Archive for category Historic Fire Photo

Chicago Fire Department history, 5-21-68

This from Austin Lawler:

I came a cross this photo on vintagetribune Instagram page. It is of a fire at Chromatic Paint Inc. on May 21, 1968. From the looks of it, it was a massive fire. Curious if anyone on the site has photos or more info on it. Have a good one.

Austin 
vintage Chicago fire photo

Firemen stand back from a pile of paint drums in the storage yard of Chromatic Paint Inc., 9100 South Park Avenue, that spurted into flames causing an estimated $25,000 damage on May 21, 1968. Photo by David Mugfor.

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 5)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

Chicago FD Engine 5 and Snorkel 1 working a 5-11 Alarm fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Truck 3 and Snorkel 1 working a 5-11 alarm fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 4)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 3)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

3-11 on 8/30/07. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 2/15/09. Eric Haak photo

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On this day … Box Alarm fire in Highland Park, 3-15-06

for #throwbackthursday, some photos from this day in history, 2006. The Highland Park FD went to a Box Alarm for fire in a classic downtown building at 430 Park Aveune.

landmark building destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

More photos at Shapirophotography.net

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 2)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

8-1-87 5-11 615 W 81st St. Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

8-1-87 5-11 615 W 81st St. Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

8-1-87 5-11 615 W 81st St. Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

8-1-87 5-11 615 W 81st St. Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

8-1-87 5-11 615 W 81st St. Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

12-2-02 4-11 1819 Monitor. Steve Redick photo

still more photos coming from other contributors 

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Vintage Chicago fire scene photos

This from Eric Haak:

The first image is showing Engine 48’s house on the far right side with a massive 5-11 fire burning just on the opposite side of the elevated tracks. The second image is a close-up showing what I believe is the first snorkle basket that Bill Post wrote about a couple weeks ago. The fire was a 3-11 on November 2, 1959 at 1109 W. 63rd Street. Kind of a rare image of the Snorkel basket working at an early fire

vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm fire scene

Vintage Chicago fire photo showing Engine 48’s house on the far right side with a massive 5-11 fire burning just on the opposite side of the elevated tracks. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

classic Chicago FD Snorkel photo

Chicago firefighters in the basket of the first Snorkel operating during a 3-11 Alarm fire on November 2, 1959 at 1109 W. 63rd Street. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Vintage Chicago fire scene photos with Snorkels at work

This from Eric Haak:

For this week I thought I would offer a bunch of Snorkel images and one Autocar. Image 1 is from a 2-11 at 4440 W. Madison on September 23, 1959. The building to the right is still there but the rest of it is all gone. Image 2 shows an Autocar working at a 2-11 at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959. This was during the pre-Dan Ryan days and Wentworth Avenue can be seen in the background. Image 3 is interesting because this fire was just outside of Engine 48’s quarters at 3950 S Dearborn. It was a 5-11 on October 11, 1959. For those who are familiar with Engine 16’s old house on Dearborn (same house), you can see the bottom of the railroad bridge at the top of the image, so this was literally right outside of 48’s apron. Image 4 is from a 3-11 at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 showing Snorkels 1 and 2 working together. Image 5 again shows Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 bowling alley fire on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Finally there is an image of a 4-11 from August 17, 1967. This building was on the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton and was the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Happy Thanksgiving to all!”

vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkel 3

2-11 Alarm fire at 4440 W. Madison in Chicago on September 23, 1959. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from 1959

An Autocar engine working at a 2-11 Alarm fire at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959 in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire photo with Chicago FD Snorkel #2 in 1959

A 5-11 Alarm fire on October 11, 1959 at 3950 S Dearborn Street in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire showing Chicago FD Snorkel 2 and Snorkel 3

A 3-11 Alarm fire at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 in Chicago. Eric Haak photo, photographer unknown

vintage photos of Chicago FD Snorkel2 and Snorkel 3

Vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 Alarm fire at a bowling alley on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Eric Haak collection , photographer unknown

vintage 1967 Chicago fire scene with multiple Snorkels working

A 4-11 Alarm fire on August 17, 1967 at the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton at the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-25-66

This from Eric Haak:

These images come to you from the early morning hours of March 25, 1966. This was a 5-11 +1 special at 3951 South Canal Street. The building was owned at the time by the Siegmund Warner Company which produced some sort of sporting goods. The interesting thing is that the larger building that you see the fire building attched to still exists and has been vacant for a while. The 5th image shows a collapse in progress. The 6th image is taken looking north towards Pershing and both of the buildings in the background still stand. The last photo is looking west towards Normal Avenue. Still time is recorded as 0451. Hope you enjoy!

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 vintage Chicago police cars

March 25, 1966. This was a 5-11 +1 special at 3951 South Canal Street in Chicago. The building was owned at the time by the Siegmund Warner Company. From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago in 1966 with Snorkel working

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD Snorkels Snorkel Squad 1

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD Snorkels Snorkel Squad 1

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm fire, 4-26-62

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from Thursday, April 26, 1962. The fire was a 5-11 +1 special at 2710 S. Throop St. The building was owned by the National Plywood Company and sat on the eventual path of the Stevenson Expressway. During the early 1960’s, there were several large arson fires in buildings that were scheduled to be demolished to make way for the Dan Ryan and Stevenson. I don’t know if this was the result of arson but the expressway would be built very soon after. Also, it is interesting to note that this was literally a block south of Engine 28’s current house which would be constructed a year or so later. Still time is recorded as being 1:36 in the afternoon.

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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