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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: GRRRRR

The CFD is standing on the roof top of the building outcropping of the SAME BUILDING and are shooting water across the gap and into the windows of the fire floor...YEAH!!!

Getting water into almost all those fire windows...and now can't see flames in them....


201 posted on 12/06/2004 6:46:38 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: prairiebreeze

It looks like the water is forcing the fire to get hotter in the first few rooms.


202 posted on 12/06/2004 6:46:48 PM PST by rintense
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To: AlexW

Every building violates the LAW OF GRAVITY. The builder erects a structure by creating, by some method or other, what I call a "Gravity Resistance System" (GRS). I used to tell my students to ask builders how they beat the law of gravity. One old carpenter threw down his hammer and declared "they got so many laws now you can't get nothing done!"

Paste this in your helmet :

"Fire disrupts the gravity resistance system. The exact moment the system can no longer carry the load the structure fails. There is no delay, no reprieve, no political clout , no 'years of experience,' which can stop or delay gravity in doing it's thing."


203 posted on 12/06/2004 6:47:33 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: All

2 firefighters in serious condition

All others have minor injuries...smoke inhalation


204 posted on 12/06/2004 6:48:54 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: GRRRRR
Why do these news stations think we want to see their over-primped drama queens (ie reporters) instead of footage of the fireman dousing the fire?
205 posted on 12/06/2004 6:49:53 PM PST by vezke
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To: vezke

A 3rd firefighter has been injured and is on the way to the hospital


206 posted on 12/06/2004 6:50:56 PM PST by stratocaster (some people see dark clouds...others see silver linings)
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To: GRRRRR

Seemed from the video that the buiding was of more recent vintage -- not art-deco at all. One would think, given their past experience - what with the entire city burning to the ground -- that Chicagoans (Chicagoites?) would have madadeted retrofits of hi-rises long ago. Perhaps they thought, since the cow didn't survive the fire, that the problem no longer existed.


207 posted on 12/06/2004 6:51:46 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: Rome2000

This looks like a remarkable well built building, considering it has survived a ferocious fire for two hours without extension to the next floor.


208 posted on 12/06/2004 6:51:46 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: vezke

"Why do these news stations think we want to see their over-primped drama queens (ie reporters) instead of footage of the fireman dousing the fire?"


Well, I can not see them...I have NO TV...yeee haaa...I get all my news on FreeRepublic!!!!


209 posted on 12/06/2004 6:52:17 PM PST by AlexW
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To: vezke

The media has been their usual annoying selves. Didn't move back immediately when told to earlier and the cop had to speak gruffly to them. Wouldn't let the FD spokesman who did the news update get back to his job, just kept asking him questions when he'd already given the info. Showing distraught female victims crying.

Prairie


210 posted on 12/06/2004 6:52:44 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

Good news, that was too close to maximum burn time.


211 posted on 12/06/2004 6:53:04 PM PST by Rome2000 (Democrats are perverted socialist crooks)
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To: GRRRRR

Yet.....FNC still has H&C yakking away......


212 posted on 12/06/2004 6:53:39 PM PST by clintonh8r (It turns out that the moral majority......is BOTH!)
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To: stratocaster

Per WLS-TV ABC7 Chicago, the 29th floor is occupied by the Chief Economist of La Salle National Bank.

Probably still smokes.


213 posted on 12/06/2004 6:53:40 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: GRRRRR
Injuries, Rescues Reported In Chicago High-Rise Fire

Flames Started At 6:30 PM, Witnesses Say

POSTED: 7:46 pm EST December 6, 2004
UPDATED: 9:33 pm EST December 6, 2004

CHICAGO -- Firefighters responded to a high-rise fire at 135 South Lasalle St. in Chicago around 6:30 p.m. Monday, and at 8 p.m., the fire still was not struck.

Flames could be seen shooting from windows on an upper floor, and witnesses reported that people were trapped inside and could be seen leaning out of upper-floor windows.

Within half an hour, firefighters began carrying people out of the building on stretchers. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. At least 12 people were transported to hospitals, but he said none of the injuries appeared life-threatening. Eight of the injuries were reportedly related to smoke inhalation.

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.

The Chicago 911 center told Chicago television station NBC5 that there were initial reports of people on the 26th, 27th, 30th and 34th floors.

One woman who works on the 40th floor spoke with NBC5 after she escaped from the building. She said she made her way in a stairwell to the 35th floor, where the smoke became too much for her. The woman said firefighters were able to rescue her and several others.

"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."

Roderick Powell, who was on the 29th floor, said he did not hear a fire alarm, but saw and smelled smoke.

