Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 41 min ago

6/19/1867 nine Philadelphia, PA firefighters were killed “while operating at a major fire involving a theater, they were killed when they were caught under the collapsing front wall. In addition to the firefighters, three performers and three spectators were also killed.”

6/19/1897 an Iowa City, IA firefighter died at a fire in the university library. “During an early morning thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning of struck the university library, setting fire to it. As the firefighter was operating a hoseline on the third floor, the roof collapsed. He was knocked unconscious and burned to death.”

6/19/1918 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after being electrocuted by a down power line. The Chief had been struck as the power line had fallen, another firefighter that had gone to help the Chief, also was struck by the downed line. A second firefighter (the victim) rushed into help both of them and had then come in contact with the powerline, but his injuries proved to be fatal in the end.”

6/19/1922 a Portland, OR firefighter “was electrocuted. He entered a smoke-filled room and tripped on a light cord which wrapped around his neck when he fell. The wire was common telephone type and sent 600 volts of electricity through his body.”

6/19/1967 a Decatur County, Kansas firefighter “was killed at a house fire in rural Decatur County when a chimney collapsed on him.”

6/19/1970 a Franklin, PA firefighter was killed, and the other four men were injured at a chemical refinery fire and explosion. “As welders were working inside a condenser box at a chemical refinery, they set off a series of major explosions that killed them and rapidly engulfed four gasoline storage tanks in the center of the refinery. About three hours after firefighters began to battle the raging blaze, a large tank of crude oil exploded, followed by several smaller explosions of other tanks. Numerous firefighters were knocked down by the blasts and a pumper was caught in a wave of burning fuel oil. The firefighter (victim) and four of his crew were operating in the area of the tanks and were caught by the blasts.”

6/19/1977 a wildfire damages 15,000 acres, near Los Alamos, NM.

6/19/1956 a fire burned off the roof and destroyed most of the top floor of a department store in the center of Boise’s (ID) business district.

6/19/1938 a flood in Montana killed forty-six people and seriously injures more than sixty when it washes out the train tracks.

6/19/1917 Ukiah, CA the three-square blocks of the business section were destroyed by a conflagration.

6/19/1908 Mount Washington, NH the Summit House, a two-and-a-half-story hotel, is destroyed by fire.

6/19/1900 Bloomington, IL the Courthouse and business section of the town were destroyed by fire. “As every effort to check progress of the flames proved futile, the blowing up of buildings with dynamite was resorted to after the fire had been raging for three hours and a half. A strong east wind prevailed, which made the work of the firemen extremely difficult.”

6/19/1873 the business district of Burlington, IA was destroyed fire that started around 3:00 a.m.

6/19/1866 Virginia City, NV, was destroyed by fire, 400 families were homeless.

6/19/1897 Black River Falls, WI a balcony collapse injured twenty who were watching a circus street parade.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:17


One person was hurt when a multi-floor, single family home exploded in New Jersey Monday.

Police, fire and PSE&G officials rushed to the scene on Abbott Avenue in Ridgefield shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Witnesses described a noise that sounded similar to a plane crash, and many of them grabbed their kids and ran for safety before they knew what was happening.

A neighbor from three doors down said the force of the blast knocked him off his feet.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 03:45

