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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Charles McClaughry
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Captain
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 61 to 70
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 6/12/1944
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion , Contact/Exposure
Nature of Death Heart attack , Heat exhaustion
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 6/12/1944
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On June 12, 1944, Chicago Fire Department Captain Charles McClaughry of Truck 33 collapsed at the firehouse after fighting a basement fire in a rooming house on South Ashland Avenue. McClaughry and ten other firefighters had been overcome by smoke while fighting the 3-11 alarm blaze, but had remained on scene until the fire was extinguished.

McClaughry had been with the department for 38 years, and had been a captain for 22 years. He responded to the fire as acting chief of Battalion 21.

Funeral services for McClaughry were held on June 15, and he was survived by a daughter and five sisters.


“Fire Captain Succumbs After Battling Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, June 13, 1944.

Obituary of Capt. Charles M. McClaughry, Chicago Daily Tribune, June 14, 1944.

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