At 0445 Sunday morning (12/23), Chicago FD Engine 75 landed at 117th and LaSalle Street and reported they had a fire in a 2.5-story frame. A few minutes later, Battalion 22 asked for a box and stated he had fire in two buildings. There was a fair amount of fire in the attic of the frame structure as companies forced entry but they eventually were able to access the attic and knock it down before the fire could gain any headway.
Took in this working fire on the 6100 block of South Washtenaw in Chicago on Saturday. I arrived less than 10 minutes in and the fire was already well under control. I included a close up of the spare tower ladder that TL39 was running with. Over the weekend, they were running out of spare tower ladders and both TL34 and TL54 were running as trucks at one point or another. As you can see, the body wear on these old E-One’s is very evident but it seems like they are in service more than the front line rigs. It should also be noted that Squad 5 was running with the old air mask rig as their box. Shop # G-487. Engines on this were 88 and 101 with Truck 41 and Tower Ladder 39.