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Breaking: High Rise Fire Chicago 12/06/04
12/06/04 | GRRRRR

Posted on 12/06/2004 5:15:28 PM PST by GRRRRR

A high rise in the Chicago Loop at 135 S. LaSalle has at least one floor on fire. Live shots show a raging fire through the windows.

This is the LaSalle Bank Building. Began just after 1830h.

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KEYWORDS: chicago; fire; highrise; turass
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1 posted on 12/06/2004 5:15:29 PM PST by GRRRRR
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To: GRRRRR

Prayers,How many Stories?


2 posted on 12/06/2004 5:16:28 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: GRRRRR
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3 posted on 12/06/2004 5:16:48 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: cmsgop

ALL RIGHT!! The first Chicago highrise fire brought about the birth of how SERIES it was.


4 posted on 12/06/2004 5:17:35 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: GRRRRR

Wow, nice caps!


5 posted on 12/06/2004 5:17:47 PM PST by JennysCool (A plan is not a litany of complaints)
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To: GRRRRR

Hmm -- this building have a name, or just an address?


7 posted on 12/06/2004 5:18:50 PM PST by JennysCool (A plan is not a litany of complaints)
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To: cmsgop

At least 34, people were able to get down the stairs from Floor 34, sooty and smoke-eaten...

Sounds like everyone got out OK as far as the reporters know at this time.

Perimeter being set up by CFD about two blocks around this structure.

Flames are now starting to come OUT the windows...

The number of people seen coming out of the building was only about a half dozen...business day over pretty much...


8 posted on 12/06/2004 5:18:59 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: cmsgop

45 stories I think I heard it was on the 29th floor


9 posted on 12/06/2004 5:19:10 PM PST by justkillingtime
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To: William Creel

Anyone have a live TV link for us out-of-towners?

God Bless the firemen and people in the building.


10 posted on 12/06/2004 5:19:28 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: JennysCool

Shoot, never mind. Wasn't paying attention.


11 posted on 12/06/2004 5:20:05 PM PST by JennysCool (A plan is not a litany of complaints)
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To: William Creel

Just talked to my daughter, who works in the building across the street. It's at La Salle and Adams...3 people treated for injuries (assume smoke inhilation)...one victim unconscious. Fire on about 29th floor...calls have been made from inside the building on cell phones...no word on how many (if any) people are above the 29th floor (above the fire).


12 posted on 12/06/2004 5:20:17 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; Cindy; Revel; Alabama MOM

Ping


13 posted on 12/06/2004 5:21:44 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Today, please pray for God's miracle, we are not going to make it without him.)
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To: GRRRRR
Let's hope the sprinklers are working and the exit doors aren't blocked.
14 posted on 12/06/2004 5:22:03 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: GRRRRR
Here is a live cam from the building:
http://www.instacam.com/showcam.asp?id=CHC04&size=S - plewis1250
15 posted on 12/06/2004 5:22:45 PM PST by plewis1250
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To: GRRRRR

Good job!


16 posted on 12/06/2004 5:22:49 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: plewis1250

Thanks!


17 posted on 12/06/2004 5:23:31 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: hole_n_one
Image #1

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18 posted on 12/06/2004 5:23:37 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: William Creel
The building is the LaSalle National Bank Building.

The LaSalle National Bank Building? This doesn't sound like terrorists, it sounds more like when the Rose Law firm in Little Rock had a convient fire.

19 posted on 12/06/2004 5:23:39 PM PST by xJones
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To: GRRRRR

ABC has it on even in LA.

Turn to your local news channel.

They just said that the fire is not taking up the entire floor, so hopefully people are able to get out.


20 posted on 12/06/2004 5:24:20 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: stratocaster

Fire on south side of the building on 29th floor. It's an old concrete, kind of art-deco building. The steel and concrete structure will keep the fire from spreading. Reports of people hanging out a window on the 24th floor might indicate that smoke has filled the staircases


21 posted on 12/06/2004 5:24:42 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: Midwestguy

ping


22 posted on 12/06/2004 5:25:05 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: xJones

The EAST side of the building, according to WLS TV is showing the flames from the windows...the west and other sides just have smoke coming out the windows.

No sign of fire fighters in the floor below, the lights are still on in the windows in the floor below...nothing like smoke etc. from burning thru.

More to come...


23 posted on 12/06/2004 5:25:25 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: GRRRRR

Probably not, but what crosses my mind anyway is…somebody trying to burn evidence? Just a crazy thought.


24 posted on 12/06/2004 5:25:52 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GRRRRR

Thanks for posting the pictures too.


25 posted on 12/06/2004 5:25:57 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: OXENinFLA
Let's hope the sprinklers are working and the exit doors aren't blocked.

From the looks of that blaze its safe to say there aren't any sprinklers or they are definitely not working.

Totally unnecessary for this to be happening in 2004.

26 posted on 12/06/2004 5:26:14 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: GRRRRR
This is too weird. Just in the last few days I heard on the radio (NYC) how people were selling legacy Chicago Fire (the big one) souvenirs on e-Bay. Why would this be on the radio, anyway?

The thought crossed my mind that that kind of nothing story was like a signal. Then I said to myself, that's silly.

27 posted on 12/06/2004 5:27:22 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Freepalogues Rule.)
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To: GRRRRR

Sirens and fire alarms were sounded in the building.
People exited down the stairs.
Announcements over loudspeakers told people to HOLD where they were at the time.
The lady speaking said they CHOSE to IGNORE and kept going down the stairs...they went to the Adams side of the building but the DOORS WERE LOCKED because it was after working hours...!!!