6/18/2007 Charleston, SC nine firefighters were killed when the roof collapsed during a fire in a furniture warehouse. Firefighters went into the building believing it could be kept under control. One employee made it out and a second was rescued, when the roof collapsed hurling debris over at least two dozen firefighters. The fire started on the loading dock outside the warehouse and spread into the building around 7:00 p.m. and extended into the structure. “The fire occurred at the Sofa Super Store, which was composed of a 42,000 ft single-story steel trussed showroom building with a 17,000 ft warehouse building located behind the retail space, located at 1807 Savannah Highway in the West Ashley area of Charleston. The building had no fire sprinkler system. The fire started at approximately 7:00 p.m. in a covered loading dock area built between the showroom and warehouse buildings which was attached to both buildings. At the time, the business was still open, and employees were present. Charleston firefighters arrived on the scene just three minutes after the alarm, followed soon after by firefighters from the St. Andrews Public Service District. The initial attack focused on extinguishing the fire in the loading dock area, with a secondary effort to search for and evacuate civilians, and to prevent the fire from spreading to the showroom and warehouse. Crews entering the showroom reportedly initially encountered clear visibility with only very light puffs of smoke visible near the ceiling at the back of the showroom. Shortly thereafter, an exterior door was opened near where the fire was raging. Efforts to close the door failed, allowing the fire to enter the showroom. Firefighters were ordered to stretch two hose lines into the showroom to attack the spreading fire, however the pre-connected hose line from one of the units was too short, requiring some firefighters to again exit the building to add additional sections of hose and leaving only one small handline to hold back the growing fire. At about this time, fire dispatchers advised the crews on-scene that they had received a 9-1-1 call from an employee who was trapped in the warehouse, which required some firefighters to direct their attention to the rescue. The trapped employee was eventually rescued by firefighters who breached an exterior wall to reach him. Despite efforts to confine and extinguish the fire, it continued to spread into the structure and ignited furniture in the showroom, growing more quickly than the few operating hose lines could control before additional water could be applied to the fire; however, efforts to stretch and begin operating additional hose lines continued. At 7:41 p.m. the showroom area of the store experienced a flashover while at least sixteen firefighters were still working inside. The flashover contributed to the rapid deterioration of the structural integrity of the building, leading to a near-complete collapse of the roof just minutes later. Many of the firefighters caught in the flashover were unable to escape and were trapped under the collapsed roof and shelving weakened by the fast-spreading fire. Several calls for help were made by trapped firefighters and efforts to rescue them were commenced. These efforts proved unsuccessful. By the time the fire was brought under control, nine Charleston firefighters had been killed.”

6/18/1899 a Denver, Colorado firefighter succumbed to injuries on 7/20/1899 he sustained while operating at the Western Chemical Company fire on June 18, 1899, at South Seventh and Bayaud. “The fire started just before 6:00 p.m., billowing thick brown smoke from a storeroom. The storeroom contained about 50 carboys of muriatic acid, two of which had already exploded. The Assistant Chief stated, “We went into the room with a hose from the chemical tank of Truck 3 and soon had the fire out”. Five firefighters were taken ill by the muriatic acid fumes. Doctors treated one firefighter with injections of nitro-glycerin and whisky as well as oxygen. He died as a result of exposure to the fumes and pneumonia.

6/18/1899 an Omaha, NE firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained when a keg of gunpowder exploded as he was attempting to move it from the fire he was operating, at the Allen Brothers Wholesale Grocer, at 902-14 Jones Street.”

6/18/1922 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of injuries he sustained on June 15th, when he and another fireman were caught under a collapsing chimney while operating at an eight-alarm fire. The other firefighter died that day as a result of injuries sustained.”

6/18/1964 a Duluth, MN firefighter died after he arrived at a fire in an occupied duplex dwelling. “Firefighters were told of a child that was trapped in the burning building. He was one of the men who entered the structure to search for the missing child. The three-month-old infant was found and rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival of smoke inhalation. While directing the firefighting operations, the firefighter suddenly collapsed in full arrest. Attempts to revive him were made immediately and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival due to smoke inhalation.”

6/18/1968 Kostinbrod Chemical Works fire killed ten near Sofia, Bulgaria.

6/18/1958 Burlington, IA a shell-loading line facility explosion killed four at the Iowa Ordnance Plant.

6/18/1922 Minneapolis, MN Lafayette Club fire left two dead.

6/18/1921 Casper, WY several oil tanks caught fire after a lightning strike, 445,000 barrels of crude and fuel oil burned.

6/18/1912 Gardiner, ME the Oakland Manufacturing Mill fire.

6/18/1909 Wolcott, VT Wolcott House Hotel fire extends to several buildings in town.

6/18/1895 Tottenham, ON eighty houses were destroyed by fire that started in a foundry and was fanned by a strong wind.

6/18/1888 Danbury, CT conflagration started in the business section of the town around 3:00 p.m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 14:14

CBS New York:

Two firefighters were injured battling a three-alarm blaze in Brooklyn.

Flames broke out shortly after midnight inside a multi-family home on West 19th Street in Coney Island.

