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McCormick Place Convention Center
5-11 Alarm + 4 Special Alarms 23rd St. and Lake Drive
Jan. 16, 1967

From the historical fire radio traffic archives of EAATC member  David Freedman we have selected a fire well known to fire buffs  and fire service members in general. The fire selected is:  THE McCORMICK PLACE fire which occured in Chicago on January 16, 1967.  This fire destroyed the huge convention center that was (and still is)  a Chicago waterfront icon.

Many have heard OF this but we suspect only a few have  HEARD the actual radio traffic  of this major blaze. Preceding the actual fire radio traffic are  several recordings of the local Chicago area news (TV) audio from  the event. The original recording was created by Chicago fire fan   Richard Meis and a copy from the original tape has been in the  EAATC archives for many years. It is somewhat unusual in that both  the Chicago Main (North side) and Englewood (South side) fire alarm  offices radio traffic are both recorded and played together.

If you've never heard this radio traffic, it is a CLASSIC.  If you've heard it before you'll enjoy it again. The entire radio  audio is approx 45 minutes in length.

If there are any photos included you may click the thumbnail for a larger photo

 
 
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Chicago's Mcormick Place on Lake Michigan's lakefront was a city landmark


Photo source: "Great Chicago Fires" by David Cowen

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Chicago Mcormick Place after the major fire


Photo source: "Great Chicago Fires" by David Cowen

Original recording from: Richard Meis

You can activate each of the above audio files by clicking each link if  you have an MP3 player associated with your browser. Or you may right click  your mouse over each link, and select "save link as...", and then download  each file to play each section at leasure on your own.

 

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