Chicago Fire Department 2-11 Alarm – March 30th; High winds back on March 30th quickly turned a grass fire into an inferno as embers ignited mounds of paper waiting to be recycled at a facility at 48th and Christiana.
This fire happened the evening of April 30 about 48th Place just west of Kedzie in Chicago. Companies initially reported an auto fire adjacent to the building but shortly declared a working fire. This was, from what I could tell, a fire resistive structure with concrete floors. The fire involved mattresses and foam padding in a large area of the first floor. Weather conditions were poor … rainfall kept the smoke low and visibility to a minimum. Flash photos were pretty much impossible and both my camera and I got a thorough soaking. The new TL 39 and TL54 were both utilized with the buckets low to the ground to work their streams deep into the first floor. Multiversals and numerous handlines were also utilized. The attack lasted a few hours and cautious interior asessments were conducted in the later stages using TIC and search ropes.
The Chicago Fire Alarm Office received one call from a cell phone reporting a building on fire at 33rd Str & Keeler. A still alarm was sent to this location. Engine 99 found nothing. As it turns out the Cicero Fire Department was receiving the rest of the calls for 33rd Str & Kostner for a trucking company on fire. Cicero Fire Dispatch contacted us on IFERN and the location was corrected.
Chicago had a Still & Box Alarm fire this morning at 3235 S. Kostner. Fire was through the roof and involved a corrugated one-story warehouse at a trucking company.
Here are some images from Gordon J. Nord, Jr. and Josh Boyajian.