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Big Tire Fire Comes Out of Little Tire Shop

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Four Alarms and Good Photos

A SPECTACULAR BLAZE BROKE OUT in a small tire shop Saturday night in the Chicago suburb of Northlake, Illinois.

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ChicagoAreaFire / Steve Redick

The dispatch went to four alarms plus a special call to a regional foam supply task force.

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Foam unit from O’Hare Int’l. Airport
( ChicagoAreaFire / Larry Shapiro )

The fire was discovered between 6:30 and 7:00 pm Central when passersby started noticing the smoke and fire coming from the building.

Chicago Area Fire tells us:

Prior to receiving multiple cellphone calls, someone knocked on the door of the Leyden Township FPD station at the corner of Mannheim and Grand just before 6PM to report a fire four blocks down the road. Units found heavy smoke pushing from a one-story, commercial structure with a bow-string truss roof. The building was occupied by a tire business and was currently full of tires.

The fire, at 2200 N. Mannheim Road was in the Northlake Fire Protection District. (opposite sides of the intersection belong to either the Leyden Township FPD or the Northlake FPD). The Still Alarm was filled out and a Box Alarm, then a 2nd Alarm were requested within minutes, followed very shortly be the 3rd and 4th Alarms.

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ChicagoAreaFire / Eric Haak

The roof collapsed early and sent flames several hundred feet into the air as companies setup elevated master streams from the Leyden quint, trucks from Northlake and Franklin Park, and then the Schiller Park tower ladder.

The fire was extinguished by 11:30 pm, but the cause is still under investigation.  No damage estimate has been given out.

As usual, the professional photographers at ChicagoAreaFire.com captured a lot of remarkable shots.  They are posted in a sequence of four sections in their WEBSITE HERE.  Just start at the top and keep scrolling down.  They also include links to even more photo galleries.

Steve Reddick, Esq., also had his video camera with him and he caught some remarkable footage in this raw report:

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