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Images: 40th anniversary of the Ben Franklin fire in Palatine.

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Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Firefighters at the funeral of one of the three Palatine firefighters killed in the Ben Franklin fire.

Daily Herald file photo / 1973

Palatine firefighters carry the casket of one of their three fallen firefighters who died fighting the Ben Franklin store fire on February 23, 1973.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin remove one of the victims of the fatal fire.

Daily Herald file photo / 1973

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin fire. Three Palatine firefighters were killed in that fire.

Daily Herald file photo / 1973

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Firefighters comfort one of their own after he learned of the death of his son in Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

Photo Courtesy of John Tobin

Gallery posted: 2/22/2013 12:01 AM

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4O years ago on February 23, 1973, three Palatine firefighters died fighting a fire at the Ben Franklin store in Palatine.
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