From Steve Redick:
I was able to take in the big job last Tuesday in Chicago, a 4-11 (actually with all the extra units well over a 5-11 response) at Haddon & Kilbourn. It was a massive structure containing thousands of square feet of flea market type booths, many sealed off with cyclone fencing. There were no real windows, and to make matters worse the entire roof consisted of a concrete parking surface. The area is very industrial and the building backs up to an elevated railroad embankment.
Arriving units reported heavy smoke conditions and could barely see to maneuver the apparatus down the street, and heavy fire was in an area set back from the street, under the parking deck. I arrived about 35 minutes in and observed heavy fire and smoke venting from the inaccessible center portion of the complex. Cars were falling into the fire as the concrete roof deck collapsed. The fire traveled into a massive portion of the building to the north and caused heavy and dangerous smoke conditions, making Division Street impassable. A truck company attempted entry into this section using a searchline and TIC but made little headway due obstructions. Several inline operations were conducted, including two engines driving up on the railroad right of way. The hose wagon performed two massive hose lays along Division Street, one east and one west of the fire building. The new Turret Wagon 6-7-3 was also put to use.The smoke conditions downwind were punishing to the engineers manning their engines as well as members in the tower buckets. The incident lasted many hours and units were on the scene all night long. The scale of the building was so large at least one additional RIT was in place.
Steve Redick forwarded this video of the 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago on April 29, 2007
Just after sunrise on Sunday morning, April 29, 2007, fire engulfed this old Chicago warehouse in the 2100 block of West Carroll on the near west side. There is a great video on YouTube of the scene before companies even arrived which was filmed by residents living in the building at the end of the street. The 100 x 250, 3-story heavy timber building was fully involved before Engine 26 and Truck 7 arrived, sending thick smoke throughout the neighborhoods for miles to the north. The building was being renovated into lofts at the time. I arrived in time to capture the second collapse of the sector 1 wall which you can see in the first two images.
Chicago 4-11 alarm 6/16/1987 at Ogden and Lake
This was a 2-story brick factory type building approximately 100X125. It was a metal company that stored or used magnesium, there were several spectacular magnesium explosions. 2-tower ladders, 1-Snorkel, 1-ladder pipe, and several point of vantage lines were used
- 01:02 Still Eng 26,14 Trk 7,19 Bn 3 Sqd 1
- 01:03 Box Eng 30,103 Trk 10 Bn 4, 2-2-1
- 01:08 2-11 Eng 5,18,42,44 Trk 12,21,36 Bn 1,6,15
- 01:21 3-11 Eng 1,4,13,20
- 01:29 4-11 Eng 16,57,107,117
- 02:06 struck out