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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19 (more)

More from Steve Redick on the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-14-19

I was late getting to this job and even so as I arrived they declared an emergency evacuation and sounded the horns as an internal collapse had just occurred. Got some decent shots but was shooting into the sun quite a bit and the low hanging smoke made photos difficult. This was an unusual building with some difficult access issues.
All the images can be seen here:
fire engine on a hydrant

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Chicago fire truck at scene

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Chicago fire truck at scene

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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fire engines with hose on the ground

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago FD Squad 1A

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago Firefighters battle a fire

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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Dan McInerney:

Chicago Fire Department – Engine 78 pushing out, 3/14/94

Seen taking a picture is Matthew Negedly, an Orlando FD district chief who passed away in November of 2016. We left here and took in a 2-11 alarm in Beverly

  

Chicago FD engine 78 circa 1974

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Of interest … Chicago Engine 78

Excerpts from WGNTV.com:

One group of Chicagoans has been in on the action every time the Cubs have done well or not. The Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 78 has witnessed the team’s history since the day the ballpark was built.

The firehouse on Waveland has been a staple of the Wrigleyville neighborhood since the late 1800s.  It has experienced every win and every loss inside the Friendly Confines and has turned into a destination in itself for anyone heading down to Wrigley Field.

The building we see today is a historic landmark built in 1915, one year after Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville and Wrigley Field are very much the pulse of the firehouse which roughly serves the densely populated area from Diversey to Ashland and Lawrence to the lake.

It is one of the busiest houses in the department.

The firehouse location makes it arguably the most public face of the fire department   You`ll often see the guys outside on game days welcoming fans to the neighborhood  and they`ve had their fair share of celebrity guests themselves.

The firehouse is important to the (mostly) Cubs fans in it who have dedicated their lives to keeping Wrigleyville and Chicago safe.

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Chicago Engine 78

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Hours before Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, Cubs fans flooded West Waveland Avenue and every few minutes, like clockwork, one would stop and ask to take pictures at the historic firehouse that sits just outside Wrigley Field.

The two-story structure, built in 1915, is home to the firefighters of Engine Co. 78 and the paramedics and EMTs of Ambulance Co. 6, who’ve become nearly synonymous with the team and accustomed to Cubs fans of various sobriety levels.

“It’s probably the most famous firehouse in the country, if not the world,” said firefighter Bob King, who has worked at the Wrigleyville firehouse for nearly 24 years. “There was a guy earlier from Dallas came up to us and said ‘I’ve seen you guys on TV my whole life and I came up and I wanted to walk into the firehouse I’ve always seen on WGN.’ He shakes our hands and thanked us for what we do.”

Moments after King recounted that story, Kenny Fell and his grandson Colby Capedville, of New Orleans, walked up and asked to take a picture.

“My friend was a firefighter and used to take a month each year to follow the Cubs around in his truck. This is for him,” Fell said about the man who died responding to a scene in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Fans casually strolled into the station to take pictures of the Cubs logo fixed on the grill of the firetruck or the mural of Wrigley Field on the back wall. Even firefighter Alan Negron, who’s been featured in the TV show “Chicago Fire,” said the Wrigleyville firehouse gets much more attention than the film set.

And the logo is not the only baseball-themed artwork inside the firehouse. About a month ago, Negron designed a patch and T-shirt for Engine Co. 78, which features the number 78 on a baseball inside a Maltese cross and flanked by two bats.

Cubs fans and firefighters from all over the world have stopped by to buy merchandise.

A New York City firehouse, Engine Co. 274, called to make a friendly wager on the Cubs-Mets series. If the Cubs win, the firehouse expects to get 25 FDNY T-shirts from the New York company, and vice versa, if the Cubs lose.

The firehouse is home to die-hard Cubs fans. One firefighter who recently retired got a Cubs World Series tattoo a few seasons ago, King said. Unfortunately, that year the Cubs missed the playoffs by a long shot.

A photo on the back wall shows firefighters holding a banner that reads “The Official Firehouse of the 1984 World Series.”

Though the firefighters were hopeful, the Cubs were stopped just short of a World Series that year, losing to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in the NLCS.

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