Detroit firefighters fought a four-alarm fire early Friday morning April 7, 2023 at W. Davison and LaSalle. All the civilians from the four-story apartment building were rescued, with only minor injuries. During the initial interior attack, one firefighter from Engine 39 was noticed missing. A mayday was called, but he was quickly found. The entire structure is a total loss.
Additional photos and video from the 2-11 Alarm commercial fire in Chicago, IL – November 17, 2015
Chicago firefighters were sent to 126 E 47th Street at about 10:30PM (11/17/15). Shortly after rival, Battalion 5 requested a Box Alarm for fire in the one-story commercial structure. Companies were pulled out of the building in short order and they went defensive and the fire was upgraded to a 2-11 Alarm shortly thereafter. The fire communicated to the two-story exposure to the east. The original building collapsed and the exposure was gutted.
There were three tower ladders operating master streams along with 6-6-1 the reserve Snorkel plus multi-versals and the deck gun from Engine 19. Conditions during the fire included strong winds and sporadic rain that was very heavy at times.
All the regulars were out at this one, Redick, Nord, Olk. I don’t believe that any of their shots appeared on any sites other than their own. My pictures from that day have not been seen before so here they are.
This fire broke out in a 125 x 75 1-story auto body supply store in the late morning hours of September 28, 2009. The building was located on the 2300 block of South Pulaski on the city’s west side and fighting the blaze was made a little more difficult by the presence of elevated railroad tracks in sector 4. Eventually Tower Ladder 5, Tower Ladder 54 and Squad 1A all used elevated streams and companies were placed on the roof of the sector 3 exposure with a line as well.
Here’s the video from Chicago’s 4-11 Alarm fire on Friday.
I took in the a 4-11 Alarm yesterday at Peterson & Lincoln on the north end of the city. I wasn’t too far away, otherwise rush hour traffic and the location probably would have stopped me from taking this in. The first response was for a report of smoke on the roof. The Still Alarm engine, (71) reported a fire and requested a Box Alarm. When the Deputy District Chief 2-2-2 arrived, he upgraded to a 2-11 Alarm, which was followed later by the 3-11 and then finally the 4-11. Additionally, two additional trucks and one additional tower ladder were called to the scene.
Engine 71 had a deck gun going in Sector 4 on Albany and they really had a fight on their hands with massive fire and smoke to contend with. Eventually they had to move to a more secure spot. Three tower ladders, one truck, and Squad 2’s Snorkel had elevated master streams deployed in addition to several multi-versals and hand lines. Four stores were destroyed by the fire and at least one more sustained heavy damage from smoke and the fire department’s efforts to stop the fire from traveling further.
Roofers working at the time are a probable cause for this fire.
I am working a a video which will post when it’s completed.
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.
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.