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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Raymond Cook
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 3/29/1939
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Burns
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 3/28/1939
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Explosions , Backdrafts , Fires

Incident Summary

On March 28, 1939, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Raymond Cook of Squad 10 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Berger Brothers, Inc., charcoal yard on Cherry Street. The fire started in a corrugated steel charcoal storage building, and firefighters were protecting an exposure building from the flames when a watchman for the company opened a hopper into the steel building. The rush of air ignited the charcoal dust in the building, and massive flames exploded out of the doors and windows. Nine firefighters, including Cook, and the watchman, were burned by the explosion and hospitalized at three area hospitals. Cook succumbed to his injuries the following day, March 29, at Alexian Brothers Hospital.

Citations:

“Ten Are Burned as Fire Sweeps Charcoal Yard,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 29, 1939.

“Fireman Enveloped in Flames Dies from Burns; 7 Recovering,” Chicago Daily Tribune, March 30, 1939.


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