On 1/15/2022, the Ashland, Holderness, and New Hampton (NH) Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported building fire just down the road from the Ashland fire station. Crews arrived quickly and reported heavy smoke and fire showing. A second-alarm was requested bringing in more towns from around the Lakes Region. Hampering firefighting efforts were temperatures hovering around 0-degrees and moderate winds pushing the wind chill down to about negative 20-degrees.
My father, Fred Fredericks, was a Chicago firefighter from the late 1950s until his retirement in 1986. He was stationed at 10 W. Hubbard, 81st and Ashland, and Midway Airport. He passed away this fall, and my siblings and I found the attached picture while going through his belongings.
This picture shows my father putting water on a fire, in the winter of a year in the late 50s or early 60s, we believe.
We thought that visitors to your blog might find it interesting, and might possibly remember some specifics about this fire.
Thank you for your interest.
-Paul Fredericks, Plainfield, IL