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1404. (photo) Old Chicago Coast Guard Station #280 On Fire c. 1933.

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1404. (photo) Old Chicago Coast Guard Station #280 On Fire c. 1933.

1404. (photo) Old Chicago Coast Guard Station #280 On Fire c. 1933. Clear close press photo shows great detail as crews fight the fire in the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Chicago River. On Sunday, the 27th day of August 1933 at 7:30 p.m. Surfman Anton Drabik was on lookout duty at the Jackson Park Coast Guard Station. He reported that the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station was “On Fire!!!” The O.I.C. telephoned the station, however no one picked the phone. The crew launched their motor lifeboat right away and proceeded to the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station. They arrived there at 8:30 p.m. and assisted the Chicago firemen and the Chicago CG Station crew ferrying ladders, hoses and firemen across the Chicago River to the burning Coast Guard Station. T had started under the dock and suddenly burst forth to envelope one wall of the building. The interior and parts of the exterior of the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station were completely destroyed by the fire. The damage was so extensive the entire structure was torn down and rebuilt from the ground up. The only structure that survived the ragging inferno was the Boathouse. A new lifeboat station was completed in 1936. Measures 7” x 9”. Includes date and description on back. Dated August 27, 1933. (VG+). $56.