|Handprint of the Chicago Firehouse|
|Theories|| · Spiritual imprint|
The Handprint of the Chicago Firehouse is a strange phenomenon that has manifested on a window at the Fire Engine Company 107. On April 18, 1924, a firefighter named Frank Leavy was washing a window at the fire station. For some reason, he paused in his work, his hand resting against the pane of glass, and he told a friend who was standing nearby that he had the strangest feeling he was going to die that day. Just then, the station received an alarm call and the fire fighters was sent to a fire that had broken out at Curran Hall, an office building in Chicago. While fighting the fire, a wall collapsed and killed eight of the firemen. Frank Leavy was one of those killed. (prairieghosts.com)
Soon after Leavy's death, a mysterious handprint appeared on the window where he once placed his hand the day of the fire. Over the years, the window has been washed on both sides with both water and a special solution.
There are several explanations as to what the phenomenon could be. Theories include:
- A spiritual imprint
- A coincidence
- Over the years, there have been suggestions that the pane of glass be removed, but many of the firemen argued, saying that it was not right to fool with the unknown.
- On the morning of April 18, 1944 a careless paper boy tossed the morning edition at the fire house and shattered the window where Frank's handprint had been.