Ladder Breaks at Chicago Fire Owing to the breaking of a 50-foot extension ladder, an unconscious man being carried from a fire in a four story brick rooming house in Chicago on March 26 was precipitated to the ground and suffered severe head injuries. Two firemen on the ladder sustained slight bruises. The ladder broke when a lieutenant and two privates, carrying the unconscious man from the fourth floor of the building, were near the ground. One of the men managed to catch a nearby ladder, and was saved from falling; the others fell with the victim. The fire originated in the cellar of the building and heavy smoke communicated to the upper floors, trapping fourteen men and women. These were all rescued safely by the firemen, except the man injured by the fall of the ladder.