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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Alfred Papineau
Agency Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Fire Patrol
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 10/31/1886
Cause of Death Struck by object
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 10/31/1886
Incident Location Industry/ Manufacturing
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On October 31, 1886, Alfred Papineau of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol died in the line of duty following a structural collapse during an industrial fire on Madison Street.

The fire, which was confined to the top two floors of the four-story building, was largely extinguished when members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol entered the building. Papineau was one of six members of the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol operating in the basement when the building’s chimney collapsed. The chimney broke through the burning roof and started a structural collapse that traveled down through the building and into the basement.

Papineau and two other firefighters were buried in the debris, and while the other two firefighters, who suffered serious injuries, were pulled from the wreckage within an hour, it took firefighters nearly twelve hours to recover Papineau’s body.

Citations:

“A Fight Against Death,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 1, 1886.


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