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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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To: ken5050
You're being logical, remember this is Chicago.
101 posted on 12/06/2004 6:00:23 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: TexKat
"The announcement said the fire was on the 29th floor, and it said for us to stay still and not to move," another woman who escaped from the building said. "We decided to just leave, despite the instructions."

Good idea. They also told the people in the WTC to stay put.

102 posted on 12/06/2004 6:01:48 PM PST by Moonman62 (Federal Creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it.)
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To: Chi-One

Media briefing at street level in a few minnutes.


103 posted on 12/06/2004 6:02:17 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: GRRRRR

I just cannot understand the stupidity of those who insist on locking building fire escapes.


104 posted on 12/06/2004 6:02:26 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Moonman62

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.


105 posted on 12/06/2004 6:04:17 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: GRRRRR

5-alarm fire.


106 posted on 12/06/2004 6:04:36 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (George W. Bush -- The Terror of the Terrorists)
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To: GRRRRR

Thank you for the photo. Yes, the fire seems to have diminished from the prior photos. Thank you again.


107 posted on 12/06/2004 6:04:49 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

SORRY FOR PICTURES DROPPING OUT...I've exceeded my bandwith of 200meg downloads for the day...wowow, that was quick...

GRRRRR


108 posted on 12/06/2004 6:05:16 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: GRRRRR
ABC7 Video Clip:

Fire rages in Loop high-rise

109 posted on 12/06/2004 6:07:11 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: GRRRRR

Firefighters visible on the two floors below 29.


110 posted on 12/06/2004 6:07:27 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: Moonman62
Good idea. They also told the people in the WTC to stay put.

Why isn't announcing directions NOT to evacuate a felony in every state?

111 posted on 12/06/2004 6:07:46 PM PST by konaice
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Actually it looks like the fire is spreading to surrounding offices, but not going up any floors


112 posted on 12/06/2004 6:08:30 PM PST by sharkhawk (It's 5 O'clock somewhere)
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To: konaice

8 people taken to area hospitals with minor smoke inhalation- via AP.

Watching this on live feed..5 alarms now.


113 posted on 12/06/2004 6:09:12 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: TexKat

Great vidio.


114 posted on 12/06/2004 6:09:21 PM PST by stockpirate (Check out my bio and learn about sKerry and his Socialist friends.)
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To: Rome2000; OXENinFLA
From nbc5.com [local station in Chicago I do believe].

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.

115 posted on 12/06/2004 6:09:32 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: TexKat

WBBM-TV/DT Chicago Live Stream linked from story at http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_341202525.html


116 posted on 12/06/2004 6:09:33 PM PST by mhking (Vote for Ramblings' Journal for best conservative blog @ http://2004weblogawards.com/)
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To: GRRRRR

The pictures were good. Thank you.


117 posted on 12/06/2004 6:09:38 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: konaice

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.


118 posted on 12/06/2004 6:10:11 PM PST by sharkhawk (It's 5 O'clock somewhere)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

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.


119 posted on 12/06/2004 6:10:14 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: TexKat

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...

G


120 posted on 12/06/2004 6:11:17 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Reporting that fire is progressing - in 10 windows now (was 5).


121 posted on 12/06/2004 6:11:24 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: GRRRRR

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.


122 posted on 12/06/2004 6:11:29 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: sharkhawk

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...


123 posted on 12/06/2004 6:11:46 PM PST by edmond246 (*With that much B.S. you've gotta flush both the Johns*)
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To: Rome2000

Thank you for your reply. I needed to know.


124 posted on 12/06/2004 6:12:33 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

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.


125 posted on 12/06/2004 6:12:58 PM PST by xJones
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To: edmond246

These old buildings are plenty tough. Remember, the fire wasn't helped along with jet fuel.


126 posted on 12/06/2004 6:13:41 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: konaice
Why isn't announcing directions NOT to evacuate a felony in every state?

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.

127 posted on 12/06/2004 6:13:53 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (www.Hillary-Watch.org)
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To: xJones

Yep...interesting...it's going horizontal..


128 posted on 12/06/2004 6:15:11 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: MediaMole

true true, jet fuel was an issue, what is that on drudge about an explosion?


129 posted on 12/06/2004 6:16:42 PM PST by edmond246 (*With that much B.S. you've gotta flush both the Johns*)
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To: Chi-One

Did I just hear the reporter on ABC7 say the skyscraper is the first skycraper ever. Built in 1885? Is that correct?


130 posted on 12/06/2004 6:18:31 PM PST by vezke
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To: GRRRRR
This building used to be known as the Field Building (as in Marshall Field, whose estate developed the building). The ugly sculpture in the foreground ;-) is the Picasso on the Plaza.


131 posted on 12/06/2004 6:19:15 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: vezke

That's a little off, the building was built in the early 1930s on the site of the first skyscraper.


132 posted on 12/06/2004 6:20:28 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: mhking

Thanks for the link mhking.


133 posted on 12/06/2004 6:21:05 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: edmond246

Now a 5-11 alarm fire...not telling what is going on deeper into that floor...

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134 posted on 12/06/2004 6:21:33 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: GRRRRR

1965 builing. No sprinklers.


135 posted on 12/06/2004 6:21:52 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: vezke

She was TOADALLY wrong...way off...

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136 posted on 12/06/2004 6:22:29 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: vezke

12 injured

8 sent to hospital

according to NBC5


137 posted on 12/06/2004 6:22:42 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: GRRRRR

Pretty sad, since I work downtown Chicago in the Prudential Building.


138 posted on 12/06/2004 6:23:28 PM PST by A. Morgan ( If I wanted to see Horsesh*t, I could go out to the barn and see it for free.)
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To: Petruchio

5 alarm now, have to wonder if the fire is moved into the core of the building?


139 posted on 12/06/2004 6:24:12 PM PST by Midwestguy
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To: GRRRRR

What is a 5-11 alarm fire? IPN is reporting that also and saying they're requesting two more truck companies.


140 posted on 12/06/2004 6:24:38 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: TexKat

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!!


141 posted on 12/06/2004 6:24:40 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: Chi-One

Thanks for the ping. Deja vu feeling


142 posted on 12/06/2004 6:25:13 PM PST by Midwestguy
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To: GRRRRR

Why so much hype over this fire? It seems limited to a single floor and perhaps 1 or 2 offices.


143 posted on 12/06/2004 6:25:31 PM PST by montag813
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To: Petruchio

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...

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144 posted on 12/06/2004 6:27:04 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

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.

145 posted on 12/06/2004 6:27:10 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: montag813
Why so much hype over this fire?

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.

146 posted on 12/06/2004 6:27:31 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: GRRRRR

They still not have been able to put any water on the fire.


147 posted on 12/06/2004 6:28:28 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: montag813

a 511 is not nothing and a dozen ambulances


148 posted on 12/06/2004 6:28:35 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: GRRRRR

As of now, still no water has been put on fire according to CBS2.


149 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:05 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: SlowBoat407

you tell em' SB


150 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:09 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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