"I did not hear a fire alarm, I saw smoke and I immediately went down to the lobby," Powell said. "The first people who came down did not hear a fire alarm, we just saw smoke."

Several fire engines have been called to the scene, as well as 15 ambulances. Several people are being treated with oxygen outside the building, and the Associated Press reported that 12 people have been taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

214 posted on 12/06/2004 6:53:53 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: SlowBoat407
With a screen name like yours, you should be pretty versed on the newsworthiness of fires. ;-)

VERY sharp indeed!!! Your own name does not do you justice. Can I send you a prize for that reply?

215 posted on 12/06/2004 6:54:08 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813
Can I send you a prize for that reply?

Recognition is prize enough, thanks.

216 posted on 12/06/2004 6:55:58 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: Rome2000

"Fire disrupts the gravity resistance system. The exact moment the system can no longer carry the load the structure fails. There is no delay, no reprieve, no political clout , no 'years of experience,' which can stop or delay gravity in doing it's thing."

I know about it...I woke up on a Sunday morning in 1991 to find my house in flames...Barely got myself, wife and daughter out...Lost one dog and there was nothing left but ashes.


217 posted on 12/06/2004 6:56:35 PM PST by AlexW
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To: GRRRRR

CBS2 says the first 2 firefighters injured burned thier lungs attempting to enter the fire floor.


218 posted on 12/06/2004 6:56:48 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: stratocaster

Man, that's ugly. Another FReeper said that the firefighters are still prepping to fight the fire. Probably sweeping for evaucatees first, then ON with the water. Seems they had better hurry.


219 posted on 12/06/2004 6:56:55 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Hey, help me out. Doesn't ABN-AMRO own this building? I work in the Chicago Board of Trade at LaSalle and Jackson ---- 2 blocks away.


220 posted on 12/06/2004 6:57:56 PM PST by celia
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To: montag813

Easy fellers, this is what FR does best...we supply information about stuff going on that the major media ignore.

There are Freepers across the country that might have friends or relatives who live and work in Chicago.

This IS newsworthy because Chicago STILL doesn't have mandatory retrofitting of older buildings with some form of sprinkler systems.

This has been on LIVE since 1900h on all three CHIcago stations...

G


221 posted on 12/06/2004 6:58:18 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: celia

Correct, building owned by Dutch Banking firm ABN AMRO


222 posted on 12/06/2004 6:58:47 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: montag813

OK, I give up. What is montag813 and what does it have to do with the newsworthiness of fires?


223 posted on 12/06/2004 6:59:11 PM PST by Piranha
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To: GRRRRR

Already shook hands on it, GRRRR.


224 posted on 12/06/2004 6:59:40 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: GRRRRR

Even Pre-empted Monday Night Football !


225 posted on 12/06/2004 7:00:16 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: Piranha

Montag was the main character in "Farenheit 451"


226 posted on 12/06/2004 7:00:49 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: plymaniac

More serious injuries being reported. Not specifics as to numbers or types. News is apparently only being told there are more serious injuries. Another official briefing will occur in next 10-15 min.


227 posted on 12/06/2004 7:01:15 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: SlowBoat407

LOL....Freepers RULE!

Well, it looks like it is starting to settle down so I'm off to bed.

Hugs to ALL!


228 posted on 12/06/2004 7:02:06 PM PST by GRRRRR (Proud to be an American in a RED COUNTY!)
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To: prairiebreeze

That is a shame to hear that....prayers for all involved.


229 posted on 12/06/2004 7:02:11 PM PST by Neets
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To: SlowBoat407

Info on Chief Economist:

Carl Tannenbaum
Group Senior Vice President, Chief Economist and Director of Treasury Research, LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO
Chicago, IL

carl.tannenbaum at abnamro.com

Committees: Finance, Business Statistics Council, Meetings, Surveys


230 posted on 12/06/2004 7:03:30 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: GRRRRR

Thanks for breaking this, GRRRR!


231 posted on 12/06/2004 7:03:50 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: Petruchio
To give folks an idea as to where this is, the photo below may look familiar to those who remember "The Untouchables" or other films made in Chicago. This portion of Chicago is akin to Wall St. in New York City. The large building in the center is the Chicago Board of Trade. The LaSalle Bank building is close by.

This photo is looking south on LaSalle St.


232 posted on 12/06/2004 7:04:10 PM PST by mhking (Vote for Ramblings' Journal for best conservative blog @ http://2004weblogawards.com/)
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To: GRRRRR

Thanks for the pictures and the information. Goodnight.


233 posted on 12/06/2004 7:04:28 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: SlowBoat407
And this is the LaSalle Bank building itself.


