Beyond 5th Alarm at Fox Lumber, A Lumberyard Fire in Alsip

SUN MAY 13 2007 Alsip, IL. A fire in a lumberyard at Fox Lumber at 111th and Cicero [MAP/SAT] in Alsip, Illinois brought heavy smoke that could be seen for miles in Chicago and suburbs and Indiana. Two firefighters suffered dehydration; otherwise, no injuries were reported. The fire was first reported to the fire department just after noon on Sunday. Firefighters used at least eight ladder tower trucks and at least 45 master streams to fight the fire.

Fire departments from Chicago and many suburbs fought the fire which was declared under control at a little after 2:00 p.m. The fire brought a 5-11 alarm or 5th Alarm with two specials, which means the fire was beyond a 5th Alarm — 5-alarm being the standard highest planned response for emergency responses. Firefighters were searching the area for spot branding to prevent extension to neighboring block, and were expected to cool down hot spots through the night into the following day.

Alsip, Illinois Fox Lumber video from mabas21 (Clip 1).

Alsip, Illinois Fox Lumber video from mabas21 (Clip 2).