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3-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 4-14-87

Images and gallery from Steve Redick for #TBT

3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87 at 1406 S. Halsted

3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87 at 1406 S. Halsted

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Chicago FD Truck 1 Hendrickson Morita ladder at a 3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87

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Chicago FD Engine 18 at a 3-11 Alarm fire 4/14/87

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Vintage Chicago fire scene photos with Snorkels at work

This from Eric Haak:

For this week I thought I would offer a bunch of Snorkel images and one Autocar. Image 1 is from a 2-11 at 4440 W. Madison on September 23, 1959. The building to the right is still there but the rest of it is all gone. Image 2 shows an Autocar working at a 2-11 at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959. This was during the pre-Dan Ryan days and Wentworth Avenue can be seen in the background. Image 3 is interesting because this fire was just outside of Engine 48’s quarters at 3950 S Dearborn. It was a 5-11 on October 11, 1959. For those who are familiar with Engine 16’s old house on Dearborn (same house), you can see the bottom of the railroad bridge at the top of the image, so this was literally right outside of 48’s apron. Image 4 is from a 3-11 at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 showing Snorkels 1 and 2 working together. Image 5 again shows Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 bowling alley fire on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Finally there is an image of a 4-11 from August 17, 1967. This building was on the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton and was the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Happy Thanksgiving to all!”

vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkel 3

2-11 Alarm fire at 4440 W. Madison in Chicago on September 23, 1959. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago fire scene from 1959

An Autocar engine working at a 2-11 Alarm fire at 4615 S. Wells on October 5, 1959 in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire photo with Chicago FD Snorkel #2 in 1959

A 5-11 Alarm fire on October 11, 1959 at 3950 S Dearborn Street in Chicago. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

vintage fire showing Chicago FD Snorkel 2 and Snorkel 3

A 3-11 Alarm fire at 4314 S Cottage Grove on February 8, 1961 in Chicago. Eric Haak photo, photographer unknown

vintage photos of Chicago FD Snorkel2 and Snorkel 3

Vintage photo of Chicago FD Snorkels 2 and 3 working together at a 4-11 Alarm fire at a bowling alley on March 27, 1961. The address was 3818 W 26th St. Eric Haak collection , photographer unknown

vintage 1967 Chicago fire scene with multiple Snorkels working

A 4-11 Alarm fire on August 17, 1967 at the northeast corner of Wentworth and Cullerton at the International Heater Company supply warehouse. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

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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, 2-17-74 (more)

This from Eric Haak:

Here are six images of the well documented fire at the International Harvester Works at 26th and Rockwell back in the early 1970s. Included is a nice image of Big John working with the county courthouse in the background. I also thought it was an interesting image showing them cooling off the buildings from the radient heat. In the image that shows Engine 18 in front of the building, it is hard to see but a firefighter is holding a small child in his arms and the kid is wearing a firefighters costume. That kid probably still remembers being there even though he looks like he couldn’t been more than 5 at the time. Enjoy!

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Chicago FD Deluge Wagon 6-7-1- Big John

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

5-11 Alarm fire 2-17-74 in Chicago at the International Harvester Works 26th and Rockwell

February 17, 1974 5-11 and 2 Specials 26th & Rockwell. 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 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

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

massive fire in Chicago

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Historic fire Hubbard Street fire with multiple LODD, 1-28-61 (more)

This from Steve Redick:

While looking through my dad’s scrapbook stuff I found this issue of Fire Engineering magazine with an excellent write up on the tragic Hubbard St fire. This incident has been well discussed over the years but I know this will be new to many of you.  This is a great example of what a good fire magazine article should be.

Steve

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Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

 

Vintage article from Fire Engineering Magazine on the Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

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More on this fire can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Historic 5-11 Alarm fire at the Ford City Shopping Center in Chicago, 4-2-68

This from Steve Redick:

April 2, 1968, just days before the riots erupted. A 5-11 and 3 or 4 specials for a fire in a massive building. The press coverage with the spectacular large format cover photo is sadly a thing of the past now. I have enclosed one of Dave Fornell’s images from that day.

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed mcCormick Place in Chicago on February 13, 1971

Warren Redick collection

News clipping from an historic fire that destroyed the Ford City shopping center 4-2-68

Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago fire apparatus battle huge fire

Dave Fornell photo

 

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Vintage Chicago Fire at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill, 3-18-70

This from Steve Redick:

Found this clipping of the first use of the new Big John

Steve

News clipping from a huge fire at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill in Chicago 3-18-70

News clipping from a huge fire at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill in Chicago 3-18-70. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a huge fire at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill in Chicago 3-18-70

News clipping from a huge fire at the Dixie Portland Flour Mill in Chicago 3-18-70. Warren Redick collection

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Historic fire Hubbard Street fire with multiple LODD, 1-28-61

This from Eric Haak:

I thought I would pass along these images of the Hubbard Street fire.  There are many images known of this incident, but a few of these may not have been well circulated.  The first image is a common one of the front of the building before the collapse.  I believe this image was taken facing north from under the railroad bridge.  Image 2 shows the position of Snorkel 1 in the alley.  Images 3 and 4 are of the ruins and I believe they were taken facing south from the Grand Avenue bridge.
An interesting side note is image 5 which is blown up from image 3.  It shows an Ahrens-Fox engine being used to supply the high pressure rig.  If I am wrong about any of these descriptions, please let me know as I have always wanted to understand these images and where they were taken.  I own the original negatives for all four of these images and do not know who the original photographer was.
Hubbard Street fire in Chicago

Historic Hubbard Street fire in Chicago that killed nine firefighters, 1-28-61. Eric Haak collection

Eric Haak collection

Eric Haak collection

Ruins of the Hubbard Street fire

Ruins of the Hubbard Street fire. Eric Haak collection

Ruins of the Hubbard Street fire. Eric Haak collection

Ruins of the Hubbard Street fire. Eric Haak collection

Chicago FD Ahrens Fox engine and high-pressure wagon at the scene of the Hubbard Street fire

Chicago FD Ahrens Fox engine and high-pressure wagon at the scene of the Hubbard Street fire. Eric Haak collection

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