|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||36 to 40|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||4/9/1943|
|Cause of Death||Caught/Trapped , Contact/Exposure|
|Nature of Death||Asphyxiation|
|Attribute of Death||Smoke inhalation|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations|
On April 9, 1943, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Burnell Peters of Engine 27 died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment fire on Lake Shore Drive. Peters was operating hand extinguishers when a backdraft explosion trapped him in a dead end hallway. Two other firefighters were also injured in the explosion. Peters had been with the department for three years, and was survived by his widow and a daughter.
“Fire on Lake Shore Drive; One Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 10, 1943.