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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-12-18 (more)

audio recording of Chicago Fire Department radio communications from the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-12-18 on Lake Street and Cicero Avenue.

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Box Alarm fire in Des Plaines, 1-10-18 (more)

More from the Box Alarm fire in Des Plaines, 1-10-18 – photos and audio recording

Niles FD Truck 2

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Maine Scrap Metals fire

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Des Plaines FD Tower 63

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Chicago FD Squad 7A

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Des Plaines FD Engine 63

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Niles FD Truck 2

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Des Plaines FD Tower 61

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Commercial building fire in Des Plaines, 12/29/17 (final)

audio from the Commercial building fire in Des Plaines, 12/29/17

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-9-82

This from Steve Redick:

I opened the archives again. This fire was in a 4-11 in a huge, u-shaped apartment building at 3348 N. Central 9/9/82.
 
Some voices: call taker FAO George Mazurek; Kenny Little dispatching the units, and those with sharp ears will recognize Roger Thompson later in the incident.
 
I took this in and have a few images, some are a little iffy in terms of quality but worth a look. They brought the turret wagon into the courtyard but as I recall they didn’t use it. This was a tough and nasty job.

Steve

vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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Chicago FD turret wagon at a fire

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 3

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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vintage Chicago fire photo

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vintage Chicago fire photo with Snorkel 2

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Vintage 4-11 Alarm fire 1441 S Wabash, 8-11-83

 

This from Steve Redick:

This was a real dandy. The Fire Alarm office calltaker and dispatcher was the late Dick Hyland. You can also hear Bob Phelan as well as Matt Tomlin briefly on the radio and Al Andersen was the switchboard guy that handled most of the radio stuff. I took this job in. What a night this was! The DDC was Ed Altman way before his commissioner days and the responding District Chief was Louis Galante (which explains why this wasn’t a 5-11). Some other voices you may find familiar Jim Corbett on truck 12, Bob Welch as “3a”, Bill O’Boyle on Squad 1.
 
I’m sure there are many more to be recognized upon further review. This fire turned into a real spectacle. It ignited a scrapyard at 14th & State that went to a box and it also burned up El ties along the tracks for about 2 blocks. To top it off Snorkel 1 got stuck in the partially raised position and members had to be rescued via ground ladder as the radiant heat was getting brutal. After the building collapsed they found a guy who was sleeping in a vehicle next to the fire building who had to be extricated with a hurst tool since the car was squashed by the falling wall.

I was standing too close at the time of the collapse and as I was running saw a member get knocked down by flying bricks. I believe he broke his leg … a narrow miss for me.  This was a real all time classic job. I will never forget it.

Steve

massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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massive fire in Chicago

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Historic Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire, 5-23-82

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5-23-82, Conrad Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue:
This was quite the event. As I recall this was an arson fire set by a prostitute over a payment dispute. It could have been a disaster. Higgins was in the 1st Battalion and he always got the crazy incidents when he was working. You can hear Art Benker in the office, and also a brief appearance by “Brush Fire Bill” as the commissioner. I think I might have heard Bob Raicia (yes sir senator) in the mix as well….

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

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

 

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Box alarm fire in Schaumburg, 8-12-17

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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

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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Chicago FD Squad 5A Snorkel at fire scene

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massive fire burns in warehouse at night

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photo gallery from the fire

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Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-19-17 (more)

Chicago FD radio traffic from the Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 3-19-17

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