The fire quickly spread to two other houses.

No civilians were hurt. The firefighters injuries were described as minor.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 14:00

New York Post:

A veteran FDNY firefighter who died battling a Queens blaze in 2017 wasn’t tethered to his ladder basket when he plummeted five stories to his death, an investigation found.

William Tolley, 42, was standing in the basket, which was attached to a 75-foot ladder, when it got stuck against the roof of the five-story residential building, the probe concluded.

Moments later, “the platform suddenly released … causing a violent, upward movement and ejecting the firefighter from the platform,” says the November 2018 report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a copy of which The Post obtained.

It found that Tolley’s “personal escape system” was not tied to the platform, causing him to free fall onto the Putnam Avenue sidewalk below.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:41


A northwest Reno fire damaged a home Saturday morning and a falling ceiling injured a firefighter, but he was treated and released from a hospital.

The Reno Fire Department initially received a call about a brush fire about 6:35 a.m., but while responding were told it was a home on fire in the 2200 block of Gatewood Drive, Battalion Chief Dick Nachtsheim said.

Firefighters found the fire had expanded from the roof into the attic. Two people who were in the home were out of it. There was damage to the exterior of the home, smoke damage in the attic and water damage in one room, Nachtsheim said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:35

Today’s News-Herald:

The Buckskin Fire District’s rescue boat sank to the bottom of the Colorado River Friday while firefighters were responding to a boat fire.

According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters were putting out a boat fire near Bluewater Lagoon when the Buckskin fire boat began taking on water. When the firefighters realized the pump was routing water improperly, they hurried to the shoreline as the boat became completely submerged. No injuries were reported during the incident.

The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it will loan a jet boat to the Buckskin Fire Department until the vessel can be replaced or repaired.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 13:28

By Dan Glaun, MassLive:

Seven Boston firefighters and two civilians suffered non-life-threatening injuries during a nine-alarm blaze that tore through eight homes on Saturday near the Dorchester-Mattapan line.

The Boston Fire Department responded to a vacant Old Morton Street house around 4:45 p.m. to find it engulfed in flames. The fire quickly spread through the neighborhood, prompting the department to raise nine alarms as they battled to keep the flames under control.

“It took a couple of hours to get the heavy fires knocked down,” Boston Fire Department spokesman Brian Alkins said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 04:26

6/17/1972 Boston, MA a collapse occurred during a four-alarm fire at the Hotel Vendome, 170 Commonwealth Avenue killed nine and injured eight firefighters. A portion of the rear wall suddenly collapsed during overhaul operations. “Built in 1871 and massively expanded in 1881, the Vendome was a luxury hotel located in Boston’s Back Bay, just north of Copley Square.” The fire started in an elevator shaft sometime around 2:00 p.m. “At 2:35 p.m. Box 1571 was received at Boston Fire Alarm. It took nearly three hours to stop the 4–alarm blaze. Apparatus at the scene included 16 fire engines, 5 ladders, 2 aerial towers and 1 heavy rescue. All apparatus had full crews. Once the fire was out, the BFD commenced a routine overhaul operation. Then, at 5:28 p.m. without warning, the fire in the seven-story hotel that was under control, killed nine firefighters and injured eight others when the five upper floors of the southeast section of the building collapsed, carrying them down to the street below.”

6/17/2001 three firefighters were killed when an explosion rocked a warehouse in Astoria, Queens, (New York City) on “Father’s Day.” “At 2:19 p.m. a phone call to the FDNY Queens Central Office reported a fire at 12-22 Astoria Blvd, in the Astoria Section of Queens, New York. For almost 80 years, the Long Island General Supply store has been a fixture in the Long Island City section of Queens serving local contractors and residents with all of their hardware needs. Unfortunately, that included propane tanks and other flammable liquids. Two structures were involved in this incident. Both buildings were interconnected on the first floors as well as the cellars. FDNY Units arrived within 5 minutes of the dispatch and gave the signal for a working fire. Firefighters were making good progress but at 2:48 p.m. something went terribly wrong. Witnesses on the scene report hearing a small explosion followed by a huge blast. The shock wave from the blast blew down every firefighter on the street and knocked down the exposure wall onto the sidewalk, right on top of firefighters venting the building. Subsequent investigations revealed that two local kids were in the rear yard of the building when unbeknownst to them they knocked over a can of gasoline. The gasoline ran under the rear door, into the basement eventually finding an ignition source in the form of the water heater. When the water heater kicked in, it ignited the gasoline. As firefighters began working in the building the fire caused the explosion of a large propane tank illegally stored in the basement.”

