Posts Tagged vintage fire scene photos

Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 5)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

Chicago FD Engine 5 and Snorkel 1 working a 5-11 Alarm fire

Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago FD Truck 3 and Snorkel 1 working a 5-11 alarm fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 4)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

Steve Redick photo

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Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history (part 3)

More photos depicting the Chicago FD Snorkel 6-6-1 history

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 4/28/2007. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

3-11 on 8/30/07. Eric Haak photo

vintage Chicago fire scene with Snorkel

4-11 on 2/15/09. Eric Haak photo

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On this day … Box Alarm fire in Highland Park, 3-15-06

for #throwbackthursday, some photos from this day in history, 2006. The Highland Park FD went to a Box Alarm for fire in a classic downtown building at 430 Park Aveune.

landmark building destroyed by fire

Larry Shapiro photo

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Historic 5-11 Alarm plane crash in Chicago, 11-24-59

This from Eric Haak:

The following images are from the morning of November 24, 1959. TWA flight 595 experienced trouble on take off and attempted to return to Midway Airport. According to the official crash report, the pilot’s actions caused the Super Constellation to “gain an excessive rate of sink” on approach and it slammed into residences around 64th and Knox just after 5:30am (CFD records I have seen have the still time as 0524). The Chicago Fire Department’s response to this incident would eventually be raised to a 5-11. All 3 occupants of the cargo plane and 8 on the ground were killed. Firefighters working the fireground include members wearing helmets from Engines 127, 88, 97, 53, Squads 12 and 3 as well as Trucks 42 and 16. Also, Commissioner Quinn is shown standing amongst the rubble with his driver and a Chief Fire Marshall.

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Vintage photo from November 24, 1959 of a crash site near Midway Airport in Chicago of TWA flight 595. Eric Haak collection, photographer unknown

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Eric Haak collection

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Eric Haak collection

Firefighters work at an airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Eric Haak collection

Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert J Quinn

Eric Haak collection

airplane crash site 11-24-59 in Chicago

Eric Haak collection

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5-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-26-72

This from Eric Haak:

Just after 6:00pm Saturday evening, February 26, 1972. The address was 2825 N. Central Avenue with a fire in the 2-story Polk Brothers carpet store. It would be elevated to a 5-11 before the work was done. Tremendous smoke conditions as you would expect with that fire load. I thought the CTA bus image was interesting as customer’s faces can be seen peering out the windows. No way they would allow passengers to stay on the bus today.

The final image was an addition to last week’s post as I found this one after I submitted the others. Since there was discussion on the buggies in the last post, I figured I would send this in as it shows a different view of both the 1956 Chevrolet and the 1961 Ford. Enjoy!

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

Eric Haak collection

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

Eric Haak collection

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

Eric Haak collection

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

Eric Haak collection

5-11 alarm fire in Chicago 2/26/72 Polk Brothers Furniture

Eric Haak collection

classic fire scene photo from Chicago

Eric Haak collection

historic Chicago fire scene photo

From the collection of Eric Haak

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Chicago 4-11 Alarm fire, 1-2-62

This from Eric Haak:

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. The first image is looking North towards the old Crane Junior College (high school still there but the building you see in the image is gone). You can also see the old Chicago Stadium off in the far distance. Second image looking across Western to the Southeast. Final image showing Snorkels working in the alley or what today would be called the “C” side. The truck company parked on Western looks to be 19 and I am only going off of what the number looks like on the door. Our staff historians will correct me if I’m wrong. If you look closely in the background, you can see the huge Phillips 66 neon sign that used to sit over the Eisenhower and the old Harris Bank Christmas billboard on top of one of the exposure buildings. Hope you enjoy this little throwback.

classic Chicago 4-11 alarm fire

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

vintage 4-11 alarm fire in Chicago 1962

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

vintage 4-11 alarm fire Chicago

January 2, 1962. Western at Harrison @ 8:30 am. Fire was in the 3-story Acorn Luggage factory and went to a 4-11. Eric Haak collection

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Glencoe Public Safety Department history

This from Larry Shapiro:

While digging through some old images, I came across these three shots spanning thirty years or more of Glencoe engines at fire scenes.

American LaFrance 900 Series engine on scene

Glencoe Engine 87, a 900 Series American LaFrance at a fire scene with Winnetka’s mid-ship American LaFrance aerial. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe Fire Department Public Safety Department fire engine at work

Glencoe Engine 30, a Pierce Saber on scene. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe Fire Department Engine 30 at a fire scene

Glencoe Engine 30, a Pierce Saber using a deck gun at a fire in 2013. Larry Shapiro photo

Glencoe FD engine 30 E-ONE Typhoon

Glencoe FD Engine 30, an E-ONE Typhoon at a fire scene in 2016. Larry Shapiro photo

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Vintage Chicago 2-11 Alarm fire – December 1989

This from Steve Redick:

This was an interesting fire. December 1989, a 2-11 at 1705 N Talman. I happened on this in the early stages. Occupants still in the exposure building were just exiting out the back under heavy fire conditions. They lost water for some reason and the back end of the two  dwellings really took off. I helped the engineer of 35 make another hydrant down the block after things went sour. After all was said and done I smelled something burning and discovered my knit hat was burning as was my hair from a flying ember!

Steve Redick

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

vintage photo of fireman on a ladder

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

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Chicago 2-11 and then 3-11 Alarm fires, 10-20-15 (part 4)

Images from Steve Redick of the fire at Harry’s Lumber October 19, 1990.

huge lumber yard fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

huge lumber yard fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

huge lumber yard fire in Chicago

Steve Redick photo

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