Here are some images from a quickly elevated 2-11 alarm fire Sunday (5/24/15) morning in Chicago. The incident occurred on the 6700 block of Union Avenue. Battalion 18 was given a working fire response at about 7:15 and Engine 54 arrived moments later and confirmed they had a 2.5-story frame that was totally involved and communicating to exposures. Battalion 18 boxed the fire on arrival and quickly reported water problems and requested a 2-11. Eventually the occupied exposure would be fully-involved as well. The first five engines all went to work; 54, 47, 84, 116 and 50. Engine 84 was in spare D533 and Engine 50 was in spare D598. Both Tower Ladders 34 and 37 were also in spares. TL 34 was eventually put to work making it 6 hand-lines and 3 master streams in use. The fire was struck out shortly after 8:00 and Human Services was requested for 4 adults and 6 children.
Companies were dispatched to a still alarm Friday at 7115 s Sangamon. While enroute, Engine 54 advised the EFAO that they could see the header and they indeed had a fire. E-54 arrived and boxed it. They had heavy fire showing and had the sector 4 exposure going also. Here are some of my shots.
Engine Co. 54 was first in to 7115 S. Sangamon and found fire in a 2 1/2 story frame. They made entry into to the building while Truck Co. 20 did the ventilation and searches. No victims were found but the fire did spread a bit to 7117 S. Sangamon, also a 2 1/2 story frame. Engine Co. 54’s hydrant man did find a frozen hydrant which caused the chief to ask for the Still & Box alarm. Companies made a quick knock of the fire once a positive source of water was established.
Dennis McGuire, Jr.