History of the Chicago Fire Department
Chicago Fire Department Equipment History
Chief Denis J. Swenie
Chicago Fire Department Stats – Charts that depict the number of fires and their damages in Chicago between 1863 and 1921
The Chicago Fire Department in 1922
The header represents the burning of the marble front block on Lake street, west of Franklin street, On August 19, 1866. The fire was an obstinate one. It originated in stores on Water street, and burned through to Lake, and presented difficulties of no ordinary character. The Fire Department, however, was equal to the work; they confined the destruction to the premises actually on fire when they reached the scene.
Painting by Louis Kurz, Chicago Illustrated, October, 1866