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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

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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

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

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classic fire scene photo from Chicago

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historic Chicago fire scene photo

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

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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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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-15-17

This from Eric Haak:

Engine 47 landed at 6416 S. Cottage Grove Avenue at about 4:50 Saturday morning (7/15) and reported heavy fire on the second floor and through the roof and asked for the box. Ten minutes later, Battalion 5 reported they had heavy fire through the roof and that they were completely defensive. It was elevated to a 2-11 a few minutes later. There was a 2-11 in the building next door on July 8, 2012 and pictures of that incident can be seen in the archives of this site.

Chicago fire trucks at a 2-11 alarm fire

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Engine 84

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 37

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Chicago FD Squad 5 at work

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Working fire in Harvey, 7-14-17

This from Eric Haak:

The Harvey Fire Department had an interesting afternoon Friday (7/14). The department was first dispatched at about 12:15 to 14631 S. Halsted Street where they had a 2.5-story, 25×50 frame apartment building with heavy fire and exposures on arrival. Ten minutes later, companies reported there was another structure going at 14538 S. Union Street. This second fire was a 1.5-story, 24×45 frame home and was heavily involved just about a block away. A total of 4 alarms were struck to take care of both incidents which also took into account several departments taking passes according to radio traffic. I took this in 2 hours after the initial call figuring I would just do some reporting on the incident and maybe take some pictures of the rigs on scene. I did not take any pictures of what was left of the home on Union and what you see is what remained of the building on Halsted.

aftermath of house fire

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Dolton FD Truck 1443

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Harvey FD Engine 5

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Harvey FD Engine 6

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Thornton FD Engine 777

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Harvey FD Engine 4

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aftermath of house destroyed by fire

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Working fire in Chicago, 7/9/17

This from Eric Haak:

Just a few images from a working fire on Sunday morning (7/9). When I was a block away, there was still some fairly heavy smoke coming up from the home and I was coming from about 4 miles away. Needless to say, companies made quick work of this attic fire.

Chicago FD Engine 54

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firefighters raise a ground ladder at a house fire

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firefighters overhaul after attic fire

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firefighters on aerial ladder

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Chicago firefighters at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 129

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Working fire in Chicago, 6-23-17

This from Eric Haak:

The 24th Battalion had a small fire Thursday afternoon (6/23) at 11006 S. Green Bay Road. Although I knew the fire was going to be out long before I could get there, I continued in to get some images of a few rigs that don’t go to work too often.

Chicago FD Engine 104

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Chicago FD Engine 104

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Chicago FD Engine 74

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Chicago FD Engine 74

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Chicago FD Truck 61

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Dive Box in Blue Island, 6-18-17

This from Eric Haak:

Here are some images I took at Blue Island’s Dive Box at Ashland Avenue over the Calumet River on Sunday morning (6/18). Don’t know if the original call was someone who had jumped in from the bridge or just someone who fell in. Companies worked the area for several hours but came up with nothing at the time of me writing this. Thought I would share images of some rigs and equipment that were on scene.

FD divers looking for a body in the water

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Blue Island FD boat and diver rescue

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Palos FPD boat and diver rescue

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Lemont FPD Water Rescue Unit

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Frankfort FPD dive team unit

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fire department dive rescue units

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Mokena FPD Squad 91

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Crestwood FD Ambulance 2312

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FD divers looking for a body in the water

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As seen around … Manhattan

This from Eric Haak:

I took advantage of a slow Saturday (6/17) to go see some rigs that I do not normally get an opportunity to see. Far south suburban Manhattan Fire Protection District was training in a fairly large late-1800’s farm house which is currently owned by the park district. Once the training was over, the old house was burned to the ground. It was kind of an interesting setup as there was a historic round barn which needed to be protected so they had Peotone’s Truck 14 set up and ready just in case of an emergency.

old museum burns to the ground

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building fully engulfed in flames

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Peotone FPD fire truck

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Peotone FPD fire truck

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fire trucks at fire scene

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Frankfort FPD fire truck

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Manhattan FPD fire engine

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