All posts for the month January, 2021

On 1/6/21 at 21:53 the Marlborough, CT FD was dispatched to smoke in the area and arrived at 60 Keirstead Cir to find a working house fire. A 2nd alarm was struck with numerous mutual aid to the scene. Just outside the neighborhood was a large pond with a dry hydrant that was used to supply the 5” line laid into the scene. More picture HERE

heavy flames from house fire at night
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Buffalo Grove (IL) police and firefighters were called to 134 Golfview Terrace Tuesday afternoon (1/5/21) for a reported house fire. Police officers were first on the scene and said there were flames through the roof. Buffalo Grove Battalion 4 upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 working fire based on the police report. The header was visible from a distance of at least a mile away. Tower Ladder 25 was the first fire company on the scene followed by Arlington Heights Engine 4. The first attack line was taken to the rear and quickly darkened the fire that was burning on the outside of the house. A second line went inside.

#Ferrara Inferno tower ladder on scene
Larry Shapiro photo

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1/5/2021, approx 09:00hrs. 31-154th Place in Calumet City, IL. Lauer’s Tap 20×60 1-sty ordinary. Original dispatch for a smoke investigation, 1101 arrived and found heavy smoke showing.

Eng 11 attempted to take a line in the front door, but deteriorating conditions and a soft floor prevented any progress. Lines pulled out, defensive operations initiated. 4 lines plus South Holland T-43 master stream worked the fire.
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Lauer's Tap fire in Calumet CIty
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12-30-2020: Chicago firefighters had a fire in the 14th Battalion @ 2934 w 25th street. Companies landed with a 3-sty lightweight, with fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Companies made a push but were pulled out and went defensive for a few minutes. Engines 109, 23, and 107 were all lead out and had lines working. I arrived about 15 minutes into the alarm. 

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 5
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The Harvey Fire Department (IL) and MABAS 24 auto-aid companies had their hands full New Years’ Eve as they battled this house fire near 159th Street and Lexington. The home was reported as fully involved on arrival but then the search for working hydrants began. Every hydrant on the block and one block north of the fire building were inoperable. Country Club Hills Engine 14 was able to secure a working hydrant at 159th and Loomis while Posen Engine 2805 eventually found a positive source over 1,100 feet north of the fire building on Lexington. Despite facing these challenges, both exposure buildings were largely saved from sustaining significant damage.

house destroyed by fire at night
Eric Haak photo