From Chief Halton:
A Historically Tragic Day for Chicago
Today a crowd gathered at the stockyards amid the snow falling in Chicago to remember 100th anniversary of the tragic stockyard fire that claimed the lives of twenty-one firemen, including Fire Marshal James J. Horan, and three civilians killed during a tragic collapse at that fire. As the names from the historic fire were being read news spread through the crowd that there had been a collapse in another Chicago fire this one on 75th St. It's been reported that 19 firefighters were injured and that two firefighters have lost their lives on this historically tragic day.
We have been told that that firefighter Edward Stringer and firefighter Corey Ankum lost their lives when the roof collapsed during the firefight at 1744 E. 75st St. Early reports indicate that firefighter Stringer and Ankum may have been working on the roof at the time of the collapse.
According to unconfirmed reports a collapse at the rear of the structure trapped four firefighters, all of whom were removed from the rubble. The building was vacant; the firefighters entered the structure to check for possible vagrants occupying the building. There was considerable evidence and reports that homeless people were using the facility for shelter.
The entire staff at Fire Engineering shares the grief of the CFD and is working to bring you up to the minute details of this tragic incident. None of the other injuries are considered to be life-threatening at this time.
The building at 1744 E. 75th St. has been reported as a heavy timber building, measuring 40' X 150'. The building had a flat roof in front and a bow string truss in the rear. Heavy smoke was reported issuing from the front of the building with considerable fire reported in the rear, described as an 'office area'.
The fire was knocked and firefighters began to conduct a secondary search. The best of our knowledge suddenly and without any warning the rear portion of the roof collapsed, trapping the four firefighters. The alarm was raised to a 3-11, E.M.S. Plan 2 and Mayday Plan 2. The Mayday teams recovered the for firefighters however the resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful for firefighter Edward Stringer and firefighter Corey Ankum.
Fire Engineering will do everything we can to get you updated information from the scene. On behalf of Fire Engineering and the entire staff at Pennell Corporation we would like to express our deep condolences to the family and friends of firefighter Stringer and Ankum and to all the members of the Chicago fire Department for their tragic loss.
From Brad Hoff:
Our hearts are supposed to be full of joy and giving and spending time with our loved ones this week as we approach Christmas. The time of celebrating the birth of Christ and remembering his sacrifice to save us. It is a heavy burden to bare the news as our hearts are torn and filled with the deepest sadness and sympathy. It is with honor that we as a Brotherhood post the following Line Of Duty Deaths from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Chicago Fire Department. Today is a day of rememberance as we also honor and remember the 21 other fallen Brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago today during the Great Chicago Stockyard fire of December 22nd and 23rd 1910. I was told by a friend in Chicago that Brother Corey Ankum was 16 months into the required 18 month probation period.
Please remember those affected in your prayers!
Years of Service: 12
Years of Service: 2
Date of Incident: 12/22/2010
Time of Incident: 0654hrs
Date of Death: 12/22/2010
Fire Department: Chicago Fire Department
Address: 10 W 35th ST, Floor 14, Chicago, IL 60616
Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Robert S. Hoff
Incident Description: While working a fire at a vacant commercial building, 16 firefighters reportedly became trapped and were injured after the roof of the building collapsed. Two firefighters, Firefighter Edward Stringer, and Firefighter Corey Ankum, who according to reports had been on the roof of the building with other firefighters when it collapsed, passed away from injuries sustained in the incident. Ten other firefighters are reported to be in stable condition while four others are reported to be in critical condition.
Incident Location: 1744 E 75th Street
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Edward Stringer and Firefighter Corey Ankum at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 85 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 83 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats....