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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name George Beale
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/16/1946
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/16/1946
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On April 16, 1946, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter George Beale of Tower 1 collapsed while fighting a 4-11 fire at a factory on 19th Street. He was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

The fire caused $50,000 in damage, and the flames from the fire shot fifty feet into the air, sent up a 1,000 foot column of smoke, and attracted 10,000 spectators. Firefighters responding to the alarm also sought to contain the fire’s flying embers from igniting neighboring houses, and to prevent the flames from spreading to the adjacent three-story building. Suburban trains were delayed by hose lines across nearby tracks.

Funeral services for Beale were held in Holy Rosary Church on April 19, and he was survived by his widow and two brothers.

Citations:

“$50,000 Damage in 4-11 Blaze on Southwest Side,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 17, 1946.

Obituary of George P. Beale, Chicago Daily Tribune, April 18, 1946.


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