6/17/1875 a Hartford, CT firefighter was killed while operating at a fire involving the railroad car shops.

6/17/1881 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died after being overcome by the effects of a 2-alarm fire in a 2-story addition of the 6-story building on June 16, 1881. He had been operating at the Armstrong Furniture Factory on Franklin Street.”

6/17/1882 Boston, MA a cotton mill fire and collapse killed two firefighters and injured nineteen.

6/17/1893 a Coney Island, New York firefighter died after he fell through the roof of the Bass Hotel when it collapsed.

6/17/1913 two Minneapolis, MN firefighters died fighting a fire in North High School, 18th and Fremont Avenues North. They were laying lines onto a porch roof when an attic roof collapse pushed a brick gable wall out onto them. One, on the porch, and the other, on the ground, were buried in debris with four other firefighters; both sustained injuries that caused their deaths within a few hours. The second firefighter passed away from his injuries one day later on June 18, 1913.

6/17/1919 an Albany, New York firefighter was killed while operating at a six-alarm fire that destroyed a five-story brick hotel.

6/17/1947 two Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighters “were killed when a 35-gallon gasoline tank blew up on a burning speedboat moored 400 feet offshore. The tank struck them after it crashed through the cabin of the launch that they had boarded to get to the fire.”

6/17/1960 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after being caught in a wall collapse at fire on Buchanan Road. He was taken to Deaconess Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

6/17/1990 two Ravenswood Aluminum Company (West Virginia) firefighters “died after being overcome after a Halon fire suppression system had been activated.”

6/17/2011 a Du Quoin, IL firefighter died “while fighting a commercial fire in Pinckneyville, Illinois. The two-building fire started in the Pinckneyville Antique Mall and spread to the adjacent Kunz Opera House. The Du Quoin Fire Department responded to the fire as one of nine mutual aid agencies. The firefighter was on a ladder near the east wall of the Antique Mall when the wall collapsed. He suffered head and neck trauma and was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital where he succumbed to his fatal injuries.

6/17/2014 a 5:40 p.m. fire killed three children, and one adult at Northside Jacksonville, FL double-wide trailer home that was destroyed by the fire.

6/17/2013 an explosion and fire at a laminate manufacturing plant in Postville, Iowa, injured three people in a non-combustible three-story, 150,000-square-foot building when chemical vapors used in the manufacturing process exploded after an employees tried to restart a furnace that had shut down. A wet-pipe sprinkler system provided complete coverage, but it was not effective because the explosion damaged the piping resulting in a $10 million loss.

6/17/1932 the oil tanker Cymbeline exploded and burned in the dry-docks of Montreal, Canada killing twenty-one and injuring sixty-three.

6/17/1925 Fort Sill, OK the Field Artillery school burned; seven double quarter two-story frame buildings were damaged.

6/17/1882 Gadsden, AL conflagration, sixteen buildings were damaged.

6/17/1881 Ludington, MI conflagration; started in a saloon, near to the center of the business section of the town and spread rapidly.

6/17/1850 Paddle-wheeler “G P Griffith” burned off Mentor OH 206 died.

6/17/1958 a bridge under construction in Vancouver collapses, killing fifty-nine workers.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/16/2019 - 04:12

6/16/1875 a Boston, MA firefighter died at a fireworks factory fire. “An explosion of gunpowder occurred at Charles E. Masten’s fireworks factory on Kemble Street, Roxbury. Box 213, (Norfolk Avenue & Hamden Street) was sounded at 2:58 p.m. Five civilians were also killed and ten severely injured. Several of the dead were teenagers. The factory was a 2-story wood building about 20 feet by 40 feet and it was completely destroyed.”

