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.
Good idea. They also told the people in the WTC to stay put.
Media briefing at street level in a few minnutes.
I just cannot understand the stupidity of those who insist on locking building fire escapes.
I thought of the same thing. That would have been me to get out despite what I was told. Might not always be the wisest, but I'm not hanging around.
Thank you for the photo. Yes, the fire seems to have diminished from the prior photos. Thank you again.
SORRY FOR PICTURES DROPPING OUT...I've exceeded my bandwith of 200meg downloads for the day...wowow, that was quick...
Firefighters visible on the two floors below 29.
Why isn't announcing directions NOT to evacuate a felony in every state?
Actually it looks like the fire is spreading to surrounding offices, but not going up any floors
8 people taken to area hospitals with minor smoke inhalation- via AP.
Watching this on live feed..5 alarms now.
The building is the LaSalle National Bank Building, which is a 45-story building built in 1934 -- before sprinklers were required on every floor in high-rises.
Maybe it has some sprinklers, maybe it has none. I don't know for sure.
WBBM-TV/DT Chicago Live Stream linked from story at http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_341202525.html
The pictures were good. Thank you.
Because you can end up going down the wrong staircase near the fire and end up dying of smoke inhalation. That's what happened to people in the 69 W. Washington tragedy.
This thing seems to be burning to the left, not the right, and not up or down. You can see firefighters with flashlights on the floor above and below. G*d keep them safe.
It has been 59 weeks since the Cook County building fire.
There is STILL no ordinance requiring sprinklers to be installed in older buildings.
There is video shots now of CFD in the windows in the floors directly below the fire. They are apparently trying to connect hoses to the standpipes on the floors below to start working to knock the fire down on the 29th floor.
The Chicago City Council is still fighting about the ordinance for retrofitting buildings. The cost, as quoted, on WLS is about $350 per square foot for sprinkler retro fits.
AP news reporting 8 people injured, smoke inhalation...
Still no visual evidence on the TV shots of fire fighting on the fire floor...doesn't mean it's not happening, we just don't see any white steam smoke coming out of the window shots...
Reporting that fire is progressing - in 10 windows now (was 5).
LaSalle Bank is a HUGE sponsor of the Chicago Marathon and at least one PGA event that I know of, not to mention funding for the arts in Chicago.
hmm...how about the structral safety of the buliding. if it's an oldie, how stable is it if the corner of it burns? 45 people up above is bad...but how about those below with a possibly collapisable corner. and why is the media being pushed back...and back...
Thank you for your reply. I needed to know.
I seriuosly doubt that terrorists would go after the LaSalle Bank Building in Chicago. It's not big, it's not worth the trouble. Something else is going on.
These old buildings are plenty tough. Remember, the fire wasn't helped along with jet fuel.
Well, I know that on 9/11, the people in the south tower of the WTC were told to stay put *before* their tower was hit. The reasoning behind that was it was full of maybe 20,000 or more people, and with the chaos surrounding the evacuation of the north tower (the one that was hit first) and flaming debris (not to mention people jumping from the north tower, and there were many of them) falling all over the place, they didn't want to add to the sheer volume of people out there.
Yep...interesting...it's going horizontal..
true true, jet fuel was an issue, what is that on drudge about an explosion?
Did I just hear the reporter on ABC7 say the skyscraper is the first skycraper ever. Built in 1885? Is that correct?
That's a little off, the building was built in the early 1930s on the site of the first skyscraper.
Thanks for the link mhking.
Now a 5-11 alarm fire...not telling what is going on deeper into that floor...
1965 builing. No sprinklers.
She was TOADALLY wrong...way off...
8 sent to hospital
according to NBC5
Pretty sad, since I work downtown Chicago in the Prudential Building.
5 alarm now, have to wonder if the fire is moved into the core of the building?
What is a 5-11 alarm fire? IPN is reporting that also and saying they're requesting two more truck companies.
Fire is now moving to the right, although it looks like an office was skipped. This is all about the fire ratings of the walls and ceilings. No water on the fire that I can see.
This building has been studied by CFD and an attack has been pre-planned. Come on CFD!!
Thanks for the ping. Deja vu feeling
Why so much hype over this fire? It seems limited to a single floor and perhaps 1 or 2 offices.
Ironically, there is a meeting this Friday to discuss the new, proposed fire, sprinkler ordinances for the City of Chicago.
Another window, this time to the right of the original five has now gushed outward with flames and thick black smoke...
More CFD vehicles are now showing up, special care teams for the fire fighters and any victims. "Rehab" and nutrition for the fire fighters, there are 100-150 CFD responding to this 5-11 alarm fire, the largest alarm the CFD can call, according to WLS-TV.
CFD fire fighter brought out with oxygen mask to his face, overcome with smoke...
The ugly sculpture in the foreground ;-) is the Picasso on the Plaza.
I was there the day they unveiled that thing back in the late 60's.
I was a little kid and it was pretty perplexing to see the cover come off and be told I was looking at a duck.
Any high-rise fire is going to get attention, first because of controversy over the ability to fight such fires, and second because of 9/11. This would have been big news even without fears of terrorism.
They still not have been able to put any water on the fire.
a 511 is not nothing and a dozen ambulances
As of now, still no water has been put on fire according to CBS2.
you tell em' SB