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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

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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

This from Steve Redick:

Another famous and tragic incident. A gasoline tanker leaked and caught fire in the alley at 801 W. 49th Place, Mickelberry Food Products, resulting in a tremendous explosion killing four¬†members and several¬†civilians. My dad was on SS3 and responded. He told me of wading through waist deep water, covered in gasoline in the basement, shutting off utilities as ordered. He often said they were lucky no one was hurt during this operation and they never should have been down there in the first place. This was well after the explosion. They didn’t arrive until later in the fire. The audio can be heard HERE.
Steve
Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

Mickelberry Food Products fire in Chicago February 7 1968

Warren Redick collection

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