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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

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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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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

Photos from Steve Redick of the 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 

Saturday early am at 26th & Kostner. Large vacant industrial building well involved on arrival. Several collapses occurred early in the incident. Access was good with large vacant lots on 2 sides of the complex. Several tower ladders and master streams were used. Most of the building was down by the time I arrived, the uninvolved section later burned in spectacular fashion a few hours after I “picked up”. There was no indication at the time I left that the fire had invaded that area. All the images and video can be seen here

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Chicago FD Snorkel Squad 1A

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Chicago FD Engine 96

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Chicago FD Engine 38

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Chicago FD Turret Wagon 6-7-3

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Chicago FD reserve Snorkel 6-6-1

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

Photos from Tim Olk at the 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39

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van crushed by falling bricks

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rainbow at fire scene

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39

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Chicago FD Engine 107

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 39

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Chicago FD Engine 107

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firefighters use deck gun at huge building fire

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Chicago FD Commissioner Jose Santiago

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Chicago FD Squsd 1A

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

Some short video segments from Tim Olk of the 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

 

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

Video from Steve Redick of the 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16 (more)

More images from Josh Boyajian of the 5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16

I got an early jump on the 5-11 this morning. As soon as i got to Ogden & Austin, I could see the glow and header. Place was really rocking. I took numerous photos that i will be uploading to my site in the next couple days. Here are a few good ones i edited this morning. I left around 0400, and it looked to be, the other half of the building burned after i left.
Chicago FD Engine 99 at a massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Squad 1A Snorkel

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Chicago FD Engine 38 at a massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Engine 38 at a massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14 at a massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14 at a massive warehouse fire in Chicago

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 11-5-16

Some early images and video from Josh Boyajian at the 5-11 Alarm fire this morning (11/5/16) at 2559 S. Kostner

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt16)

It’s the fire that just keeps giving …

This image from TIm Olk at 9PM on Monday …

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Earlier this evening. Tim Olk photo

 

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt13)

More images still from the ruins of Tuesday’s 5-11 Alarm with 2 Specials at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue. Larry Shapiro this time has images from the beginning of the demolition on Friday.

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Heavy fire still burning in the basement under the debris. Larry Shapiro photo

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A wrecking company begins dismantling the front wall of the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo

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An excavator clears debris on the south side of the building along 38th Street. Larry Shapiro photo

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A large wall section is torn free from the building. Larry Shapiro photo

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Rolled hose on the tailboard of Engine 39 as they return to quarters. Larry Shapiro photo

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The interior of an adjacent vacant building from the same era. Larry Shapiro photo

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The exposure building to the south sustained minor damage as a result of the fire at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue. Larry Shapiro photo

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The south wall collapses as the crane works. Larry Shapiro photo

Water dripping from the rear discharge on Engine 39 froze. Larry Shapiro photo

Water dripping from the rear discharge on Engine 39 froze. Larry Shapiro photo

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People continue to stop by the ruins to photograph the building covered with ice. Larry Shapiro photo

A streetlight on 38th Street that melted from the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

A streetlight on 38th Street that melted from the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

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A water stream can be seen from the 3rd floor of the building to the north as it is directed into the center of the ruins. Larry Shapiro photo

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A large wall section is removed as the painstaking process of carefully dismantling the building proceeds. Larry Shapiro photo

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A wall section on the northwest corner of the building encased in ice allows a view of smoke rising from the center of the building. Larry Shapiro photo

A large gallery of images from the ruins of Chicago’s 5-11 Alarm fire can be found at shapirophotography.net.

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Chicago 5-11 Alarm + 2 Specials 1-22-13 (pt12)

Media articles covering the 5-11 Alarm fire with 2 Specials at 3757 S. Ashland Avenue on January 22nd.

The first from Fox32 talking about Turret Wagon 6-7-1 “Little Mo”:

The massive warehouse fire in Bridgeport started up again Thursday, prompting firefighters to break out a piece of equipment that hasn’t been on the streets in decades.

The Chicago Fire Department’s deluge units are the stuff of legend, featured in classic videos. They’re mostly out of service nowadays, except for one: Little Mo.

“It is the last of the big pieces of apparatus we have left, there used to be Big John, there used to be Big Mo, and now we have Little Mo,” CFD Commander Dan Swift explains.

Firefighters decided to break out Little Mo Thursday morning, after the massive Bridgeport warehouse fire started to burn again.

Little Mo is an old mac truck from the late 1960s, equipped with two turret water guns and room for up to ten hoses. It pumps up to 5,000 gallons of water a minute, compared to just 1,500 gallons a minute from an engine truck.

“It’s one of a kind,” Swift says of Little Mo. ” It’s the last one around, but obviously it’s still useful, we can bring it out here today and still make good use of it.”

So far, firefighters have poured more than a million gallons of water on that smoldering warehouse. That’s enough to fill a pool as big as a football field ten feet deep.

The entire article with video is HERE.

The Chicago Tribune has an article touching on the fire’s origin:

Investigators today determined the blaze that gutted a nearly 100-year-old Bridgeport warehouse began when someone started a fire — but while police are investigating, the determination does not mean the fire was an arson.

The Office of Fire Investigations conclusion came as crews began demolishing the warehouse at 3757 S. Ashland Ave., gutted by the largest fire to hit the city in seven years.

“The Office of Fire Investigation has determined the cause of the 5-11 Fire on Ashland to be open flame ignition of available combustibles,’’ said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

“In layman’s terms, that means something that was burning such as a flame or match got near something that would burn,’’ Langford said.

Langford said the building had no gas or electric service and no one was known to be living there. But the night of the blaze, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago told reporters that in the past, firefighters had been called to the warehouse for small fires caused when squatters lit fires to stay warm.

Tuesday night, a Fire Department battalion chief spotted smoke from the blaze as he drove past around 9 p.m. A third of the department’s on-duty personnel were called to fight the fire, fed by century-old support timbers. Crews have remained there since, dousing flames from the smouldering debris.

Records show the owner of the building is 3737 Ashland LLC, which is controlled by North Development. North Development’s president, Calvin Boender, is in federal prison for bribing former 29th Ward Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers.

City officials had sued the owners of the warehouse in 2011 for leaving the vacant building open and dangerous, seeking to demolish it. But the owners registered it as a vacant building and corrected code violations.

The complete Chicago Tribune article is HERE.

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