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.
IT looks to me like the fire has extended to the next upper floor. there is no more flame from the windows because air is being drawn in to feed the flames. I dont see any "white" smoke (steam) that tells me that the FD has water on it yet. Also, FYI, The fire codes in the city of Chicago dont require sprinklers in high rises, remember about a year ago there was a fire in a city building with a lot of lives lost?
Rapid Assault Team. Chicago FD team that immediately starts searching for people in a fire. Being reported on Chicago NBCNews. Also talking about how one commander is now assigned to see a fire through until it's out. No multiple commanders, no shift changes.
THat law will be changed tomorrow..watch..
FOX just had a blub. more to come...
Up close shot you can see the CFD through the window. Bottom shot shows the 29th floor on fire and the rest of the building above...
Hope everyone is all right and that they have renters insurance.
Where's O. J. Simpson?
Chicago does NOT require all buildings to be equipped with sprinklers, they are still discussing it on the TV now...
Woman being interviewed now saying that three of them, ladies, were on the fire floor. Called and told CFD where they were, and the CFD came and found them took them to a fire dept controlled elevator and brought them down. One required O2 at the time. The lady said they were starting to get more and more smoke and were just starting to have trouble breathing...
News crews being moved further away. People still being treated for smoke
Lady being interviewed stated that THERE ARE NO SPRINKLERS in this building...none that she has ever seen...just glad the windows opened...
Choppers circling the building checking to see if there are people on the roof.
there isn't a need for the date on every single thread.
Yeah, nothing like giving the fire more air..
no sprinklers? Oh my...
Huh? What?? "date on every single thread??
The fire looks as if it has burned itsef out. Cna't burn down to the next floor, concrete floor, and fire travels up and across.
Looks to be contained in one office on the floor shown. Fire door going into the hallway keeping the fire contained to that unit.
If firefighters were putting water on the fire we would be seeing steam coming out the windows.
Now it's been upgraded to a 4 alarm fire. Per NBCNews
Drudge has the siren up.
the date in the title.
Thanks for pinging JP, I was just going to do it.
Prayers for those that may be trapped up there.
Dates are helpful in searches, etc. GRRRRR done good.
No way there are sprinklers in the area we are viewing. They would not have allowed the fire to spread and it would now be out. Also we would seee steam coming fform the windows.
10 years in the paid fire service.
EMS plan 3 has just been implemented...that means 15 more ambulances are on the way in addition to the 10 that have been on the scene. Several people have emerged with blackened faces.
45 people were in need of assistance between floors 30 and 35 and also others on east, west sides of buiding and also on the roof. News says they are being asked to say the people were in need of assistance, not trapped.
Have they said what businesses are in the building?
Great coverage here. Thanks . I will just stay on this thread .
They fire will be put out by personnel connected to the standpipes which are fed via pumpers in the streets.
I heard something about executive dining rooms being somewhere close to the fire. But I didn't catch it very well.
Here's an update. Woman on 30th floor ended up having to walk to 35th floor. Told (don't know by whom) to go into conference room and put wet clothing in front of floor. They were led to safety by firefighters. One woman in the group was pregnant, several were in the conference room.
4 alarms would be a minimal response to a working fire in a building of this size. The logistics of fighting a fire 29 floors up is mind boggling
Fire Reported On 29th Floor
POSTED: 6:46 pm CST December 6, 2004 UPDATED: 7:41 pm CST December 6, 2004
Firefighters are responding to reports of a high-rise fire at 135 South Lasalle St. at this hour.
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.
There are reports of people inside the building. Witnesses have said people are waving their hands out windows, and flames could be seen coming out of at least five windows.
The Chicago 911 center told NBC5 is has 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."
Another man, 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," the man 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 10 ambulances. Several people are being treated with oxygen outside the building.
Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.
Large window frame just crashed to the ground. Smoke appears to be coming from the top floor or top of the building. Reports indicate at least one person on the roof...might be a firefighter
Thanks..again, I'm very surprised..
Anybody know the stats on this building? Age? Fire code compliance (outside of no sprinklers). Big vulnerability now is network cables going through plenums and risers if they're not up to NEC and NFPA specs.
IPN was slow posting the information on their site.
Ok, thanks sweetie,
Completed in 1934. It's old.
ABC 7 states bldg built from 1931 to 1934.
the first set of pictures on the thread appears to have been when the fire first broke through the glass windows. How you can tell is that the fire is being sucked into the building, this is caused by an inrush of air when the glass first breaks out. Later in the thread we see flames coming out of the windows. This shows that now the fire is getting pleany of air and is growing.
135 S. LaSalle is the LaSalle Bank HQ.
From the LaSalle Bank website:
LaSalle Bank is headquartered in Chicago and has $62.8 billion in assets and $36.4 billion in deposits. One of the largest banks in the Midwest and second largest in Chicago, LaSalle Bank serves individuals, small businesses, middle market companies and institutions with streamlined solutions to meet the scope of customers' financial needs. LaSalle has more than 140 retail locations and 500 ATMs throughout Chicago and the neighboring suburbs. Online banking is offered through lasallebank.com.
LaSalle maintains commercial banking offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Rockford and Peoria, Illinois, St. Louis, Tampa and Miami. Subsidiaries include LaSalle National Leasing Corporation, LaSalle Business Credit, LLC and ABN AMRO Financial Services, Inc.
Parent company, LaSalle Bank Corporation, is headquartered in Chicago with $106.6 billion in assets. LaSalle Bank Corporation is a subsidiary of Netherlands-based ABN AMRO Bank N.V., one of the worlds largest banks with total assets of EUR 632.8 billion with more than 3,000 locations in over 60 countries. Learn more about LaSalle Bank in our corporate profile and fact sheet.
This building has to have been renovated since 1975..probably new windows, A/C..major interiors..upgraded power and fiberoptics..it's in the prime commerical area of Chicago, right. I didn't think you could do a renovation without addign sprinklers, and I'm surprised that ANY major tenatn, like a bank..would rent unsprinklered office space..Heads are gonna roll..
Two more offices involved! This is a matter of fire rating. Both vertical and horizontal. Come on CFD!!
they are streaming live...sorry if already posted.
So steel and concrete. Can the heat migrate through the steel columns enough to ignite materials on floors above?
Fourty-five stories tall. There are also LAW firms in this building. A lawyer who has his offices there said they had to open the windows to get air into their area, around the 35th floor.
All cables are required to be in pipe- no open cables are allowed in plenums. Chicago Code