6/16/1925 Chicago, IL a firefighter died while trying to recover two construction workers from a confined space. “Five men were working in the caisson when the drill struck a gas pocket. Three men clambered to safety. Two dropped to the floor of the pit overcome by the gas.” “Firefighters responded to 714 West Jackson Boulevard after three workers in the chamber collapsed and lost consciousness due to leaking sewer gas. The firefighter descended into the caisson chamber wearing a breathing apparatus, and successfully revived two construction workers who he sent to the surface. He also recovered the body of one dead worker, but he collapsed from asphyxiation when his breathing apparatus ran out of oxygen before he himself could climb out of the caisson.”

6/16/1941 three Chicago, IL firefighters died while fighting a fire at the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, a manufacturer of wooden boxes at 900 West Ogden Avenue. “The fire started in bales of paper located on the first-floor of the two-story brick building. The shooting embers then ignited a fire on the second-floor by sparking a mill dust explosion. With the rush from the blast, the flames spread quickly throughout the rest of the building and caused the roof to collapse. Three Chicago firefighters were trapped by the collapse in the burning rubble. A 5-11 alarm and subsequent special alarm calls had brought 45 pieces of fire apparatus and equipment to the scene on Ogden Avenue. Firefighters had just started hose operations when the roof collapsed, so the firefighter presence within the building was still somewhat limited. Unfortunately, the severity of the explosion prevented firefighters from rescuing their trapped colleagues, and the three trapped firefighters asphyxiated in the burning rubble. Five other firefighters were injured by the explosion.”

6/16/1955 a Richfield, MN firefighter “died fighting a fire at 6437 5th Ave. The fire was one of two that night set by an arsonist, according to news articles from the time. During the fire, he collapsed after suffering from smoke inhalation in the low attic area of the home and was transported to St. Mary’s hospital, but died during transport in the ambulance.”

6/16/1986 a Chicago, IL firefighter “was fatally injured when he was struck by an air conditioner that fell out of a burning apartment building at 4753 N. Avers. He was stationed outside the building when the fire burned through a windowsill on the building’s third-floor, leaving the air conditioner without any support.”

6/16/2006 a West Babylon, New York firefighter was electrocuted recovering equipment after a fire. The fire department responded to a structure fire in a restaurant on June 13, 2006. During the course of the fire fight, a ventilation hole was cut into an awning. At the conclusion of the incident, a tarpaulin was placed over the hole by firefighters. On June 16, 2006, firefighters went to the restaurant to retrieve the tarp. A firefighter climbed a ground ladder to access the tarp; he was at the tip of the ladder when he made contact with an electrified sign on the awning and was electrocuted. He was rendered unconscious immediately and was hanging upside down from the ladder. The firefighter was brought down from the ladder, treated, and transported to a hospital. He did not survive. The sign was found to be improperly grounded.”

6/16/2015 a balcony collapsed killed six people and others were seriously injured at an apartment building near the University of California at Berkeley.

6/16/1911 Mason City, Iowa High School was destroyed by fire started from a lightning strike.

6/16/1909 downtown Brownwood, TX was destroyed by fire.

6/16/1893 Warrenton, MO around 10:00 p.m. the dormitory of the Central Wesleyan College was destroyed by fire. “At the time the fire was discovered fully 1,200 people were in the college hall in attendance at the commencement exercises. That a panic did not ensue was due to the presence of mind of the presiding officer, who quietly had the doors locked, separating the hall from the burning portion and allowing the audience to make its exit calmly and safely. Several persons were injured by falling timbers while attempting to extinguish the blaze. The electric lights were shut off to prevent accident, leaving the city in darkness.”

6/16/1891 Casselman, ON, thirty miles from Ottawa, on the Canada Atlantic railway, was destroyed by fire. “Immense piles of lumber, containing millions of feet, and huge stacks of tan bark are reported to be burning. The large planing mills, sash and blind factory, sawmills and a large number of stores and residences have been burned.”

6/16/1898 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:12


Two firefighters were injured fighting a house fire in Turley early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters say when they got to the scene near 56th street north and Peoria an abandoned house was on fire and was starting to spread to another abandoned house next to it.

