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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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X-Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol rig for sale

From the SPAAMFAA Facebook page:

1949 Ford F-7 Big Job
$3,500
Chicago, IL

1949 Ford Insurance Patrol wagon. A division of the Chicago Fire Department. Back in the old days the insurance Patrol would rush in with tarps to salvage your property after the fire department dumped copious amounts of water on it.
There are only three of these left in the world this 49 and a meticulously restored 51 and a 56 model. Whether you wanted to restore this or make a Resto rod out of it you would definitely be the only one with one around.
The body has seen better days and the doors are made out of wood with steel wrapped around them. The back door is still well hung but the front doors are rotten where they used to mount to the piano hinges and they are just wedged in place for the photographs.
Under the hood is the big 337 Ford flathead V8 which was only used in these big trucks and the Lincoln automobiles. This motor was free 10 years ago but someone left a spark plug out and it is currently stuck. The asking price for this one-of-a-kind vehicle is $3,500 complete or $2,500 without the motor and trans. The vehicle is currently located in Alsip illinois.

thanks Dennis & Dan

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Former Chicago firehouse for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale. Chicago Tribune photo

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribume.com:

2414 W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago: $1,049,000

Listed on Nov. 3, 2017

One-of-a-kind gut-renovated 3,600-square-feet of a 1899 Chicago Firehouse in North Center by Lincoln Square and in the popular Coonley School District. This historical landmark is the only frame firehouse remaining in the city. Soaring 12-foot ceilings, wood beams, open first floor-floor plan, radiant-heated concrete floors on first floor and wood floors on second. Second floor has master suite with bay window, two bedrooms, an office/exercise room and a den. Oversized, attached two-car garage.

Agent: Sharon Gillman and Marissa Schaefer of Baird & Warner, 312-640-7010

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

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interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

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interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

 

thanks Dennis

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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.

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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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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

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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

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire photo

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Vintage 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 6-5-78

This from Steve Redick:

Here’s another from the archives, a 3-11 Alarm fire at 2950 W. Jackson 6/5/78. From what I can tell this was an old hotel. Listen to the interesting dialogue between the office and a certain engine company when they were directed to change quarters to eng 77. They were concerned about the “canine presence”. Some classic stuff here. The main voice in the office was the late Danny Evans. There is also some radio traffic from Skokie FD in the mix too.
 

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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

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massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

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Historic 5-11 Alarm fire with multiple LODD in Chicago, 2-7-68 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

The following are rare images of the Mickelberry fire on February 7, 1968. The first image is the only image I know that shows the building before the 3rd explosion which leveled the plant. If you can view this image in a larger format, you can clearly see the people waiting on the roof to be rescued. There is at least one truck parked in front without it’s aerial up and there appears to be a chief or two looking up at the men on the roof. There is also either a truck or engine arriving northbound on Halsted. Image 2 was badly scratched and still has quite a bit of damage. Image 3 shows the helicopter used by Chief Quinn to access the scene. Image 4 shows the gasoline truck in the alley after it had been cleared of rubble. Many of the other images are self-explanatory. The last is damage that occurred to one of the rigs on scene.

early photo of the Mickelberry fire in Chicago

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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Chicago FD Snorkels work during the Mickelberry fire

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage Chciago Police Department helicopter

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

tanker truck after explosion

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

classic Chicago firefighters at work from SS1 and SS2

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard J. Quinn and Mayor Richard J. Daley

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard J. Quinn and Mayor Richard J. Daley

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

aftermath of Mickelberry fire in Chicago

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago fire truck destroyed by fire

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