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Chicago Fire: Over 200 Chicago Firefighters Fight 5-11 Alarm Fire at Warehouse Building On Nelson St

Sun September 30 2012 2:02 pm
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VIDEO: 5-11 extra alarm warehouse fire on West Nelson Street near California Avenue and Belmont Avenue.

Chicago firefighters and paramedics responded about 1:30 AM Sunday to a water flow alarm at a warehouse (200X150 square feet), which was heavily charged with smoke in the 2600 block of West Nelson Street. Chicago firefighters arrived on the scene to discover a fire toward the center of the building, which was hard to access. The fire had already spread to the upper three floors of the old style multi-purpose brick warehouse. A building just to the north of the warehouse was also involved with a fire on the third floor.

Chicago firefighters battle a large warehouse fire that became the first 5-11 alarm in two years (33:22). Photo gallery is at

5-11 Alarm warehouse fire early during the fire with radio audio.

Two parts of the building collapsed while firefighters were working, but firefighters were taking collapse precautions, and no injuries were reported.

At least one vehicle — a Chevy work van — was destroyed in one of the wall collapses.

A large number of ladder trucks and fire engines surrounded the block. Support vehicles, such as a hose wagon, turret wagon, extra turret truck, breathing apparatus truck, rehab truck, a road service truck, the command vehicle and several other vehicles also were on the scene.

A firefighter rehab area was marked off with blue tape. Twelve major hose streams were dumping water on the fire with good heavy water streams in defensive fire attack mode. The water department was standing by in case there was any trouble with water flow.

Waterflow alarm at 1:30 a.m.
Still & Box 1:46 a.m.
2-11 at 2:43 a.m.
3-11 at 3:22 a.m.
4-11 at 3:56 a.m.
5-11 at 4:47 a.m.

The 5-11 was struck out about 9:25 a.m. The fire officer accidentally called out for a strike out of the box — a lesser size fire. The dispatcher replied, “I think you mean the 5-11.” The officer answered back, “Yes, the 5-11 (he chuckled as this was no ordinary box).

Front wall collapse at the 5-11 alarm fire on Nelson Street Sunday morning, September 30, 2012.

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