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5 amazing photos from Chicago fire's icy aftermath

Firefighters have been battling one of the largest fire in the city's history, with sub-zero temperatures freezing everything

By FireRescue1 Staff

CHICAGO — Two days after a third of Chicago's on-duty personnel went to fight one of the largest fires in recent history, the blaze rekindled Thursday.

The initial warehouse fire was the largest the city has seen in seven years and was burning again Thursday morning, according to CBS Chicago. The building is full of timber and the hotspots apparently restarted the blaze.

Because of sub-zero temperatures, the water firefighters are using to battle the flames have frozen, coating the building in six to eight inches of ice.

Firefighters may be at the scene for the next several days as they continue to contain the fire and watch out for any possible collapse.

Getty Images/Scott Olson

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Reuters/John Gress

Getty Images/Scott Olson

Reuters/John Gress


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Randy Duarte Randy Duarte Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:32:36 PM well, that's something WE DOn't SEE EVRYDAY out here in Cali......nucking futts....
Serena Leblond Serena Leblond Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:32:43 PM mighty chilly <3.
Pawel Durlak Pawel Durlak Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:34:20 PM Amazing!
Jennifer Reese Jennifer Reese Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:35:55 PM You would think with all that ice, hot spots would cool fast.
Bridget Larmore Bridget Larmore Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:37:43 PM if u didn't think thiers a building under all that ice it looks amazing one thing I'm thanking god is that no one was hurt in this I hope.
Trace Seiler Trace Seiler Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:38:13 PM it would be cool if they incorporated this into the next Chicago fire ep.
Bobby Silcott Bobby Silcott Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:40:15 PM Imagine the weight of the ice that's adding to the structure.
Bill Sieffert Bill Sieffert Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:57:01 PM That is not a good thing
Sue Whyatt Sue Whyatt Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:02:07 PM Amazing pictures.
DantheMan Loiacono DantheMan Loiacono Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:07:47 PM Wow.
Michael Becker Michael Becker Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:09:08 PM Stay safe out there Chicago brothers/sisters!
Angie Gordon Bardwell Dick Angie Gordon Bardwell Dick Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:41:04 PM Wow, so true, keep that in mind, could be falling.
Judy Shuck Judy Shuck Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:51:54 PM The weight of the ice on a weakened structure can become a hazard all on its own.
Emily Young Compton Emily Young Compton Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:11:46 PM Cool photos
Shannon Moore Shannon Moore Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:25:01 PM It looks like an ice sculpture. cant believe that there is a building under it.
Levi Tefft Levi Tefft Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:46:59 PM the real Chicago fire show.
John Lambing John Lambing Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:04:53 PM crazy ass pictures! good job cfd.
Fran Fender Fran Fender Friday, January 25, 2013 11:29:35 AM So sad...what beauiful architecture in this building. :(
Manish Mod Manish Mod Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:11:28 AM Amazing photos of an "Icey Fire" Must see.
Gavin Logan Gavin Logan Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:00:41 PM wow
Nicholas Dean Johnson Nicholas Dean Johnson Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:28:01 PM I could not even begin to think as to how much time it will take to clear all that ice.
Dominick G Kasmauskas Dominick G Kasmauskas Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:08:30 PM Yup. That's fire sprinklers.

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