Skip to comments.Breaking: High Rise Fire Chicago 12/06/04
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.
Prayers,How many Stories?
ALL RIGHT!! The first Chicago highrise fire brought about the birth of how SERIES it was.
Wow, nice caps!
Hmm -- this building have a name, or just an address?
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...
45 stories I think I heard it was on the 29th floor
Anyone have a live TV link for us out-of-towners?
God Bless the firemen and people in the building.
Shoot, never mind. Wasn't paying attention.
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).
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.
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.
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
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...
Probably not, but what crosses my mind anyway is somebody trying to burn evidence? Just a crazy thought.
Thanks for posting the pictures too.
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.
The thought crossed my mind that that kind of nothing story was like a signal. Then I said to myself, that's silly.
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...
WBBM-FM reporting possibly 7 people trapped above the fire on upper floors
I posted my reply before I read yours. I'm glad I have company in this matter.
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.
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!
Oh L-rd, please save these precious people. :o(
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
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..
Standpipes all the way, I don't think the aerial ladder trucks are going to be of much use.
People still calling for help from floors 26,27, 29, 30 and the roof.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Fox just said it was three alarm
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.
LaSalle National Bank
Chicago IL United States
Floor Count: 45
Heights Value Source / Comments
Roof 163.0 m
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
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.
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?
Thta's very surprising..this is downtown LOOP, right..well..it is Chicago..the council will be a fun place tomorrow..
Chicago's ordinance exempts office buildings erected prior to 1975. That's why the County bulding (where I work) burned.
I stand corrected. The code in NYC was changed long ago..
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