CHICAGO PAXTON HOTEL FIRE (3/16/93), Chicagoland Video Inc., 1993
The Paxton Hotel, located at 1432 North LaSalle Street was a 4 Story Brick 75' x 125' building.
On March 16, 1993 a fire was reported at the hotel. The first engine arrived on the scene saying they had a little smoke showing and they would check it out. A minute later they were screaming "Emergency! give me a box!" Followed by an EMS Plan I (five ambulances.)
What the first arriving companies saw was residents of the hotel hanging out of every window on every floor, except the first floor which was plagued with burglar bars, preventing those people from escaping.
There were over 100 rescues made by most of the units at this fire. Rescuing those that could be rescued was the highest priority. Unfortunately, 19 people died in this fire, but without the heroic efforts of the Chicago Fire Dept. that number could have easily doubled or tripled.
This video shows the attack on the fire, as well the immense triage area that was set-up to handle the huge number of patients.
We see the building being torn apart, piece by piece, in an attempt to locate all of the victims that remained in the building.
The last section of the tape is Commissioner Raymond Orozco at a "thank you" breakfast giving a speech that acknowledged everyone for their important role in this incredible fire.
The fire, a 5-11 + 1 special alarm brought to the scene 24 engines, 10 trucks, 13 ambulances, 5 battalion chiefs and 1 squad.
WARNING: SOME SCENES IN THIS VIDEO ARE GRAPHIC AND MAY NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR VIEWING BY CHILDREN.
40 minutes, no narration, DVD version, DC2142 / $24.95
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