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Vintage Chicago fire scenes

This from Steve Redick:

a nice shot from a hotel fire on Montrose ave, a high-rise spectacular on south shore drive (many fires in that joint) and a tragic fire at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. My dad and I took this in, I remember seeing the bedsheets hanging out the windows.

News clipping from a fire at the Montclair Hotel at 835 W. Montrose Avenue in Chicago

News clipping from a fire at the Montclair Hotel at 835 W. Montrose Avenue in Chicago. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a fire in a high-rise apartment building at 6730 South Shore Drive in Chicago, April 12, 1970

News clipping from a fire in a high-rise apartment building at 6730 South Shore Drive in Chicago, April 12, 1970. Warren Redick collection

News clipping from a fire in a high-rise apartment building at 6730 South Shore Drive in Chicago, April 12, 1970

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News clipping from a fire in a high-rise apartment building at 6730 South Shore Drive in Chicago, April 12, 1970

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A fatal fire at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago January 25, 1970

A fatal fire at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago January 25, 1970. Warren Redick collection

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Vintage Chicago fire scene: 3-11 alarm in 1970

More newspaper articles from Steve Redick of a fire in December of 1970, a 3-11 alarm at 316 N Michigan … lower level

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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historic Chicago newspaper article

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Vintage Chicago fire scenes from 1966

This from Steve Redick:

Scanned in a couple of more incidents …

January 11, 1966 4-11 alarm 28 E Jackson

January 10, 1966 4-11 106th & Calumet River  Grain Elevator

what a coupla days!!!

Steve
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January 11, 1966 4-11 alarm 28 E Jackson. Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago newspaper article

January 11, 1966 4-11 alarm 28 E Jackson. Warren Redick collection

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January 11, 1966 4-11 alarm 28 E Jackson. Warren Redick collection

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January 10, 1966 a 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at 106th & Calumet River in a Grain Elevator. Warren Redick collection

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January 10, 1966 a 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago at 106th & Calumet River in a Grain Elevator. Warren Redick collection

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A request for assistance

This from John Lake:

I had two uncles who were both Chicago firemen and avid photographers.  I just stumbled across your site and wonder if there is any chance that someone can identify the events in these photos.
Thanks.
?? - Chicago warehouse fire - Fire Boats in action
?? - Chicago warehouse fire 1
?? - Chicago warehouse fire 2

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Vintage Chicago fire scene …

This from Steve Redick:

I just returned from Arkansas … I brought back the rest of my father’s fire collection and was surprised to find this. A 5-11 and 4 Specials at 32nd Place & Bensen. I remember dad took this in while I was at school, and I hadn’t seen this photo for many years. I believe the snorkel setting up may have been SS-1. Most of the shots of this fire I have seen are black & white.

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Vintage CFD photos – 5-11 Alarm, July 1970

This from Steve Redick:

I came across some photos in my collection recently. They may have been taken by Jack Connors, not sure who I got them from. This was a 5-11 and 1 special at 1748 N Ashland on July 6, 1970. The next day, Snorkel 7 was operating on the ruins when a wall collapse occurred and struck the basket. Jack Walsh was killed. They later made this into a park but if fell into disrepair so the memorial marker was moved to engine 55’s house where it is now well cared for. These photos show the extent of the damage to the rig and gives us an idea what a horrible tragedy this was.


Who is the “big buggy” standing next to Quinn and the very 70’s TV Reporter?

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert J Quinn

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fire truck crushed by brick wall collapse

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fire truck crushed by brick wall collapse

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fire truck crushed by brick wall collapse

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fire truck crushed by brick wall collapse

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Vintage CFD fire photos

More from the collection of Bill Friedrich

Historic Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire on 64th Street

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Historic Chicago fire photo from 1982

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Historic Chicago fire photo featuring Snorkel

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Vintage CFD Fire Photos

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1954 Skid Row fire on Madison Street in Chicago

Historic fire photo of the Chicago Fire Department at 4750 Broadway in 1963 at Adam's restaurant

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Vintage CFD Fire Photos

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1953 Chicago Fire Department Colismos Theater fire

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Vintage CFD Fire Photos

Steve Redick has compiled a collection of vintage photos of fires in Chicago from the 50s and 60s. He has shared many which will be posted periodically. Where possible, he has labeled the relevant information about each incident and the source of the photo.

historic photo of major fire in Chicago

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Historic photo of major fire in Chicago

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