries. I don’t believe the RIT actually performed any actual rescue as the injured members were upright in short order. I personally think a large portion of the roof came down causing this rapid exit of fire gasses … mind you just my opinion … I am not qualified to truly judge what actually happened.
Took this in Friday (10/30/15). I arrived shortly after the 3-11 was pulled. Fire was involving several stores in the cockloft area and rapidly spreading to other occupancies at 3536 W. Irving park Road in Chicago. The overhead view I supplied gives an idea of the construction and layout. Three tower ladders, a Snorkel, and several multiversals and handlines were utilized. Collapse became a significant concern as the operations progressed.
Steve Redick forwarded this video of the 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago on April 29, 2007
Just after sunrise on Sunday morning, April 29, 2007, fire engulfed this old Chicago warehouse in the 2100 block of West Carroll on the near west side. There is a great video on YouTube of the scene before companies even arrived which was filmed by residents living in the building at the end of the street. The 100 x 250, 3-story heavy timber building was fully involved before Engine 26 and Truck 7 arrived, sending thick smoke throughout the neighborhoods for miles to the north. The building was being renovated into lofts at the time. I arrived in time to capture the second collapse of the sector 1 wall which you can see in the first two images.