From NBC WMAQ TV 5 interview...


28 posted on 12/06/2004 5:27:46 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: FairOpinion

WBBM-FM reporting possibly 7 people trapped above the fire on upper floors


29 posted on 12/06/2004 5:28:12 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: xJones

I posted my reply before I read yours. I'm glad I have company in this matter.


30 posted on 12/06/2004 5:29:11 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Thanks, I just saw it on the news too.

People still calling in to 911 from the building.

They are in need of assistance on the upper floors.

Prayers for them all.


31 posted on 12/06/2004 5:29:36 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: GRRRRR

I'm watching ABC also...looks to me as though its dying out though, reporter just stated he doesnt think anyones trapped,lets hope not!


32 posted on 12/06/2004 5:29:56 PM PST by justkillingtime
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To: William Creel
There are reports of people inside the building. Witnesses have said people are waving their hands out windows, and an NBC5 cameraman has reported flames coming out of windows.

Oh L-rd, please save these precious people. :o(

33 posted on 12/06/2004 5:30:52 PM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Compare this pic to the ones above, you can see the fire is DOWN very much over the prior pics...no info about sprinklers functioning OR if Firefighters are on the floor knocking the fire down from INSIDE? NO fire is seen breaking thru to the floor below and there is little smoke coming out at this time. G

34 posted on 12/06/2004 5:31:11 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: Rome2000

Every high rise today has sprinklers..they're all been retrofitted..you couldn't get a Cof O, or insurance..or tenants today without it..


35 posted on 12/06/2004 5:31:40 PM PST by ken5050
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To: FairOpinion
Gonna be a tough battle to fight this one.

Standpipes all the way, I don't think the aerial ladder trucks are going to be of much use.

36 posted on 12/06/2004 5:32:12 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: GRRRRR

People still calling for help from floors 26,27, 29, 30 and the roof.


37 posted on 12/06/2004 5:32:14 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: justkillingtime

I work at 115 S. LaSalle (Harris Bank), Channel 7 is reporting that smoke has gotten into our building. I wonder if we will have to put our disaster recovery plan into action tomorrow.


38 posted on 12/06/2004 5:32:30 PM PST by sharkhawk (It's 5 O'clock somewhere)
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To: Rome2000
From the looks of that blaze its safe to say there aren't any sprinklers or they are definitely not working.

Totally unnecessary for this to be happening in 2004.

Specially in Chicago, they just had a big fire not long ago in a state building.

39 posted on 12/06/2004 5:32:57 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Velveeta

Several more people being treated for smoke inhilation. One just taken away in ambulance. Still fire and lots of smoke. Trust Dept. of La Salle Bank. Fire spread very quickly. As many as 40 people in a conference room on the 35th floor evacuated the building safely. 45-story building. Fire on the 29th floor.


40 posted on 12/06/2004 5:32:59 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: ken5050

This is an "older building" don't know the age at this time.
Last year, the Cook County Building fire took place and I think 6 or 9 people died.

There were NO sprinklers in that building at the time.
I think the law allows some buildings to exist with no sprinklers in this City.

Since the Cook County building fire, ALL buildings in Chicago have been required to provide electronic blue prints to the CFD so they can properly map each floor and when people call in, what the exact locations are...

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41 posted on 12/06/2004 5:34:36 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: stratocaster

Fox just said it was three alarm


42 posted on 12/06/2004 5:35:29 PM PST by fastattacksailor (Free KoolAid for all DUmmies!)
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To: ken5050
Not true at all.

There are plenty of high rises without sprinklers all over the country.

If this building had working sprinklers this would never have gotten this large.

43 posted on 12/06/2004 5:35:52 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: JustPiper

Ping


44 posted on 12/06/2004 5:36:15 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: GRRRRR

LaSalle National Bank

Chicago IL United States


Status: built
Construction Dates
Started: 1931
Finished: 1934
Floor Count: 45
Building Uses
• office
Structural Types
• highrise
Architectural Style
• art deco
• art moderne
Materials
• steel


Heights Value Source / Comments

Roof 163.0 m


Description
Architect: Graham Anderson Probst and White

This is built on the site of the world's first skyscraper, The Home Insurance Building http://www.skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=10370


45 posted on 12/06/2004 5:37:06 PM PST by Nexus
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To: GRRRRR

True---

The only exceptions are schools (because of the Our Lady of the Angels ("OLA") fire of 1 December 1958.

All schools had to be retrofitted--no matter if they had been previously Grandfathered.


46 posted on 12/06/2004 5:37:21 PM PST by fastattacksailor (Free KoolAid for all DUmmies!)
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To: Rome2000

I ask this question out of ignorance (ignorance is salvageable; stupidity is forever). About aerial ladders…I thought their reach was only 10 stories. Am I wrong?


47 posted on 12/06/2004 5:37:21 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GRRRRR

Thta's very surprising..this is downtown LOOP, right..well..it is Chicago..the council will be a fun place tomorrow..


48 posted on 12/06/2004 5:37:23 PM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050

Chicago's ordinance exempts office buildings erected prior to 1975. That's why the County bulding (where I work) burned.


49 posted on 12/06/2004 5:38:11 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: Rome2000

I stand corrected. The code in NYC was changed long ago..


50 posted on 12/06/2004 5:38:16 PM PST by ken5050
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