Stockyard Fire Nearly Repeated

Stockyard Fire Nearly Repeated

Almost to the minute which marked the anniversary of the Chicago Stockyards fire of May 19, 1934, a 2-alarm fire within a quarter mile of the starting point of the $8,000,000 conflagration caused damage of $5,000 and overcame five firemen before the stubborn blaze was subdued.

Captain David Hackett of Engine 52 and four pipemen of his command were overcome by fumes from burning leather in a shoe store at 4713 South Ashland Avenue Situated between two large frame buildings, firemen struggled desperately to prevent the spread of the flames.

Captain Hackett staggered to the street and collapsed at the feet of Michael Corrigan, Chief Fire Marshal, who, because of the proximity of the stockyards, had responded on the second alarm. Captain Canaven, of Squad 3, led his men into the basement effecting the rescue of the other members of Engine 52. The five were first given oxygen as an emergency measure and then removed to hospitals.

Nine pumpers, four trucks, two squads two high-pressure wagons, a water tower, three insurance patrols, three Battalion Chiefs, a Division Marshal and Chief Corrigan fought the fire nearly two hours before the fire was “struck out” over the fire department telegraph system.

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