Chicago had a the 2-11 this morning on the near west side at 2943 W Washington. Fire was in a very nice building, about 50×100 Greystone. It looked to be most of the fire was on the second floor and in the attic. Companies were making an interior attack and Truck 36 was making numerous holes on the roof. It was a cold, windy morning, and it seemed like the fire really took off when the wind picked up. Josh Boyajian
2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at 2943 W Washington 12-30-16. Josh Boyajian photo
Chicago’s 16th Battalion had a 20×20 frame alley garage on fire in the 5800 block of S. New England Avenue 12-29-16. Companies dropped 2 lines and performed extensive overhaul. Engine 32 took New England and Engine 127 took the alley and led out through the gangway to a hydrant on Newcastle Avenue. E32 E127 T60 TL54 BN16 assigned.
3-Alarm condo fire 12/26/1699 at Harbour Close in New Haven, CT –
A call for smoke from the roof turned into an intense firefight that would last hours and leave 32 people homeless. The initial call was received at one o’clock and first-due Engine 11 arrived to find a large, three-story condo complex with smoke showing from the roof. It was their second multiple alarm in two days.
A second alarm was transmitted due to the size of the occupied, multiple-unit dwelling and the long stretch. The complex was located off of the street about one thousand feet and was only accessible from two sides. The fire quickly spread throughout voids and walls as firefighters were getting lines in place. One truck was able to access only a single side of the complex. Multiple ladders had to be carried and placed in order to gain access to begin opening up. A trench cut was placed slowing the spread of fire across the building cockloft, however the fire spread throughout the entire structure via other routes.
A third alarm was transmitted by orders of Chief of Department Alston. Companies chased the fire for hours. Due to access issues only one tower ladder could operated in a limited manner. Multiple hand lines were no match for the deep seated fire. The fire took about six hours to bring under control. Thirty two people were left homeless. One firefighter and one civilian were transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
2nd alarm dwelling fire 12/24/16 in New Haven, at 28 Stevens St.
New Haven (CT) firefighters went to work just after midnight Christmas morning for a fire involving two occupied dwellings. First arriving companies from the hill station found heavy fire venting from the second floor and rear of the original fire building. It quickly extended to the number four side exposure, a similar occupied dwelling. A second alarm was transmitted as firefighters attacked both dwellings. Multiple lines were stretched to darken down the heavy fire. Searches proved negative in both structures. The blaze took about an hour to bring under control. One person was transported to the hospital with burns. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Glenn Duda