On Sunday afternoon January 8, 2023 Detroit firefighters fought their first extra alarm fire of the year. A one-story grocery store at Chalmers and Wilshire was destroyed in a two-alarm fire. Two aerials and handlines were used to bring the fire under control.
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. Rob G
November 12, 2013 at 04:00 hours, Adams County Pennsylvania Box alarm 9-2 was alerted for the commercial building fire at the Latimore Township Maintenance Building for a building fire, with multiple calls reporting fire through the roof.
York Springs Fire Department arrived to find a one-story, 60 x 100 metal building with heavy smoke and fire showing from the Charlie side of the building, a working fire dispatch was requested. Companies began opening up and found heavy fire on the Charlie said of the building on the inside, mostly up high on the wall. Several township vehicles used for maintenance, especially snow removal were stored in this building. Several of them sustained damage. The fire was placed under control within about 30 minutes, extensive overhaul was needed. The fire marshal’s office is investigating, early indications are leading to a kerosene heater as the origin of the fire, the investigation continues. Volunteer companies from three counties, (Adams, York and Cumberland) battled the early morning blaze.
Images from Eric Haak of another huge fire in Chicago that occurred September 24, 2007.
At about 1630hrs on September 24th, 2007, companies in the 23rd Battalion on Chicago’s southeast side responded to 91st and South Commercial Avenue for the report of a structure fire. First companies reported smoke from the roof of a 125 x 100 truss roof commercial clothing store. The store was open at the time, but all patrons were able to self evacuate without any issues.
The fire was started by roofers. The building was an oddly built structure as it was one story in sector 1 but dropped below ground level in sector 3 for a height of about 3 stories. I remember that this fire spread quickly and that Battalion 23 ordered a frantic emergency evacuation from the roof just before I got on scene. This fire featured one of my favorite rig shots I’ve ever captured as Engine 81 was parked right on the corner and had their deck gun working a heavily involved storefront.
Eric Haak photo
Eventually the roof did collapse and part of the wall in sector 1 fell into the street. The second photo shows then Commissioner Raymond Orozco at the command post. He is also seen descending Tower Ladder 37 after getting an aerial vantage point of the incident’s progress.
Eric Haak photo
Eric Haak photo
Tower Ladder 37, Engine 72 and Squad 5a were set up in sector 2. Engine 81 and Tower Ladder 34 were set up in the intersection at the sector 1/2 corner. Truck 49 worked a line from their area further north on Commercial in Sector 1, and Engine 46 worked their deck gun slightly north of that position in sector 1. Engine 47 worked their deck gun from the alley off the sector 3/4 corner.