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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Thomas Carney
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Truckman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 8/28/1916
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 8/23/1916
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Explosions , Fires

Incident Summary

On August 23, 1916, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Thomas J. Carney of Truck 4 was fatally injured in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Standard Oil Company plant on 16th Street. The building, located at the tracks of the Santa Fe Railway, housed steel tanks containing more than 30,000 gallons of gasoline and kerosene.

Aware of the danger posed by the gasoline, firefighters from six truck companies were advancing hose lines into the plant when it exploded. The civilian plant foreman was killed in the explosion, and eight firefighters, including Carney, suffered burn injuries.

Carney died from his injuries on August 28, and his funeral was held at Annunciation Church on August 31.

Citations:

“Standard Oil Explosion Kills One; Hurts Nine,” Chicago Daily Tribune, August 24, 1916.

Obituary of Thomas Carney, Chicago Daily Tribune, August 29, 1916.

Obituary of Thomas Carney, Chicago Daily Tribune, August 30, 1916.


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