234 posted on 12/06/2004 7:04:56 PM PST by mhking (Vote for Ramblings' Journal for best conservative blog @ http://2004weblogawards.com/)
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To: GRRRRR

Thanks for the thread


235 posted on 12/06/2004 7:05:26 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: GRRRRR

GRRRReat job, FRiend!


236 posted on 12/06/2004 7:05:55 PM PST by Chi-One ((.....your ad here......))
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To: GRRRRR

WGN-9 reporters are held back 4 blocks. Just moved back again to 5 blocks away.


237 posted on 12/06/2004 7:06:13 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: Neets

At least 7 injuries taken to Northwestern Med Center. All in stable condition probably smoke inhalation. One of the firefighters was taken there, rushed they said. Detectives are talking to people who were taken to the hospital, getting information.

Still saying there may be others injured.


238 posted on 12/06/2004 7:06:38 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: Petruchio

WBBM-TV/DT Live Stream: http://wbbm.dayport.com/viewer/content/special.php?Art_ID=5056&Format_ID=2&BitRate_ID=8&Contract_ID=67&Obj_ID=4

WGN-TV & SuperStation WGN should be simulcasting on their national feed right now.


239 posted on 12/06/2004 7:07:39 PM PST by mhking (Vote for Ramblings' Journal for best conservative blog @ http://2004weblogawards.com/)
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To: Petruchio

Thanks for mentioning WGN. I had fogotten it's on my cable.Watching now.


240 posted on 12/06/2004 7:08:21 PM PST by GOP_Proud ("Get your hands off him!" (President George W. Bush))
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To: mhking

I only see the red x


241 posted on 12/06/2004 7:08:56 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: MediaMole
This looks like a remarkable well built building, considering it has survived a ferocious fire for two hours without extension to the next floor.

Older buildings that haven't been 'upgraded' have lots of effective asbestos fireproofing. There was a high rise bank building in San Antonio that had a whole floor completely burn out. Concrete and asbestos was all that was left. They shut off the elevators to that floor, and continued to use the one above and below.

242 posted on 12/06/2004 7:10:16 PM PST by PAR35
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To: flutters
Here is the approximate order of alarms in Chicago

Still Alarm = 2 Engines; 1 Truck; Battalion Chief and Squad

Still and Box = Additional 2 Engines; 2 Trucks; 1 Battalion Chief; 1 District Chief; Snorkel (Chicago has fewer snorkels now uses Ladder Towers)

2-11 = Additional 4 engines; 2 Trucks; 2 Battalion Chief; Deputy Chief Special Apparatus such Communications, Air Mask, Fuel

3-11 = Additional 4 engines; 2 Trucks; 2 Battalion Chief; Deputy Chief Special Apparatus

4-11 = Additional 4 engines; 2 Trucks; 2 Battalion Chief; Deputy Chief as needed and Special Apparatus

5-11 Additional 4 engines; 2 Trucks; 2 Battalion Chief; Senior chief possibly the Fire Commissioner or a Deputy

All other request become special call so if the Chief asks for 2 more Trucks or engines it will be 1 Special

On top of that an Emergency Plan 1, 2 etc. will be for a certain number of ambulances and medical personal depending upon the nature of the emergency
243 posted on 12/06/2004 7:10:21 PM PST by FMS5
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To: SlowBoat407

wow. I read that so many years ago


244 posted on 12/06/2004 7:11:21 PM PST by Piranha
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To: FMS5

There is more fire on the 30th floor, a room blew up

I am listening to 154.1300

Am I missing anything on any other freqencies (SP)


245 posted on 12/06/2004 7:13:20 PM PST by Jackrabbit Slim
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To: FMS5
I Googled and couldn't find anything. I appreciate that you found and posted the information. Thanks!
246 posted on 12/06/2004 7:13:41 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: GRRRRR

Truck co #52 reports fire just broke through to the 30th floor. Calling for additional hoses to fight the fire.


247 posted on 12/06/2004 7:14:07 PM PST by Right_Handed_Writer
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To: mhking

I financed my first new car through Lasalle


248 posted on 12/06/2004 7:14:22 PM PST by virgil
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To: All


249 posted on 12/06/2004 7:14:26 PM PST by all4one (My thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers.....and their families)
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To: cmsgop

45 floors in the building.

Built in 1935, no sprinklers.

We had fire drills last week, undoubtedly that saved lives.

I worked on the 30th floor in that building until a few months ago when I was moved to the new facility across the loop. Know alot of good people on that floor. Hope they all made it out ok.

Our Trust Department, some Wealth Management and the bank's Chief Economist were all housed on that floor.


250 posted on 12/06/2004 7:17:05 PM PST by usconservative ((This space intentionally left blank. Do not deface.))
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