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1/3 Of Chicago Firefighters Fight 5-11 Fire  
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Chicago Firefighters are fighting a huge, 5-11 fire in the Bridgeport neighborhood; according to The Chigago Tribune, the fire broke out in one of two empty warehouse buildings, sometime after 9 pm Tuesday night; They also report that one third of Chicago's on duty firefighters are battling the blaze.

The link below will take you to a bunch of pictures taken at the scene.

http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-511-fire-20130122/


Charley


Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5099 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

God, I've fought fires in that kind of weather. One or two "through the roof", but nothing that big. The water spray freezes your gear as soon as you move away from the heat. Between the weight and rigidity, you can't move and you tire out quick.

I hope those guys keep it all in perspective and remember that nothing in that warehouse worth the life of a firefighter...or anyone else for that matter.



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User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2569 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

What a fire. Hope they manage to contain it before it spreads to the building next door

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 1):
The water spray freezes your gear as soon as you move away from the heat.

Some amazing pics of frozen water on the windows and walls.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 1):
I hope those guys keep it all in perspective and remember that nothing in that warehouse worth the life of a firefighter...or anyone else for that matter.

I was thinking the very same thing; ( my step son is a firefighter); I think what they're worrying about in Chicago is the thing spreading to other structures; it already "jumped" from the first warehouse to the second one; my wife was born and raised in Chicago, and she told me that all of the buildings in that area are over a hundred year old, wooden beam construction. it's sure bad to have to fight something like that in below zero weather. I didn't hear what the temp was in Chicago, but I'm near Terre Haute, 200 miles south, and it's zero here.

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5099 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

Exposure control is going to be a bitch if the buildings are close together. The cold weather (13 F) works in their favor and reduces radient (or is it infrared) heating, but in the cold, dense air, any embers will be playthings for the wind.


When seconds count...the police are minutes away. Never leave your cave without your club.
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15503 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 3):
my wife was born and raised in Chicago, and she told me that all of the buildings in that area are over a hundred year old, wooden beam construction.

Bridgeport is an old industrial and working class neighborhood, so I imagine most of the buildings are older. Looking at the address on the internet there appear to be residential buildings across the street.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4849 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

I believe that was the old Speigel mail order companies warehouse. They went out of business about 20 years ago.
Bridgeport has gone through a bunch of renovation over the past 20 years or so. Old buildings and warehouses have been torn down and replaced with new housing for it's residents. And they even have a very nice (and large) Bridgeport Museum too.

The area is heavily populated with Irish-Americans and many of the residents work for the city of Chicago in the CFD or CPD positions. Bridgeport is also the area the original Mayor Daley and his son came from.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

Here's another link; this one's a video.

The Trib is saying the building that burned down was the former Harris-Marcus Group building, at 3757 S. Ashland Ave.
The CFD is saying that it was the biggest fire they've had in 7 years.

I didn't watch the video (thanks to my half-assed satellite internet connection) (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...warehouse-20130122,0,1503582.story


Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

I just received this link from The Commodore in Australia; I've never copied a link from an IM before, so we'll see if it works; if it won't "work", try copying it and pasting it to your browser; he tells me it's a really neat video of the burned out building all covered in ice.

I've been trying all evening to find one in the Chicago newspapers with no luck, now we get one from Australia! (I hope it works)

Charley

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a4c_1358968598



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2569 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 8):
I've been trying all evening to find one in the Chicago newspapers with no luck, now we get one from Australia! (I hope it works)

Charley

Sorry Charley

Didn't see that you had already posted a link some 5 hours ago.

Yours is much better video and more detailed.
Anyway thought you might not have seen it yet. I'm behind the times !

cheers



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4849 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):
The Trib is saying the building that burned down was the former Harris-Marcus Group building, at 3757 S. Ashland Ave.

I only saw the photo of the building burning and it looked like Spiegel's warehouse. But that's on 35th St. That's on the western edge of Bridgeport. But as stated earlier that area is full of warehouses and years ago used to be big in manufacturing as well.

On the corner of 34th & Racine there used to be a huge automotive store and warehouse that was once a brewery. Years ago a friend of mine had a summer job there. In the basement were tons and tons of new parts for Model A's, Model T's, all kinds of antique cars that the parts never sold, so they have been sitting on the shelves for 80 years or so. I visited the place with him one time and it was just massive. Five stories tall and 1/2 a city block in size. It was all filled with rows and rows of shelves and all the shelves on each floor was filled with auto/truck parts. But I looked at Google maps about a year ago and the building is now gone and new homes sit on that lot.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Two new developments in the big Chicago warehouse fire from last week; it was burning again last night; a Fire Chief driving past at 9 PM Mon. evening noticed smoke, and a ladder truck was dispatched to the scene to deal with it;

Also; a local resident has just reported that the building isn't IN Bridgeport, it's IN McKinley Park.

It seems that the building's owners have hired a demolition company, and they have already commenced tearing the remaining structure down. That activity have caused some concerns by local residents that the arson squad has had insufficient time to complete a thorough investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
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