Chicago Fire Department Radio Communications for the McCormick Place Fire

The FULL (AUDIO ONLY) VERSION of the Great McCormick Place 5-11 Alarm Fire w/ Specials, located at 2300 South Lake Shore Drive, on January 16, 1967, on one of Chicago’s coldest nights.

Smoke was reported by janitors at 2:05 a.m. on January 16, 1967. The fire was out of control before the first companies arrived. IN about 45 minutes, two-thirds of the building was engulfed in flames. Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass had performed the night before the fire, and booked to perform the night after the fire.

Still and Box Alarm at 23rd and the Lake Front on the north end of McCormick Place.

BC 9 “It’s really rollin’ I think will hit a deuce.” 2-11 Alarm on orders of BC 9.

3-11 on orders of the 9th Battalion.

4-11 on orders of Division 1.

5-11 on orders of 2-1-6

All three boats are responding. Engine 58 is one of the fire boats.

First Special for ten engine companies and all squad companies for the 5-11 alarm fire on orders of 2-1-3.

Thirty-six land companies and three boats.

Second Special for six engine companies on orders of 2-1-3.

Kenneth Goodman, a 32-year-old security guard died in the fire.

The same year, Chicagoland was stricken by a major snowstorm “The Big Snow” also in January, and tornados in the Spring.

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