Neighbors seeing red over man's firet...

Neighbors seeing red over man's firetruck

There are 203 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 22, 2008, titled Neighbors seeing red over man's firetruck. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When firefighters relied on the water in their trucks to put out a blaze in a neighbor's garage because a hydrant was too far away, Peter Mitchell fretted about what might happen if his house caught fire.

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Jahree

Elmhurst, IL

#1 May 22, 2008
This man is trying to help
Slickster

Miami, FL

#2 May 22, 2008
This was put together by Hollywood, right? They're gathering information for the script for another Clark Griswold movie, right?

C'mon folks, the garage was permitted, he feels that he is doing a public service by having his private water supply and the pumper to put it into use and no one is being hurt. I mean, it's not like the guy is intercepting fire department calls and running his little engine out to the scene!

There is an ominous ring, however, to the rather casual comments about him have had "some court actions" in the past. Sounds like his neighbors have had an ongoing issue around the gentleman's way of conducting his life. Are their complaints now just an extension of earlier pique?

Wish I had such "problems" in my neighborhood. BTW, my pool water is clean, Ms. Mitchell.
Annie

Channahon, IL

#3 May 22, 2008
I would love having this guy for a neighbor. If my home were on fire, I would be grateful for dirty pool water being used to put it out! His neighbor might say she wouldn't want it used but would change her mind in a flash if her house went up in flames. It would serve her right if he refused to share his water and let her house burn.
BUBBA

Vernon Hills, IL

#4 May 22, 2008
Not in my backyard!!!
Dave

Broadview, IL

#5 May 22, 2008
Lets remember that he paid for the fire truck and converting his pool to gravity flow out of his pocket. not for just his own benifit, but also for his neighbors.
Mick

Springfield, IL

#6 May 22, 2008
So now we hear from the Schaumburg chapter of CAPE - Citizens Against Practically Everything.
BigE

Lombard, IL

#7 May 22, 2008
This guy has spent a lot of money to save his foundation from burning down. 1000ft of 5" from a forward lay on the second arriving engine will swing a lot easier at 2am than trying to figure out this guys Rube Goldberg.
This is why departments pre-plan. Every engineer on that department is quite aware of where that nearest hydrant is and knows how to get copious amounts of water in the shortest amount of time.
$10k invested elsewhere would probably proved the better bet, such as in-home sprinkler system.
Ralph

Elmhurst, IL

#8 May 22, 2008
BUBBA wrote:
Not in my backyard!!!
What the **** are you talking about?
Nevada CCW

Rockford, IL

#9 May 22, 2008
The man is within code. He should provide each of his neighbors with a nice long hose they can suck on.
tom

Bedford Park, IL

#10 May 22, 2008
The problem with having a limited amount of time to gather information for a story and a limited amount of space to communicate it is that not everything is enclosable in the limits available. There is virtually zero probability that the information given here fairly represents what is happening. This is probably not that important. But what about stories that are that important being covered by reporters that don't have a clue as to what is actually happening?
mcm

Savoy, IL

#11 May 22, 2008
"Personally, if my house caught on fire, I wouldn't want this guy on my property," said neighbor Audrey Mitchell, who is no relation, ticking off a list of at least four local fire departments that could come to their aid. "Why would I want his dirty pool water?"

uh..........your house is on fire. Your going to screen the water before it gets dumped on your house for bugs and leaves? I do hope you were misquoted otherwise your an idiot.
TBM

Naperville, IL

#12 May 22, 2008
Sounds like this guy's heart is in the right place, his head just might not be all there. He might have wanted to ask the fire department first how he could be of best help before he took all these expensive steps, as well as thinking how his neighbors might feel about his building. All considered from the article, though, sounds like he really hasn't done anything that wrong.
Mike

Oak Park, IL

#13 May 22, 2008
BigE wrote:
This guy has spent a lot of money to save his foundation from burning down. 1000ft of 5" from a forward lay on the second arriving engine will swing a lot easier at 2am than trying to figure out this guys Rube Goldberg.
This is why departments pre-plan. Every engineer on that department is quite aware of where that nearest hydrant is and knows how to get copious amounts of water in the shortest amount of time.
$10k invested elsewhere would probably proved the better bet, such as in-home sprinkler system.
Huh? One of the ways fire departments can access water in a hurry is by suction from a nearby standing water source like a pond or a swimming pool. Standard practice in southern California is that homeowners who have a backyard pool display a sign for the fire department's information. Not all that many years ago, before Bartlett expanded west of Rt. 59, a barn burned less than 1000 feet west. The Bartlett fire department erected a 10-foot square canvas temporary tank (think above-ground pool) about 2 feet deep at the site of the fire. One truck dropped a suction hose into this tank for water to fight the fire, and a second truck ran back and forth to the nearest hydrant refilling their truck, then dumping the water into the tank. That's a lot more "Rube Goldberg" than Mr. Mitchell's setup! Epilog: shortly after Bartlett's finest were unable to save the barn, the town bought a shiny chrome and yellow 8000 gallon semi tank truck (like the kind you see delivering gasoline to Shell stations) added flashing lights and hydrant fittings, and stationed it in a firehouse on the south end of Bartlett for a better backup source of water after the 500-gallon tanks on the fire engines ran out.
Gino

Glen Ellyn, IL

#14 May 22, 2008
Hose envy.
D Davis

Canton, IL

#15 May 22, 2008
One more reason I'm thankful not to live in the Chicago area anymore. Why can't people just leave this fellow alone? His firetruck isn't any more of an eyesore than the thousands of SUV's littering driveways and neighborhoods everywhere.
Pandora

AOL

#16 May 22, 2008
It does seem odd though, that he doesn't keep it at his primary residence.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Boston, MA

#17 May 22, 2008
Maybe instead of a fire truck, this guy should have purchased a waaaambulance for his neighbors.

Zing!
Barney

Chicago, IL

#18 May 22, 2008
This is why I will never, ever live in the suburbs again. People really need lives.

If I were this guy's neighbor, the first thing I would say is, "Can I drive it?"

Come on people, your view in Schaumburg suks anyway.
troll

Plainfield, IL

#19 May 22, 2008
Why no pictures? Come on Tribune.
Jim

Westmont, IL

#20 May 22, 2008
Ralph.... Not in my backyard or NIMBY. Your standard citizen who against any and all things change.

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