Chicago police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:45 am AM Monday to a church fire at 5141 Princeton Chicago, Il.
Firefighter/paramedics went to work at a church fire with with water problems, and only one available fire hydrant. A fire engine crew was assigned to back down a back alley and hit the back of the church with a deck gun.
About 5:04 a.m. firefighters were ordered off the roof because of dangerous conditions — bad water supply and a collapsed roof. One firefighter fell through a collapse in the roof, but was apparently not injured and went back to work at the fire scene.
Update 5141 Princeton S & B. Struck out on orders of 225 pic.twitter.com/vhBTtsESUI
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) February 15, 2016
Firefighters in freezing winter weather also had trouble with communications on the fireground channel. Assignments were frequently ordered on the dispatch channel instead of the fireground channel — a sign that the radio knob was set to the wrong channel on several occasions. It can be difficult to change the radio channel knob with thick gloves or frostbitten fingers. Communicating on the wrong channel could delay the receipt of firefighters receiving an important message.
Four adults at the 2 1/2-story residence next door were displaced and assisted by City of Chicago Human Services.
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