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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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To: montag813

Well, it's in a major metropolitan American city.
It is continuing to spread, on a single floor.
Chicago had a high rise fire just over a year ago, major SNAFU with the Fire Dept and poor communications and some 6 or 9 people wound up dying because they were told to stay put..

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151 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:15 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: GRRRRR

They just confirmed no water on the fire yet...still in staging phase.


152 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:31 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: TexKat

one of the TM'rs lives down there


153 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:33 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: Rome2000
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.

It's a baboon, not a duck. It could be anything.

154 posted on 12/06/2004 6:29:44 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: mhking

Wow!...

Watching it right now.
Thanks for the link (and the Internet)


155 posted on 12/06/2004 6:30:06 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: SlowBoat407

Fire Dept update says 2 firefighters have been transported out in "red condition" all other people who've been transported have been in "yellow condition"


156 posted on 12/06/2004 6:30:13 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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To: montag813

With a screen name like yours, you should be pretty versed on the newsworthiness of fires. ;-)


157 posted on 12/06/2004 6:30:21 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: GRRRRR

2 Firefighters have red condition. live news conference on all local channels


158 posted on 12/06/2004 6:30:25 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: TexKat

Does that mean search and rescue are preventing an attack on the fire?


159 posted on 12/06/2004 6:30:49 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: GRRRRR

Just got home...I run the marathon (sponsored by ABN AMRO LaSalle) every year....hope none of the injured are seriously hurt.


160 posted on 12/06/2004 6:31:02 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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18 transported


161 posted on 12/06/2004 6:31:23 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: montag813

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

Not a very bright post :P



162 posted on 12/06/2004 6:31:31 PM PST by AlexW
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To: MediaMole

"It's a baboon, not a duck."

You're all wrong! Peasants! it's upside down!!!


163 posted on 12/06/2004 6:31:43 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: JustPiper

Prayers for them


164 posted on 12/06/2004 6:32:09 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Per CLTV:

3 firefighters transported in critical condition


165 posted on 12/06/2004 6:32:58 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: JustPiper

CFD spokesman says 18 transported for smoke inhalation..
2 FF are in serious condition.
No fatalities reported, yet.


166 posted on 12/06/2004 6:33:09 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: Velveeta

Prayers lifted.


167 posted on 12/06/2004 6:33:58 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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To: Velveeta
I couldn't find any tenants of note, but I did find a judgment awarding the building several thousand dollars compensation for overpayment of a crude oil purchase sometime in the 1970's.
168 posted on 12/06/2004 6:34:06 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: GRRRRR

2 fire fighters injured. Search and recovery still in process.


169 posted on 12/06/2004 6:34:06 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: Velveeta

creepy like the County Bldg


170 posted on 12/06/2004 6:34:17 PM PST by JustPiper (NoE-the Enemy !!!)
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To: GRRRRR

So, the little square is the building, and the red "x" is the fire?


171 posted on 12/06/2004 6:34:25 PM PST by moonhawk (Al Quaqa hits fan, Kerry splattered.)
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To: Rome2000; OXENinFLA

It was built before sprinklers were required


172 posted on 12/06/2004 6:34:42 PM PST by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: prairiebreeze

RED Condition, per CFD is serious condition.

"Five-eleven alarm fire with TWO SPECIAL alarms" have been called.

Everyone who has worked in the building continue to state there are no sprinklers in that building. I have heard some other channels saying there ARE sprinklers in the building, but the people who work there, say NO.

Fire is apparently spreading across the entire floor now, to the other side of the building, the west side is smoking more now.

YOu can still see CFD working in the two floors directly under the fire..opening windows it looks like.

Another window on the fire floor to the right of the others, is now gushing fire.


173 posted on 12/06/2004 6:35:23 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: xJones
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.

Thank you for your reply. Actually, I was thinking of internal U.S.A. local hoods. But as I said, it was a crazy thought on my part.

174 posted on 12/06/2004 6:36:37 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GRRRRR

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175 posted on 12/06/2004 6:36:59 PM PST by mhking (Vote for Ramblings' Journal for best conservative blog @ http://2004weblogawards.com/)
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To: GRRRRR

Anyone know what a "Special Alarm" means? Assume it's request for more help? Is it specialized help?


176 posted on 12/06/2004 6:37:00 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: Chi-One
They are running out of time here, they need to do something about getting water on the steel columns.

There are 15 stories of weight above them, and the steel will start to get real soft in the next half hour or so.

