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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.

historic massive fire in Chicago in 1965

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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Historic Chicago fire photos

This from Eric Haak:

This week I thought I would share one image from four different incidents. The first is a 5-11 at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59. The building was going to be demolished for the construction of the Dan Ryan.

A 5-11 Alarm fire at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59

A 5-11 at 29th and LaSalle Streets on 8/26/59. The building was going to be demolished for the construction of the Dan Ryan. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The second is a 5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64. A pillow manufacturer!

5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64

5-11 +1 Special at 3616 S. Iron on 4/4/64. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The third is a 5-11 at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64 and was part of the infamous 72 Hour Alarm.

5-11 Alarm fire at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64

5-11 Alarm fire at 1816 S. Clark on 11/14/64. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

The final is a 3-11 at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66. Safe to say we will rarely ever see fires like these again. It was a different time

3-11 Alarm fire at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66

3-11 Alarm fire at 4201 S. State on 8/2/66. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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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, 6-26-91

This from Eric Haak:

This week’s blast from the past is a 5-11 from June 26, 1961. The address was 2600 S. State Street with the fire breaking out on the top floor of the 7-story, Douglas Hotel around 1:45 in the afternoon. The building at one time was a grand hotel from the 1890’s but had fallen in esteem, along with the neighborhood, and was functioning as an SRO with over 500 residents at the time of the fire. The first image is looking west across State. The last image is looking south down State Street and the Dearborn Homes housing project can be seen in the background. Three of the four Snorkels were used at this fire and two Jeep pressure rigs can be seen in the images. Enjoy!

Chicago FD Hi-Ranger Snorkels at historic fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

Chicago FD Hi-Ranger Snorkel at historic fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

Chicago FD Hi-Ranger Snorkel at historic fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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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

Eric Haak collection

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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4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-14-62

This from Eric Haak:

The images below show the scene from Valentine’s Day, 1962. The 4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street broke out around 11:15 in the morning. About and hour and a half later, companies were working in the interior of the third floor when things began to crumble around them. At approximately 12:45, Commissioner Quinn ordered the men out of the building as the roof began sagging. As the men made their way out, the west wall and roof caved in, taking three men with it. 52 year-old Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau Robert O’Brien and 43 year-old Battalion Chief Thomas Hoff were buried under debris in the basement. Chief Hoff’s driver, Edward Stack, was also taken down by the collapse but managed to escape unhurt by rolling through a first floor doorway. An inquest made into the cause of the deaths of Chief’s O’Brien and Hoff’s was inconclusive as to the cause of the fire, although at the time, it was thought to have been a faulty furnace in the basement. Chief O’Brien was a childhood friend of Mayor Daley and grew up five doors down from the Daley family on Lowe Street.

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4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street in Chicago February 14, 1962. Photographer known, from the collection of Eric Haak.

historic Chicago fire scene photo

4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street in Chicago February 14, 1962. Photographer known, from the collection of Eric Haak.

historic Chicago fire scene photo

4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street in Chicago February 14, 1962. Photographer known, from the collection of Eric Haak.

historic Chicago fire scene photo

4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street in Chicago February 14, 1962. Photographer known, from the collection of Eric Haak.

historic Chicago fire scene photo

4-11 Alarm fire at 1365-75 East 70th Street in Chicago February 14, 1962. Photographer known, from the collection of Eric Haak.

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Fire calendar features local photographers

Quarto Publishing has released their 2018 calendar Fire Trucks in Action which once again features area fire scenes from local photographers mixed in with shots from throughout the country. Chicago, Cicero, Long Grove, South Holland, Dolton, Wheeling, and Glenwood are included. Photos included this year are by Eric Haak, Gordon J. Nord, Jr., and Larry Shapiro.

Fire Trucks in Action 2018 calendar

Fire Trucks in Action 2018 calendar

Fire Trucks in Action 2018 calendar

Fire Trucks in Action 2018 calendar

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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

Eric Haak collection

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

Eric Haak collection

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

Eric Haak collection

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

Eric Haak collection

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

Eric Haak collection

classic fire scene photo from Chicago

Eric Haak collection

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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