Both firefighters were treated at the scene. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 17:44

By Kristine Garcia, Pix11:

A fire broke out at a Marble Hill home early Saturday, injuring at least three firefighters.





More than 100 firefighters responded to a blaze on the first floor of a three-story home along West 227th Street between Van Corlear Place and Adrian Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., fire officials said.

All residents were able to exit the home safely, fire officials said.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. They were taken to New York Presbyterian-The Allen Hospital, where they were treated and released, fire officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 17:36

By Shaddi Abusaid, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A firefighter was hospitalized and two dogs were killed after a blaze erupted overnight at an East Point home, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 2100 block of Kenny Court about 2:20 a.m., East Point city spokeswoman Renita Shelton said Saturday.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy flames coming from the right side of the two-story house with the home’s occupants safely outside. One of the residents was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 04:22

6/15/1904 the SS General Slocum steamship fire killed 1,030 in New York, NY after a dangerously overcrowded boat left the dock in Manhattan with a group from St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. A fire was discovered by boy who was told to “shut up and mind your own business” in a storeroom, filled with a combination of oil and excelsior. The compartment was heavily involved in fire. The fire protection equipment was not tested and did not work.

6/15/1921 a Portland, Oregon firefighter died at a fire in the May Apartments at SW 14th and Taylor. “The fire, which would cause $75,000 in damage, began in the basement tool room and traveled up the dumb waiter to the top of the building and involving all four stories. The investigation revealed the likely cause was spontaneous combustion of oily rags. So rapid was the spread that arriving crews had to place ladders to rescue occupants from upstairs windows. The firefighter had entered the 3rd floor to try and locate the seat of the fire when he was overcome by smoke. He was found lying on the floor. In all, four other firefighters and three civilians were injured in the fire.”

6/15/1922 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating at an eight-alarm fire. He was killed, and another firefighter was critically injured, when they were caught under a collapsing chimney. The injured firefighter died three days later on June 18th as a result of injuries sustained.

6/15/1925 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while performing his duties at the Berg Brothers fire, at 638 Clay Street.”

6/15/1936 a Sacramento County, CA firefighter died of the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire.

6/15/1961 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961. As a result of the accident that cost several lives, a bill was passed to prevent tandem trailers from carrying gasoline. As a result of this incident four firefighters would die.”

6/15/1992 a Detroit, Michigan firefighter was killed while “engaged in exterior suppression directing a 2-½” line through the basement windows of the structure. Without warning, the dwelling collapsed, trapping him and five other firefighters.”

6/15/2003 two Memphis, TN firefighters died at a structure fire involving a Family Dollar Store. “As they arrived on-scene, they found smoke showing from the store at the end of a strip mall. Firefighters proceeded through the retail area of the store and encountered only light smoke. When they attempted to enter a small office in the stock area at the rear of the store, they encountered a working fire. They were unable to close the office door and the fire advanced rapidly. Firefighters advanced handlines into the interior of the store and began fire suppression operations. As they worked in the rear of the structure, conditions worsened rapidly as dense smoke and high heat levels filled the building. One of the firefighters requested relief and left the nozzle to return to the exterior. He likely became disoriented in the smoke although his actions after leaving the nozzle are unknown. The second firefighter (victim) and another firefighter began to direct their hose stream into the stockroom area. They heard a firefighter call for help. A structural collapse occurred and knocked him and the other firefighter to their knees. He transmitted a Mayday call and said that he was trapped in the building. The collapse occurred approximately 17 minutes after the initial dispatch. The firefighter he was with was able to free him from the debris and both firefighters headed for the front of the store following their hoseline. As the firefighter crawled over a large pile of debris, they lost contact. Upon hearing the Mayday, the RIC advanced into the interior of the store and began their search. The RIC located and removed a firefighter; he was out of air and disoriented. The RIC then located the firefighter that had been with the missing firefighter; he too was out of air and disoriented. A ladder company was the only fire company at the rear of the building. They had forced entry to a rear door but did not have a handline and could not advance into the building. These firefighters heard an activated PASS device in the interior after hearing reports of missing firefighters. The rear sector commander allowed firefighters to enter the interior without a handline to search for the downed firefighters. Upon entering the structure, firefighters heard two PASS devices. They were able to follow the sound to the first missing firefighter and remove him from the building. Firefighters made repeated rescue efforts but were driven from the store by rapid fire progress and their efforts were slowed by the structural collapse. Due to fire conditions, the IC ordered an end to all interior operations. After the major body of fire was controlled with exterior streams, a rescue company breached a wall at the rear of the structure. The location of the hole was based on reports of the whereabouts of the second missing firefighter. He was removed from the building and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson. The store manager ignited the fire in an office to the rear of the structure. The fire was set to cover the theft of several thousand dollars from the store safe.”

