A working fire at 54th and Ashland in Chicago on Sunday morning (11/11/18) just before dawn. It appeared that someone had set the window of a business on fire as well as an auto in the alley. The fire did appear to get inside a litttle but was quickly extinguished. Companies were Battalion 6, Engine 116, Tower Ladder 39, Engine 123, Truck 33, Battalion 15 RIT with Truck 18.
Took in this job a few days ago. Not much to see firewise but a couple of interesting things. The building was in horrendous shape..several parts of the roof were collapsed (prior to fire) and access was very limited at best. Ironically this was not classed as a red x building. I was able to get some video and photos of a Chicago stripping ladder in use as a battering ram to knock out the plywood window coverings. This is a great tool and pretty unique to Chicago…seldom used for climbing but primarily used to pull up roofing materials during ventilation.. Class A foam was also used at this alarm as well. The squad had a spare snorkel but some decent rig shots were available.