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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!”

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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!

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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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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-17-74 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are six images of the well documented fire at the International Harvester Works at 26th and Rockwell back in the early 1970s. Included is a nice image of Big John working with the county courthouse in the background. I also thought it was an interesting image showing them cooling off the buildings from the radient heat. In the image that shows Engine 18 in front of the building, it is hard to see but a firefighter is holding a small child in his arms and the kid is wearing a firefighters costume. That kid probably still remembers being there even though he looks like he couldn’t been more than 5 at the time. Enjoy!

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago FD Deluge Wagon 6-7-1- Big John

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Vintage 5-11 +1 Special in Chicago, 10-10-71

This from Eric Haak:

Below are images taken at a 5-11 +1 Special on October 10, 1971. This fire broke out at 11:15 am @ 430 N. Damen. It looks like a structure along with some kind of a yard like pallets or lumber. The rig you see in the final image is Engine 14. Thanks and enjoy!

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

classic Chicago FD Engine 4

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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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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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire +1 special, 4-4-64

This from Eric Haak:

Here are some more images from the 5-11 +1 special at 3610-3620 South Iron Street. The fire was in the old Central Bag Manufacturing Company building which was being used at the time by the Purofied Down Products Company as a pillow factory. The fire occurred on April 4, 1964 with an initial still time of 11:00 am. The first image is a little closer look at the image I shared last week. I was wondering if anyone knew why the two firefighters on the roof of the 1-story were holding their arms up? Was that some type of signal used by the fellas back in those days? Thanks and enjoy.

vintage massive fire in Chicago with high pressure wagon

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago 1964

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago 1964

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago 1964

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

massive fire in Chicago 1964

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Classic fire scene with Chicago FD Snorkel 2

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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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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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

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD turret wagon at a fire

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 3

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

Steve Redick photo

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