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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-28-65

This from Eric Haak:

This week I am sharing these images from a 5-11 alarm on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. For those who are familiar with this area, it is the present location of Ozinga concrete just south of Cermak along the Chicago River. The second image is of Engine 8 and the last image shows Engine 23. I can count 13 master streams flowing in image 4. Still time was reported as 4:47pm. Hope you enjoy.

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago on January 28, 1965. This was an abandoned grain mill at 2203-09 South Lumber Street. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 8

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic image of Chicago FD Engine 23

CFD Engine 23. from the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-8-17

This from Steve Redick:

6670 Northwest Highway in the fire prone (lately) 11th battalion. This is very close to home and I arrived in short order. The occupancy was some kind of small community type theater. Initial observations seemed to indicate some deep seated fire in what I assumed would be many concealed spaces. Rapid roof ventilation and use of TIC allowed this fire to be contained in very short order. Just as well ’cause squad 7 was in a spare snorkel anyway. ­čśë

Steve

all the images can be seen here

 

Firefighters at fire scene with smoke

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Firefighters at fire scene with smoke

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Chicago FD Truck 55

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Chicago FD Engine 119

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Chicago FD Engine 11

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fire engine backs dow alley

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Chicago fire truck at fire scene

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Box Alarm fire in Cicero, 10-5-17 (part 2)

This from Steve Redick:

Roosevelt and Austin in Cicero. This fire bordered on Chicago who did send a full still response, but Cicero FD was already on the scene. Engine 96 was used to supply a ladder pipe on Truck 29. It was a vVacant building and most of the fire was knocked down by my arrival, but I captured a few interesting images including a Cicero engine pumping from a Chicago hydrant

Steve

Cicero fire truck working at night

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commercial building fire in Cicero

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elevated master streams battle fire

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elevated master streams battle fire

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Cicero fire engine

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elevated master streams battle fire

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Cicero FD Truck 2 at a fire

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Cicero fire trucks at fire scene

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Forest Park fire engine

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Lyons  fire engine

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Cicero fire trucks at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 96

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Oak Park FD tower ladder at work

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Cicero fire engine

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Cicero fire engine

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Historic Chicago fire photos

This from Eric Haak:

This week I thought I would share one image from four different incidents. The first is a 5-11 at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59. The building was going to be demolished for the construction of the Dan Ryan.

A 5-11 Alarm fire at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59

A 5-11 at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59. The building was going to be demolished for the construction of the Dan Ryan. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The second is a 5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64. A pillow manufacturer!

5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64

5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The third is a 5-11 at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64 and was part of the infamous 72 Hour Alarm.

5-11 Alarm fire at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64

5-11 Alarm fire at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The final is a 3-11 at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66. Safe to say we will rarely ever see fires like these again. It was a different time

3-11 Alarm fire at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66

3-11 Alarm fire at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Box Alarm fire in Cicero, 10-5-17 (part 1)

This from Jeff Braun Jr.;

Here are some photos from the Box Alarm in Cicero at 5939 W. Roosevelt Rd. (10/5/17). Calls initially came at Approx. 2300 Hours, and Chicago responded first. After they arrived on scene, they realized it was Cicero’s fire, but they were able to stay on scene and assist since it was a large commercial structure (even though they are not due on the Box Alarm for Cicero). Units from Cicero, Berwyn, Chicago, North Riverside, Oak Park, Forest Park, Stickney, Lyons, and Bedford Park were on scene. Thanks. -Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY)

firefighters climb ladder

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

North Riverside FD tower ladder working

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

elevated master streams at commercial fire

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

elevated master streams at commercial fire

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Cicero fire engine at building fire

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

two tower ladders working master streams

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

water spring from fire hose coupling

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

North Riverside FD tower ladder working

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

North Riverside FD tower ladder working

Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Chicago fire trucks at a fire

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Forest Park FD fire engine

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Some quick video clips from Steve Redick

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-82

This from Steve Redick:

I opened the archives again. This fire was in a 4-11 in a huge, u-shaped apartment building at 3348 N. Central 9/9/82.
 
Some voices: call taker FAO George Mazurek; Kenny Little dispatching the units, and those with sharp ears will recognize Roger Thompson later in the incident.
 
I took this in and have a few images, some are a little iffy in terms of quality but worth a look. They brought the turret wagon into the courtyard but as I recall they didn’t use it. This was a tough and nasty job.

Steve

vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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Chicago FD turret wagon at a fire

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 3

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire 1441 S Wabash, 8-11-83

 

This from Steve Redick:

This was a real dandy. The Fire Alarm office calltaker and dispatcher was the late Dick Hyland. You can also hear Bob Phelan as well as Matt Tomlin briefly on the radio and Al Andersen was the switchboard guy that handled most of the radio stuff. I took this job in. What a night this was! The DDC was Ed Altman way before his commissioner days and the responding District Chief was Louis Galante (which explains why this wasn’t a 5-11). Some other voices you may find familiar Jim Corbett on truck 12, Bob Welch as “3a”, Bill O’Boyle on Squad 1.
 
I’m sure there are many more to be recognized upon further review. This fire turned into a real spectacle. It ignited a scrapyard at 14th & State that went to a box and it also burned up El ties along the tracks for about 2 blocks. To top it off Snorkel 1 got stuck in the partially raised position and members had to be rescued via ground ladder as the radiant heat was getting brutal. After the building collapsed they found a guy who was sleeping in a vehicle next to the fire building who had to be extricated with a hurst tool since the car was squashed by the falling wall.

I was standing too close at the time of the collapse and as I was running saw a member get knocked down by flying bricks. I believe he broke his leg … a narrow miss for me.  This was a real all time classic job. I will never forget it.

Steve

massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-23-17 (more)

This from Drew

23 Sep 17- The 5th Battalion and companies were stilled out at approximately 0645 hours. While en route, the Englewood FAO announced a Still & Box at this location for reports of people trapped inside the building. Engine Co. 84 and Truck Co. 51 arrived on scene and reported heavy fire in the rear of a 3 story ordinary apartment building. Battalion 5 got on scene shortly after and reported fire through the roof. A 2-11 Alarm was requested by 2-2-1 who pulled all companies out of the building due to dangerous fire conditions. (5) 2-1/2” lines were led out while Tower Ladder 37 and Squad Co. 5’s Snorkel worked elevated master streams. Engine Co. 84, Engine Co. 45, and Engine Co. 50 utilized their deck guns. Searches could not be completed due to structural integrity of the building. Companies also battled high humidity and high 80s temperature. Still Alarm companies: E84 E47 T51 T30 BN5 Sq5 2-7-5 RIT BN6 T15, A55 A36 4-5-8.

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Chicago FD Engine 50

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Chicago FD Engine 47

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fire chief surveys aftermath of fire

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firefighters immersed in smoke at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Engine 45

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-23-17

Photos from Chicago’s 2-11 Alarm fire at 5825 S. Prairie Avenue on Saturday, 9/23/17

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

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aftermath of building fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Engine 50

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firefighters cool down and rehab after a fire

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young boy offers a drink to a firefighter

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Working fire in Chicago, 9-17-17

This from Josh Boyajian:

Working Fire last weekend in the 6th Battalion. 5640 s Peoria, 2-sty vacant, back porches fully involved on arrival.

Chicago FD Truck 51

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Chicago FD Engine 116

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ground ladder to window of fire building

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Firefighters overhaul after fire

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Chicago FD Engine 50

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Firefighters overhaul after house fire

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Firefighter with hose washing down hot spots

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Chicago street sign

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Chicago FD Squad 5A

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Chicago FD Squad 5

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Chicago FD Truck 51

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