HISTORIC FIRES

historic fire scene photos from many years ago

Some shots from a 4-11 at Hastings and Wolcott in Chicago. It was a barrel works as I recall and the embers from this drifted a block away and burned out some rooms on the top floor of an occupied apartment building. I forget it’s exact location. We ran down there just as the companies arrived. It may have been a box or maybe they just grabbed units from the 4-11. Truck 1 was used here with their brand new E-One rig with the pre-piped waterway. This was November 1989.

Steve Redick

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

vintage Chicago fire scene photo

Steve Redick photo

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

fireman on ladder at house fire

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

Steve Redick photo

heavy flames at night fire scene

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Saturday (2/13) is the 45th anniversary of the fire and explosion at 6117 N Elston Ave in Chicago which resulted in the line of duty deaths of CFD Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer.  Both men were inside of the A. A. Englehardt Heating and Appliance Dealership when an explosion sent the roof crashing down on them.  I just happened to recently acquire these color photos of the search for these men as well as the removal of FF Dyer in the final image.  The battalion chief seen looking toward the camera in the one image is Battalion 22.  Also Commissioner Quinn can be seen in the background of the one image.  The photographer was George Mars Cassidy.  Thought I would share these as I do believe they may not have been seen by the public before now.

Eric Haak

News clipping from a tragic  fire and explosion at 6117 N Elston Ave on February 13, 1971

Warren Redick collection

2-13-71 fire scene in Chicago - line of duty deaths of Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer

George Mars Cassidy photo

Warren Redick collection

Warren Redick collection

2-13-71 fire scene in Chicago - line of duty deaths of Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer

George Mars Cassidy photo

2-13-71 fire scene in Chicago - line of duty deaths of Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer

George Mars Cassidy photo

2-13-71 fire scene in Chicago - line of duty deaths of Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer

George Mars Cassidy photo

2-13-71 fire scene in Chicago - line of duty deaths of Lieutenant William Quinn and Firefighter Martin Dyer

George Mars Cassidy photo

Warren Redick collection

Warren Redick collection

Warren Redick collection

Warren Redick collection

 

Just thought I would share these rare images of Truck 60 making a rescue on November 11, 1972.  These images were taken by Sylvester Szymczak who was a professional photographer that lived in the neighborhood.  He took some very good photos of the Central Manufacturing District fire as well, probably since he lived so close.  I bought a collection of prints taken by him and recognized the buildings in this rescue as being about two blocks from my current home.  A couple years later I came across a Truck 60 log book and in it, found the entry for this fire as shown in the last image.  From what I have been able to research, the rescued victim survived.  The ambulance pictured is Ambulance 12.

Eric Haak

historic Chicago fire scene photo

Sylvester Szymczak photo

Sylvester Szymczak photo

Sylvester Szymczak photo

historic fire scene image of a victim rescue

Sylvester Szymczak photo

historic fire scene image of a victim rescue

Sylvester Szymczak photo

historic fire scene image of a victim rescue

Sylvester Szymczak photo

historic fire scene image of a victim rescue

Sylvester Szymczak photo

historic fire scene image of a victim rescue

Sylvester Szymczak photo

Vintage log book from Chicago FD Truck 60

Vintage log book from Chicago FD Truck 60

Newspaper clippings from 1966 in Chicago:

January 11, 1966 4-11 alarm at 28 E Jackson

January 10, 1966 4-11 alarm at 106th & Calumet River in a grain elevator

From the collection of Warren Redick

historic Chicago newspaper article

January 11, 1966 a 4-11 alarm fire at 28 E Jackson in Chicago. Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago newspaper article

Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago newspaper article

Warren Redick collection

historic Chicago newspaper article

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

historic Chicago newspaper article

Warren Redick collection

I starting scanning old 35mm photos of fires I have been to over the years and came across these.

This is the River North Art Gallery Fire at 361 W. Superior St. on April 15, 1989. This fire was a 5-11 and either one or two specials. I heard Aerial Tower 3 box it, grabbed my camera and headed for the fire. By the time I got downtown the fire was already a 4-11.

Jim Skrabel, Darien-Woodridge F.P.D.

massive warehouse fire in Chicago

Jim Skrabel photo

massive warehouse fire in Chicago

Jim Skrabel photo

massive warehouse fire in Chicago

Jim Skrabel photo

massive warehouse fire in Chicago

Jim Skrabel photo

massive warehouse fire in Chicago

Jim Skrabel photo