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Mickelberry Sausage Company
5-11 Alarm + 4 Special Alarms 49th Pl and Halstead
Feb. 7, 1968

The Mickelberry Sausage Company, located at 49th Place and  Halsted in Chicago, suffered a major explosion and fire on  February 2, 1968, Extra alarm fire companies were already on  the scene when the explosion occured. The deaths of four Chicago  firefighters resulted, as well as numerous injuries to many other,  both firefighters and civilians.

This radio traffic starts off with a recording of the local  Chicago TV broadcast news, in order to give a brief explanation of  the events. This recording simaltaneously records both the  Englewood (South side) and the Main (North side) dispatch offices.  You may also notice the transmission of the still alarm Battalion  chief 11 who, when arriving on the scene and seeing that the full  first alarm responce would be required, gives the unique transmission,  "Emergency... Box me - baby!".

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

 
 
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A view of the Mickleberry Sausage factory after the explosion


Photo source: "Great Chicago Fires" by David Cowen

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One of many Chicago firefighters who were injured in the Mickleberry explosion


Photo source: "Great Chicago Fires" by David Cowen

Original recording from: Richard Meis


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