177 posted on 12/06/2004 6:37:08 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: GRRRRR

Another office to the right is now involved. Seems like clockwork. Come on CFD!!!


178 posted on 12/06/2004 6:37:27 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: GRRRRR

The fire has been burning for 2 hours now? Is that what I heard?


179 posted on 12/06/2004 6:37:30 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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To: GRRRRR

Greta is going to have the fire on Fox.


180 posted on 12/06/2004 6:38:05 PM PST by Deetes
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To: prairiebreeze

Yes, it apparently was first called in just about 1830 hrs, 630PM Central time...

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181 posted on 12/06/2004 6:38:19 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: GRRRRR

Are there not water sprinklers in this building? I can't imagine a fire that isn't being fueled by gas or other accelerants continuing to burn as the video shows if the sprinklers are operating. Those things put out A LOT of water.


182 posted on 12/06/2004 6:39:00 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: montag813
Why so much hype over this fire? It seems limited to a single floor and perhaps 1 or 2 offices.


183 posted on 12/06/2004 6:39:17 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: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Are there not water sprinklers in this building?

No, none.

184 posted on 12/06/2004 6:40:19 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: Mad_Tom_Rackham

There are NO sprinklers in the building. Built in 1930 to 1934. There is NO ordinance in Chicago mandating retrofitting older buildings with sprinklers, but there is ANOTHER meeting on Friday to review...how timely of them...


185 posted on 12/06/2004 6:41:20 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: TexKat

Looks to be intensifying in the windows on the right side of screen.


186 posted on 12/06/2004 6:41:27 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

The building was completed in 1934. City ordinance exempts office buildings erected prior to 1975.


188 posted on 12/06/2004 6:42:00 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: edmond246
why is the media being pushed back...and back...

That is standard emergency operating procedure. Media is generally cordoned while an emergency situation is ongoing. Besides, the Chicago network affiliates all have helicopters and that's how they're getting the majority of their video.

189 posted on 12/06/2004 6:42:02 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("There's nothing more dangerous than a wounded mosquito." - Roy Spim, AKA Eric Idle)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

There is no water on this fire yet...they are still prepping/staging to fight it...and rescuing people in the building...and there are no sprinklers- it's an older building.


190 posted on 12/06/2004 6:42:15 PM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: plymaniac
Does that mean search and rescue are preventing an attack on the fire?

That means they are searching for people that may be trapped.

191 posted on 12/06/2004 6:42:39 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: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Fire has burned through another partition...smoke/fire coming from at least 10 windows on the 29th floor. 5-11 Alarm with 2 special alarms...that means that 1/3rd of the entire Chicago Fire Dept. has been summoned to the fire. At least 25 trucks on the scene 18 treated for injuries/transported to hospitals. 16 are "yellow" injuries. Two firefighters have "red" injuries (serious).EMS level 3 means at least 25 ambulances have been summoned.


192 posted on 12/06/2004 6:42:47 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: SlowBoat407

Still haven't heard what offices are on the 29th floor


193 posted on 12/06/2004 6:43:05 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: mhking

Thanks for the link.....watching now.


194 posted on 12/06/2004 6:43:13 PM PST by budman_2001
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To: SE Mom

"Anyone know what a "Special Alarm" means?"

It means that times are tough all over....

They never had any fire calls over 5 alarms, so instead of adding numbers, they just say "We need a lot of help, and fast" !


195 posted on 12/06/2004 6:43:54 PM PST by AlexW
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To: stratocaster

First water spray I've seen on video coverage being put on now


196 posted on 12/06/2004 6:43:59 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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To: JustPiper

Yes, indeed.

You can see the firefighters on the floor below the fire.

Finally putting water on the fire from the outside


197 posted on 12/06/2004 6:44:15 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Esther Ruth

The farmost right window is "#10" window. The fire skipped the ninth window and burned into 10 and has now back fed in to the #9 window area...traveling through the ceiling???

OK, there is NOW a hose coming out of a window three floors down below and is shooting directly into windows 9 and 10.

Durn, wish I had photo space still..they have the hose on some sort of extension and are hanging it out the window or something...


198 posted on 12/06/2004 6:44:28 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: stratocaster

Now shooting water into the windows from another building.


199 posted on 12/06/2004 6:44:46 PM PST by rintense
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To: Velveeta

Firefighters are on the roof of an adjacent building and using the water spray.


200 posted on 12/06/2004 6:45:34 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
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