Thanks to Steve Redick for submitting this: 6-22-53, 4-11 Alarm fire at 2349 Harrison Street in Chicago
Chicago FD Engine 52, a classic conventional FWD pumper working at an extra alarm fire in 1958
Fire destroyed a commercial building belonging to Kellenberger Plumbing at 37W507 Big Timber Road in unincorporated Elgin, IL – the Rutland-Dundee Township FPD 4/24/19.
more photos and a video at chicagoareafire.com
Historic photos from Steve Redick of Chicago’s 85′ Snorkel at work during a 5-11 Alarm fire at 615 W. 81st Street 8/1/87.
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.