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Vintage extra alarm fire in Chicago

This from Steve Redick:

April 1961 issue of The ADT Transmitter magazine had this CFD classic image on the cover. Overall in decent shape but I did a bit of restoration. The original Snorkel is on the left. Anyone recognize the fire?

original Snorkel at work in Chicago

April 1961 issue of the ADT Transmitter

From Steve Redick 11/10/17:

5-11 + 1 special, 162 N. Clinton, 12/26/1960

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Vintage Chicago 5-11 Alarm fire, 4-26-62

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a few images from Thursday, April 26, 1962. The fire was a 5-11 +1 special at 2710 S. Throop St. The building was owned by the National Plywood Company and sat on the eventual path of the Stevenson Expressway. During the early 1960’s, there were several large arson fires in buildings that were scheduled to be demolished to make way for the Dan Ryan and Stevenson. I don’t know if this was the result of arson but the expressway would be built very soon after. Also, it is interesting to note that this was literally a block south of Engine 28’s current house which would be constructed a year or so later. Still time is recorded as being 1:36 in the afternoon.

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Vintage 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago 4/26/62

Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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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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