Media sources in Chicago are reporting two firefighters have died from injuries at a three alarm fire this morning (December 22, 2010). Other firefighters are injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those involved and the CFD. This is yet another tragic event in the fire service history.
As fate might have it… December 22 is also the anniversary of the 1910 fire at Union Stock Yard & Transit Co. (or The Yards). This was the meat-packing district of Chicago since 1865. The Chicago Union Stock Yards Fire started on December 22, 1910, destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property and killing 21 firemen. The fire continued to burn until December 23.