This from Steve Redick:

Another famous and tragic incident. A gasoline tanker leaked and caught fire in the alley at 801 W. 49th Place, Mickelberry Food Products, resulting in a tremendous explosion killing four¬†members and several¬†civilians. My dad was on SS3 and responded. He told me of wading through waist deep water, covered in gasoline in the basement, shutting off utilities as ordered. He often said they were lucky no one was hurt during this operation and they never should have been down there in the first place. This was well after the explosion. They didn’t arrive until later in the fire. The audio can be heard HERE.
Steve
Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection