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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Burnell Peters
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 36 to 40
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 4/9/1943
Cause of Death Caught/Trapped , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 4/9/1943
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Backdrafts , Fires

Incident Summary

On April 9, 1943, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Burnell Peters of Engine 27 died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment fire on Lake Shore Drive. Peters was operating hand extinguishers when a backdraft explosion trapped him in a dead end hallway. Two other firefighters were also injured in the explosion. Peters had been with the department for three years, and was survived by his widow and a daughter.


“Fire on Lake Shore Drive; One Dead,” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 10, 1943.

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