While going through some older images for the "book", I happened on this little gem. October 19, 1990 about 0448 hours a 5-11 alarm fire at 6220 Northwest Highway. This was Harry's Lumber yard, and the fire building was a ratty old wood frame lumber shed...which spread to several other structures at this occupancy. You can see engine 119 with the old ALF rig, and a member hosing it down to keep the paint from blistering due to the radiant heat...notice the turret gun is working and they have several lines off....squad 2a snorkel is in the background. The shed had pretty much been consumed and collapsed at this point. I owe a debt to Chief Nord of the Lyons FD who woke me up with a phone call and said I think maybe ya outta take this one in.....I guess he was right. I kinda thought he was nuts because I didn't hear much on the radio, but as I backed outta my garage I could see the orange glow lighting up the sky. I arrived at the same time the duty district chief did and he pulled a 3 and 4 -11 while he was putting on his fire clothes. As the shed was rolling I tried to run across the front to get to the south area of the building..I made it but literally singed the hair on my arms as I sprinted past.....the vinyl siding on the buildings across the street ( the ones I was running past) was melting ....This was a real memorable job...I had to work the daywatch that morning and we had a very busy day...lots of other jobs....Anyone else have any memories or stories about this fire?
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