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UPDATED – Must see video & radio traffic: Two rescued from Chicago apartment fire. Additional videos added showing master streams in operation.

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UPDATE: At the bottom of the post are two additional videos taken later in the operation showing master streams being used to knock down the fire. Also, prior to the master streams, at about the :08 mark in the first video a line going to the building bursts and firefighters have to wrestle with it. And the last video on the page is from a different vantage point in the high rise across the street and starts just before the arrival of the first ladder truck.

EARLIER: Above is video from Hayley Monte via WMAQ-TV at a fire this morning where a man and woman were rescued from the top floor of an apartment building in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood. Immediately below is some of the radio traffic from the fire via Below that is more video of the rescues and the fireground via .

Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune:

The two were brought down a ladder at 736 W. Buena Avenue, according to the Fire Department. The woman was taken in fair to serious condition to Weiss Memorial Hospital. The man refused treatment at the scene.

A firefighter was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center to be checked as a precaution, officials said.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s not the Chicago FD I know. Can’t put H2O on a simple apt fire from the inside?

    • FF/PM Greg

      Considering they had to stretch hose from the outside into a third floor unit (see the videos), I’d say that perhaps something didn’t go as planned (wasn’t there and didn’t talk to anyone on CFD so just making my own assumptions).

      Plan A didn’t work. On to plan B… a little knock from the deck gun and an exterior hose line stretch. In the meantime, a rescue was performed and so was appropriately timed vertical ventilation.

      I think CFD is doing just fine.

    • Agates1272

      Don’t make assumptions, unless you were there and know for certain every aspect of the operation, and the challenges they may have faced. Not all midrises have standpipes, which means you have to make the stretch from the ground up. Not an easy task when the fire is on the 5th floor. Two lives saved, and they eventually got a know on the fire. Use some common sense before you bash…

    • Anonymous

      Clearly you don’t know much about the Chicago FD then. This is a very common tactic that has been used up there for quite some time very successfully. Get a quick knock on the fire to “reset” it then move in and mop up. Watch a few arrival videos from Chicago and you will see it is very common. I know, I know, I am sure you go to much more fire and are much more of a man than they are and would have gone in to get it right away…

  • Jim

    Chicago has used that tactic for a long time. Knock down the fire with a deck gun will stretching interior lines. It looked like it worked.

  • JustSayin’

    It’s my hope that they learned a powerful lesson over the past several weeks
    and the delay was due to the CFD Leadership demanding that FULL PPE’s are
    to be utilized.

    It takes just a little longer to don face masks and hoods.

    Especially when it’s a “new” skill to be mastered.

  • He

    Some of our Midrises, and Highrises, are fireproof compartments. As long as the compartment door to the interior hallway has maintained its integrity,and the Truck Officer has verified this fact, this is an accepted method of initial knockdown, especially when the fire has auto vented and is compromising the floor above. Obviously, the Engine crew is setting up for the interior ops. Yes, this operation is in my bag of tricks.

  • mark

    Wait a minute.

    So some of you guys are saying that not only does CFD use POSITIVE PRESSURE VENTILATION (in fact, they have a truck specifically dedicated to it) but they also use the transitional attack which allegedly does not work because it pushes fire? And cooks victims and blah, blah, blah.

    So where are all the naysayers regarding PPV and transitional attacks when we see a big city department such as Chicago using those tactics?

  • DMc77

    Some things- fire was partially knocked from the exterior due to delays in the hoseline stretch. Does it matter why? Bad standpipe, no standpipe, whatever. CFD has used the quick exterior knock while engine co makes the interior stretch. It works when used appropriately. 1st arriving company on the fire floor closes the apt. door after 1st due truck searches what they can. Exterior streams knock down the fire and when the line gets charged, they move in and finish attack.

    While the above was taking place, the 2nd due truck was in the apt. courtyard making rescues with a 50ft Bangor ladder.

    CFD has a MVU (Mobile Ventilation Unit) that is used to ventilate buildings filled with smoke/fumes. It is NOT used as a giant PPV duing fire attack like smaller fans. CFD does NOT use PPV as a method of fire attack; ventilation takes place horizontally with windows and doors and vertically with traditional truck company cutting roofs.

    As far as a delay in fire attack due to usage (or alleged misusage) of PPE, CFD members are subject to discipline for not wearing hoods and masks properly. If you know of a specific example in the last two weeks where this was not the case, please cite your example and back it up with proper references.