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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Austin Lawler:

I came across this great photo on vintage tribune’s Instagram page. Looks like one heck of a fire. Enjoy

historic Chicago fire photo Gotham Industries

from Vintage Tribune on Instagram

Flames and smoke rise from the windows at the Gotham Industries, Inc. plant at 540 N Orleans Street on Feb. 9, 1965. More than 80 employees fled without injury. The company manufactured plastics for the kitchen and other housewares. Dense smoke blocked the Ontario Street entrance and Ohio Street exit to the Kennedy expressway. Ramps were opened in time for evening rush-hour traffic. Photo by Philip Leavitt

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Our Lady of the Angels anniversary

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Saturday marked 60 years since 92 students and three nuns were killed in a fire at the Our Lady of the Angels school on Chicago’s West Side when a fire broke out in the basement of the school shortly before classes were dismissed for the day.

The victims were remembered at church services and other memorials across the city. Although much time has passed since 1958, the memories and the pain are still fresh. Each year, family members of those who lost their lives, along with survivors come together at Holy Family Church to remember and honor the victims.

Survivor Serge Uccetta was only 12 years old and a student at Our Lady of Angels at the time, but he was one of the lucky ones. The building was a firetrap. As the flames and smoke spread, the second floor corridor became impassable, leaving the windows – 25 feet above the ground – as the only possible escape.

Many survivors keep the experience to themselves, still too painful to share all these years later.

 

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New Chicago Fire Department replica model

This from Fire Replicas:

Take home a piece of Chicago Fire Department history! This 1:50 scale museum grade replica of Chicago’s 1925 Seagrave Water Tower 2 is hand-crafted using over 560 intricately detailed parts and includes a display-ready, custom case. Production is limited, so don’t delay.

Production of CFD Water Tower 1 will be limited to no more than 300 units. Fire Replicas are designed with the elite collector in mind, and manufactured in limited quantities to enhance future value.

Chicago 1928 Seagrave Water Tower #1 replica model from Fire Replicas

1:50 scale model of 1928 Chicago Water Tower 1 from Fire Replicas 

 

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 5-27-67

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5-27-67, 5-11  at 4523 Lexington

historic 5-11 alarm fire scene in Chicago

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Chicago Fire Department history

This fro Dan McInerney:

Chicago Fire Department
1554hrs: Special duty, : E50, 1559hrs: T18, E16, Bn18
Approx 51st Street
Norfolk Railroad Operations complex 3/2/97

This was a fire in a crane unit that moved intermodal containers around. E50 eventually needed to be supplied, so they used T18 (notice the outriggers ­čÖé ) to run a line.

I can’t for the life of me remember how we drove into the yard, but we beat E50 in. We had full access to the incident, and several NS yard employees watched. Now days if you tried this, they’d send a SWAT team after you.

intermodal yard crane fire

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intermodal yard crane fire

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intermodal yard crane fire

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Chicago FD Engine 50

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Chicago FD Engine 16

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Chicago FD Truck 18

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5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Specials in Chicago, 6-24-64

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5-11 & 2 Specials 2732 Madison 6-24-64

5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Specials in Chicago 6-24-64

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Chicago Fire Department history

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Liquor store October 1970

vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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vintage Chicago fire scene photo from a Liquor store fire October 1970

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Chicago Fire Department history

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Armory 1552 S. Michigan Ave

historic photo from a fire in Chicago at Armory 1552 S. Michigan Ave

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Chicago Fire Department history (more)

More from Dan McInerney:

On March 14, 1997, myself and a group of firebuffs from out of town visited Engine 91, Squad 2, and Battalion 7. Cortez Holland was the squad company officer that day, and couldn’t have been nicer. Shortly after our visit, he got promoted to BC. They pulled the rig around the to the parking lot and gave us rides in the Snorkel. We then took in a still on Fullerton with them and the 7th, which turned out to be nothing. Afterwards, we drove by E124’s house just as they were starting a drill with T38. We also showed them the T58 memorial park.

Chicago FD Battalion 10

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Chicago FD Engine 91

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Squad 2

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Chicago FD Truck 38

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Chicago FD Truck 38

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Chicago FD Truck 38

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Chicago FD Truck 58

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Chicago FD memorial mural

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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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