On January 17th, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. the Main Fire Alarm Office of the Chicago Fire Department received telephone calls reporting a fire on the 1800 block of N. Spaulding Ave. Several more calls were received so the alarm office transmitted a still & box alarm at that location.
As companies started to arrive on the scene they found a five story fire resistive brick building under demolition with smoke showing on the third, fourth, and fifth floor. Trucks 28 and 35 laddered the building from sector A and Tower Ladder 14 set up in sector B also with Snorkel Squad 2.
Engine Company 76 advanced a hoseline into the building via stairway trying to find the seat of the fire. On the arrival of Deputy District Chief Thomas Lynchthe fire was elevated to a 2-11 alarm.
Hoselines were later taken off the water way of Tower 14 to extinguish the fire on the third floor. The fire was confined to the third floor, but there was some extension to the roof area.
No injuries were reported at this fire on a cold fridge afternoon where the temperature was 5 degrees.