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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

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Chicago FD Snorkels work during the Mickelberry fire

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vintage Chciago Police Department helicopter

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tanker truck after explosion

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classic Chicago firefighters at work from SS1 and SS2

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

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

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aftermath of Mickelberry fire in Chicago

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Chicago fire truck destroyed by fire

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Vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm fire, 6-24-66

This from Eric Haak:

The following images were taken just after noon on June 24, 1966. The fire was in the Western Lumber Company yard at 2732 W. Madison Street and was a 5-11 +2 specials. One of the great things about these old images is that they show what many of these areas once looked like. The wider angle views show Madison looking west just before California. A few years later, this area would be decimated by the 1968 riots. The other nice thing about this series of images is that it shows the early attack in the first picture and then the Snorkels being brought in by the last picture. In that last picture, the building on the left with the Rocky’s Grill sign on it is just about the only building left standing today. Nearly every other building you see in these images are a thing of the past.

historic fire scene photo in Chicago

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic fire scene photo in Chicago with Fire Commissioner Robert J Quinn

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic fire scene photo in Chicago with wooden aerial ladder

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

historic fire scene photo in Chicago

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 10-19-90

This from Steve Redick:

Audio recording from the first 5-11 Alarm fire at Harry’s Lumber, 6220 Northwest highway on October 19, 1990

 

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Historic 3-11 Alarm for the plane crash in Chicago, 12-8-72

This from Eric Haak:

To piggyback on last week’s post, here are some very rare images from the more well known 1972 plane crash near Midway Airport. I don’t believe there needs to be too much background information given on this incident. CFD records have the still time as 2:29 in the afternoon of December 8, 1972 with the address being 3715-23 W. 70th Place. The response was held at a 3-11 alarm. These images show the recovery phase and were taken from a position that media outlets were obviously not allowed access. There were two fatalities on the ground along with 43 on-board the aircraft. Suprisingly, there were 18 survivors on the plane. There is video of this incident on Youtube but the clarity is pretty poor.

crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

United Airlines Flight 553 crashed into a row of bungalows on West 70th Place, in Chicago, while approaching Midway Airport on Dec. 8, 1972, killing 43 of the 61 persons aboard, and two in a home. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown.

crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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crash of United Airlines Flight 553 12/8/72

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Historic 5-11 Alarm plane crash in Chicago, 11-24-59

This from Eric Haak:

The following images are from the morning of November 24, 1959. TWA flight 595 experienced trouble on take off and attempted to return to Midway Airport. According to the official crash report, the pilot’s actions caused the Super Constellation to “gain an excessive rate of sink” on approach and it slammed into residences around 64th and Knox just after 5:30am (CFD records I have seen have the still time as 0524). The Chicago Fire Department’s response to this incident would eventually be raised to a 5-11. All 3 occupants of the cargo plane and 8 on the ground were killed. Firefighters working the fireground include members wearing helmets from Engines 127, 88, 97, 53, Squads 12 and 3 as well as Trucks 42 and 16. Also, Commissioner Quinn is shown standing amongst the rubble with his driver and a Chief Fire Marshall.

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Vintage photo from November 24, 1959 of a crash site near Midway Airport in Chicago of TWA flight 595. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

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Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

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Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert J Quinn

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airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-26-72

This from Eric Haak:

Just after 6:00pm Saturday evening, February 26, 1972. The address was 2825 N. Central Avenue with a fire in the 2-story Polk Brothers carpet store. It would be elevated to a 5-11 before the work was done. Tremendous smoke conditions as you would expect with that fire load. I thought the CTA bus image was interesting as customer’s faces can be seen peering out the windows. No way they would allow passengers to stay on the bus today.

The final image was an addition to last week’s post as I found this one after I submitted the others. Since there was discussion on the buggies in the last post, I figured I would send this in as it shows a different view of both the 1956 Chevrolet and the 1961 Ford. Enjoy!

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

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5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

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5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

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5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

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5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

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classic fire scene photo from Chicago

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historic Chicago fire scene photo

From the collection of Eric Haak

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm fire, 1-2-62

This from Eric Haak:

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. The first image is looking North towards the old Crane Junior College (high school still there but the building you see in the image is gone). You can also see the old Chicago Stadium off in the far distance. Second image looking across Western to the Southeast. Final image showing Snorkels working in the alley or what today would be called the “C” side. The truck company parked on Western looks to be 19 and I am only going off of what the number looks like on the door. Our staff historians will correct me if I’m wrong. If you look closely in the background, you can see the huge Phillips 66 neon sign that used to sit over the Eisenhower and the old Harris Bank Christmas billboard on top of one of the exposure buildings. Hope you enjoy this little throwback.

classic Chicago 4-11 alarm fire

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

vintage 4-11 alarm fire in Chicago 1962

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

vintage 4-11 alarm fire Chicago

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

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Historic 3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-25-79

This from Steve Redick:

This is the radio traffic from a 3-11 alarm with a disaster plan 3 at the notorious 6531 Lowe. This occurred while my dad was chief in the 12th battalion … first thing in the morning. The chief he normally relieved, Bill Foran was acting in the big buggy and had not yet been relieved so he was responding as the division marshal. The captain of truck 20, who had some classic radio replies was Richard Fitzpatrick. The voice of the englewood office was Harry Haddon back in his heyday. This building had super long hallways, masks were barely in use at this time and the people were hanging out all over the place. This was a real dandy.

historic Chicago fire scene photo

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historic Chicago fire scene photo

Standing in the window are Bill Conroy Lt Eng 84 and Dave Bukiema Lt t51. Steve Redick photo

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Chicago Fire Department history, 5-11 Alarm fire 11-14-03

This from Steve Redick:

Found an audio tape of the radio traffic from this job at 19th & Peoria that I made from a fire alarm office recording. I am also enclosing a link to the images from this job  It really is amazing how much more advanced my tools and techniques have become since taking these. As I recall TL39 lost power with the basket in a precarious position and I have images of the members stretching an exposure line to protect the  basket and ladder. I remember seeing this from the elevated portion of the Dan Ryan as I was enroute and seeing heavy flames from a square block area … what a site. Considering the massive amount of fire here there were few really good images to be had. Enjoy the history.

Steve

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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flames through the roof at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

Steve Redick photo

heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

Steve Redick photo

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

Chicago FD Squad 5A Snorkel at fire scene

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

Steve Redick photo

photo gallery from the fire

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