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1908: Image of five fire fighters spraying water on the Colby Furniture Store which is covered in ice from fire extinguishing. The firemen appear in silhouette against the ice of the building. The building, owned by John A. Colby & Sons was located at 29 South Wabash Avenue (formerly 148 Wabash Avenue) in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Click to embiggen.
DN-0005741, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


This week's five-alarm fire at a South Side warehouse gave way to stunning images of ice-encased ruins after CFD firefighters battled the blaze in single-digit temperatures. A brief dig through our archives showed that this kind of thing wasn't unfamiliar to firefighters in years past.

All images first appeared in the Chicago Daily News, the paper that would eventually become the Sun-Times.


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1908: Image of two fire fighters, standing under an elevated train track, spraying water from a hose on the Colby Furniture Store. The building, owned by John A. Colby & Sons was located at 29 South Wabash Avenue (formerly 148 Wabash Avenue) in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.
DN-0005744, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1919: Image of Battalion Chief Joseph L. Kenyon standing in the snow at a fire scene in Chicago, Illinois
DN-0071436, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1903: Image of firefighter William Musham on the scene of the Iroquois Theater fire standing with unidentified men and looking up. The theater was located at 24-28 West Randolph Street in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Click to embiggen.
DN-0001839, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1908: Image of fire fighters standing in front of and fire fighting equipment leaning against the ice-covered Winfield P. Dunn building after its fire was extinguished. The building was located at 158 West Adams Street (formerly 427-439 Adams Street) in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Text on the negative reads: 163 Adams
DN-0005740, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1917: Image of firemen working in freezing temperatures, spraying water on a fire at a U.S. Army Medical Corps warehouse located at West 40th Street and South Dearborn in the Grand Boulevard community area in Chicago, Illinois.
DN-0069444, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1908: Image of water being sprayed tracks on the Colby Furniture Store from hoses beneath nearby elevated train tracks on South Wabash Avenue. The building, owned by John A. Colby & Sons was located at 29 South Wabash Avenue (formerly 148 Wabash Avenue) in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.
DN-0005745, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1905: Image of a two fire fighters standing in front of a fire engine with a cloud of smoke behind the engine in Chicago, Illinois. Click to embiggen.
DN-0003906, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum


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1917: Image of four firemen working at the scene of a tenement building explosion in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. They are bent over, using an ax and pails.
DN-0067600, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum

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