How Safe Are You if There’s a Fire in Your High-Rise Building?


CFD District Chief Dan Cunningham addresses media after fire at Hancock Center garage (Chicago Sun-Times, February 11, 2018)

Honolulu High-Rise Fire: Another Preventable Fatal Fire (PR-Newswire July 15, 2017)

Three killed in Honolulu skyscraper after tower with no sprinklers catches fire (Washington Post, July 15, 2017)

Fatal Grenfell Apartment Fire NBC 26 London (NBC, June 14, 2017)

Apartment Fire in London – 79 Believed Dead (NPR, June 14, 2017)

Fatal Grenfell Apartment Fire NBC 26 London June 14, 2017

ABC7 Chicago Investigates Fire in Unsprinklered John Hancock Center(03/01/16)

Towering Concern at John Hancock Center

Sprinklers Help Extinguish Small Fire at Trump Tower (Loop North News, Feb. 26. 2016)

Condo Residents Disappointed with Building Communication During Fire in Chicago’s Marina City High-Rise (Loop North News, 02/26/15)

Fire Occurs in Unprotected Chicago High-Rise (3130 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Site of Fatal Fire in 2012 (NIFSAB)

January 29, 2012 – 5415 N. Sheridan Rd Fire – 1 injured

February 11, 2009 – LaSalle Bank Fire – 37 injured (CBS News)

December 10, 2009 – 260 E Chestnut Fire – 1 dead, 12 injured

February 21, 2012 – West Rogers Park (Chicago Tribune) Fire – 2 injured

July 11, 2011 – West Chicago Fire (CBS Chicago)

800 block of West Cornelia Avenue Fire – 1 injured

March 17, 1993 – Paxton Hotel (The New York Times) Single Room Occupancy Hotel Fire – 20 dead

Chicago High-Rise Fire Fact Sheet (PDF)

Dennis Mushol’s experience with 2 different fires in his building, one of his neighbors died of of smoke inhalation.
Maureen Marley’s story. An apartment fire killed 1 neighbor and eight firefighters and destroyed the 14th floor that she lived on.
Ed Prendergast served as fire prevention engineer with the Chicago Fire Department for 30 years.

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