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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Francis Horan
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 51 to 55
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 9/2/1939
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 9/2/1939
Incident Location Store/Office
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On September 2, 1939, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Francis “Frank” J. Horan of Truck 35 died in the line of duty after he suffered a heart attack while fighting a fire in the drying room of the Suds Wet Wash Laundry on North Pulaski Road.

The original cause of the fire was unclear, but a series of small explosions spread flames throughout the laundry’s drying room. Horan was among the first firefighters to arrive on scene, and he was actively fighting the fire when he collapsed. He was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Funeral services for Horan were held at St. Veronica’s Church on September 5, and he was buried at All Saints Cemetery.


“Fireman Killed, Another Hurt in Laundry Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 2, 1939.

“Inquiry Ordered in Laundry Blaze Killing Fireman,” Chicago Daily Tribune, September 3, 1939.

Obituary of Francis J. Horan, Chicago Daily Tribune, September 3, 1939.

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