On 1/15/2022, the Ashland, Holderness, and New Hampton (NH) Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported building fire just down the road from the Ashland fire station. Crews arrived quickly and reported heavy smoke and fire showing. A second-alarm was requested bringing in more towns from around the Lakes Region. Hampering firefighting efforts were temperatures hovering around 0-degrees and moderate winds pushing the wind chill down to about negative 20-degrees.
Fire dispatch toned out Linwood, St Clements, and Wellesley for a house fire at 7510 Line 86, July 27 at 9:05. Linwood reported they could see a thermal column just after they pulled out of town. They requested a tanker from Floradale. Linwood arrived to a fully involved house, heavy fire in the rear and on the main floor. Multiple lines were pulled and port-a-tanks set up for water shuttle. Water was drawn from a fire department cistern a mile from the scene.
Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. Wellesley’s aerial was used to pull the roof to get to hot spots. This was the first fire it was used on. Firefighters used the quint at a burn a few weeks before for training.
The fire was started by a four year old playing with a BBQ starter. Four children were transported to a hospital with smoke inhalation. Firefighters remained on scene until late afternoon to assist the Ontario Fire Marshal with the fire investigation. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire, served 171 drinks for the 30 firefighters on scene. Photos taken 25 minutes into the call.
Gary Dinkel – Box 690
Four people suffered from smoke inhalation during a late afternoon house fire in La Grange Park, IL on Wednesday, February 19th.
Gordon J. Nord, Jr.
more images from this fire are at chicagoareafire.com
Here are some shots from a Still & Box yesterday morning on Lorel in Chicago.. Companies were dispatched to a still @ 1030 N. Lorel, while enroute, the Main Fire Alarm Office made it a full still. Tower 14 arrived and had heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor. Engine 117 backed down and initially used their deck gun. Companies were mainly defensive at this fire.
I have the whole gallery on my site! http://chi-townfirephotos.smugmug.com/Chicago-Working-fires/2014-Chicago-Fires
As with most big cities, there are some companies that are busier and some that are slower than others. Of course this is the same situation here in Chicago and back in March, 2007, I was able to catch two of the harder companies to photograph working at the same fire. This was also one of those rare times that I caught a fire without hearing the call dispatched.
I happened to be coming down Pulaski when Engine 64 pulled out of their quarters a few blocks north of 79th street. I followed them as they turned east on 79th and arrived right behind them on the 7800 block of South Trumbull. Engine 15 had arrived just ahead of 64 and a column of smoke was wafting from a dormer window on the roof of a 1.5-story occupied frame home.
This is another one of those cases where there would have been nothing to see if I had not been right in the neighborhood. As a result of getting there so quick, I was able to catch some interesting shots in the few short minutes before they had this knocked out. I have caught both of these engine companies working since but have not caught them working at the same fire. An hour after leaving this incident I caught Engine 93 leading out on a fire at 106th and Sangamon.
More from the archives of Eric Haak in Chicago
The images seen here were taken on Chicago’s West Side in August, 2009. I was only a half mile away from this incident when Chicago’s Main Fire Alarm Office dispatched companies. I unfortunately did not hear the address correctly and went north instead of south which took me nearly a mile in the wrong direction. I realized my error when Engine 44 reported a large 3-flat with heavy fire blowing out the windows on 2 and 3 and then saw a large header in my rear view mirror. I recovered in time to still get some good shots, although I practically cry every time I think about what could have been. This fire was on the 1000 block of North Lawndale in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.