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Allgauer Restaurant Fire Chicago Negative Trims 5/13/58

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0609
Run Time
0h 8m 48s
Date Produced
May 13 1958
Firefighters attempt to extinguish a massive fire at Allgauer's Fireside Restaurant in Lincolnwood, IL at the northwest corner of Lincoln and Touhy Avenues on May 13, 1958.
A group of firefighters use hoses to douse the chalet-style building in water as onlookers gather to watch as the restaurant is completely engulfed in flames. They continue to battle the flames long into the night. By morning, the fire seems to have been extinguished but much of the structure has been destroyed and smoke continues to waft through the air. A man on a stretcher is carried into an ambulance. The fire seemingly redevelops as firetrucks return to the scene and more of the structure is consumed.

It was later reported that the fire was started by two armed men who entered the premises, forced employees onto the floor, and doused the restaurant in gasoline. The fire caused over one million dollars in damage and put the restaurant out of business. The case gained national media attention and owner Gustav Allgauer was questioned before the Senate Rackets Committee about any connections he had to organized crime. The crime was never solved, but is presumed to have been a mob hit.
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Related Place
Lincolnwood (represents)