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Firefighter Details

Name Kelvin Anderson
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 26 to 30
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/22/1989
Cause of Death Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation , Burns
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Search and rescue operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/22/1989 19:0
Incident Location Public assembly
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On December 22, 1989, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Kelvin Anderson of Engine 107, died in the line of duty when the roof collapsed on him during a fire at the Rose of Sharon Church on W. Warren Boulevard. Anderson’s colleagues reported that he was crawling through the church searching for victims when the roof collapsed around 7 p.m. Search and rescue teams labored for more than sixteen hours before Anderson’s body, buried under debris in the church’s basement, was recovered around 11 a.m. the next morning. An autopsy indicated that he had died from asphyxiation and severe burns. Anderson was given full department honors during his funeral, and a plaque in his memory was unveiled at Engine 107’s firehouse in 2001.

Citations:

Christi Parsons, “Firefighters mourn colleague killed in church blaze,” Chicago Tribune, December 24, 1989.

John W. Fountain, “He died doing the job he loved to do,” Chicago Tribune, December 28, 1989.

“Firefighters honor fallen colleague,” Chicago Tribune, December 22, 2001.


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