Here are a few more images from Chicago’s 3-11 in the 24th Battalion on Sunday. Bitter cold temperatures and limited access for companies to work.
The following images are from a still & box alarm fire in Chicago on Sunday, 12/3/23. The fire was in the old Swift mansion at 45th and Michigan. It started in a rear stairwell and was possibly of incendiary origins. The investigation has been turned over to CPD bomb and arson.
Just before sunrise on Thanksgiving morning, a fire broke out in the former Wing Hoe restaurant located in Chicago’s 9th Battalion. The structure was built as a private residence in 1913 and had been the Wing Hoe since 1971. It was currently vacant and scheduled for demolition. Companies had been drilling in the structure as recently as the day before. The building was a 2.5-story brick with a basement where the fire appeared to originate. Engine Company 83 made a valiant effort to get a line on it before it advanced, but with holes in the floor and being heavily charged with smoke, the decision was made to transition to a defensive attack.
I arrived as the box was being pulled and found very heavy smoke emanating from the entire structure. Engine Company 59 made entry from a safe POV through a rear door that accessed the basement and made some headway there but the fire extension was already advanced. A Snorkel, tower ladder, two RAMs, and several hand lines were used to bring this job under control.
Here are a few images from yesterday’s Still & Box with a Mayday Alert and EMS Plan I at 5539 S. Damen Avenue. One firefighter was transported in fair condition after the fire flashed through the front door. The building was a total loss.
Here are a few images from a fire in Chicago’s 8th Battalion the morning of 12/30. 25 x 50, 2-story ordinary, occupied, with slight communication to the “B” exposure. Engine Companies 125 and 68 with Truck Companies 53 and 29.
Here are some images from a 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago. There was a deep-seated fire in the basement of the 50×100 auto parts store. Even though the building was 200 feet south of Engine 49’s house, the heavy fire load in the basement prompted a defensive attack early on.
3-11 alarm at 5000 N Clark Street, in Chicago, IL. One (1) civilian transported yellow to Weiss Hospital