|Agency||Chicago Fire Department|
|Type of Firefighter||Career|
|Age Range||56 to 60|
|Date of Birth||0/0/0|
|Date of Death||11/7/1959|
|Cause of Death||Fall|
|Nature of Death||Trauma|
|Attribute of Death||[not applicable]|
|Type of Duty||Firefighting operations , Ladder operations|
On November 7, 1959, Chicago Fire Department Captain Thomas P. Brown of Engine 36 died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment building fire on Jackson Boulevard. The burning building exploded while Brown was trying to reach the roof on a ladder, and he fell to his death.
The fire started on the third floor of the four-story building and was spreading to the fourth floor when the explosion occurred, showering debris onto Brown and two other firefighters. Brown was taken to Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, where he died.
Brown had been a member of the department for 28 years, and he was substituting for a vacationing battalion chief on the day of his death.
Funeral mass for Brown was held at St. Maurice Catholic Church on November 11, and he was survived by his widow, two daughters, and a son.
“Fireman Killed, 3 Hurt at West Side Blaze,” Chicago Daily Tribune, November 8, 1959.
Obituary of Capt. Thomas P. Brown, Chicago Daily Tribune, November 9, 1959.