Photos of a Chicago Warehouse Turned Into an Ice Cube After Major Fire


This past Tuesday, a major fire gutted an abandoned warehouse in Chicago. More than 50 fire companies and nearly 200 firefighters were summoned to the scene to battle the blaze. What’s interesting is that temperatures in the area were so low that the water used to put out the fire quickly froze, turning the building into a giant block of ice.

A number of photographers flocked to the scene the next day after the inferno had been dealt with, snapping photographs of the strange winter wonderland that the firefighters had left behind.

Here are a number of photographs captured by Chicago-based sociologist and photographer David Schalliol:







You can find more of Schalliol’s photography over on his website and Flickr stream. The Chicago Tribune has also published its own gallery of photographs showing the frozen scene.

(via Colossal)

Image credits: Photographs by David Schalliol and used with permission

  • 3ric15

    wow, stunning photos!

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    unique opportunity, great images :)

  • Mansgame

    Gotta have that camera charged up and ready to go if an opportunity to shoot comes along.

  • Joe Zellers

    Besides these excellent images, it’s very worthwhile to take a look at David Shalloil’s photography. He has done some remarkable series.

  • Jackson Cheese

    Where – is – my – super – suit?

  • Drew Marold

    They should spray any other nearby empty warehouses too. That way if they catch fire they’ll put themselves out as the ice melts.

  • imajez

    I recall seeing similar shots of another Chicago building covered in ice from firefighter’s water. What made these pics even more impressive was the the fact that the building was still on fire and frozen. This happened in early 80s IIRC.