Chicago, IL Garage Fire Kills 2 Firemen, Oct 1942

Two Firemen Lose Lives In Chicago Fire

Chicago.-(AP)-A 5-11 fire which swept a one-story garage at S. Wells and W. Thirtieth streets, south of the loop, late yesterday, killed two firemen, injured six others, and destroyed much valuable equipment.

Trapped under a falling wall, Thomas Fitzgerald, member of Truck Company 14, was dead when pulled from the wreckage. Captain William Steed, acting chief of the eighth battalion and also from Truck Company 14, died in a hospital early today of his injuries.

The garage was operated by the Acme Truck Rentals company, a subsidiary of the Interstate Motor Freight System. Glen McMillan, superintendent, aid the blaze started when a welding torch ignited a wooden section of the building.

William J. O’Connor, Chicago manager of the interstate company, estimated the fire loss at more than $100,000 in equipment alone.

Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI 3 Oct 1942