6/15/2011 a Muncie, Indiana firefighter died after he and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a report of a fire in a large church. “First arriving firefighters reported visible flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof. The first arriving company officer called for a second alarm and shortly thereafter special called additional tankers (tenders). Firefighters entered the structure and found mostly clear conditions in the interior of the church. As firefighters began to open up the ceilings to access the attic space, they discovered a considerable amount of fire. Interior crews were having difficulty controlling the fire with a handline. Water supply was an issue; the area of the church did not have fire hydrants. Interior firefighters notified the incident commander that they were withdrawing from the structure. As firefighters were preparing to leave, a structural collapse occurred. An accountability check was conducted and it was realized that a firefighter was missing. Due to the volume of fire, firefighters were unable to access the collapsed area. The firefighter was located when a news helicopter flying over the scene spotted his remains in the debris. The cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation. The origin of the fire was likely a lightning strike earlier in the day.”

6/15/2013 Indianapolis, IN a large fire at recycling plant on the outskirts of downtown burned for several hours. Firefighters were forced to address difficult private hydrant access, exploding propane tanks, interior structural collapse, high winds, spot fires from flying embers, and an active railroad at the former Link Belt factory building.

6/15/1960 Cape Canaveral, FL a Titan missile explosion killed a technician and injured nine others.

6/15/1922 over 600 buildings were destroyed by fire in Arverne, NY fire.

6/15/1903 Jackson, KY a hotel was destroyed by an arsonist seeking vengeances against the owner.

6/15/1900 Edna, TX Courthouse was destroyed by fire around 4:00 a.m.

6/15/1854 Worcester, MA conflagration.

6/15/1917 “two months after America’s formal entrance into World War I against Germany, the United States Congress passes the Espionage Act. The Espionage Act essentially made it a crime for any person to convey information intended to interfere with the U.S. armed forces prosecution of the war effort or to promote the success of the country’s enemies. Anyone found guilty of such acts would be subject to a fine of $10,000 and a prison sentence of 20 years.”

6/15/1936 a U.S. Coast Guard amphibian plane on storm patrol crashed into Tampa Bay, about 2 miles east of the St. Petersburg, FL Coast Guard Radio Station.

6/15/1916 the Boy Scouts of America received a federal charter signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Southern Tire Mart After Fatality at Texas Retreading Facility

OSHA - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:00
June 14, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Southern Tire Mart After Fatality at Texas Retreading Facility
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:33

6/14/1954 the 1st nationwide civil defense drill was held. “The drill was organized and evaluated by the Civil Defense Administration, and included operations in 54 cities in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. The basic premise of the drill was that the United States was under massive nuclear assault from both aircraft and submarines, and that most major urban areas had been targeted.”

6/14/1896 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter will die on July 7, 1896 from injuries he received while working the White Mills Distilling Company fire. “At 6 o’clock in the morning on June 14, 1896, a night watchman noticed a large fire in Warehouse A of the White Mills Distilling Company. The third-alarm fire brought nearly every fire apparatus to the scene. Warehouse B was only 16′ away from the burning building. Engine 17 was the first fire company to arrive and began throwing water on the red-hot Warehouse B. This action saved the warehouse. As the barrels of whiskey exploded and broke open, a river of water and burning whiskey began to flow. At 10:00 p.m. three firefighters were carrying a hose line between two building. One of the firefighter slipped and fell causing the others to fall. Two firefighters caught themselves and were badly burned on their arms. The third firefighter fell full length into the burning whiskey. Firefighters tore his burning clothing from his body. Those who witnessed the incident thought he was going to burn up on the spot. He was taken to Hook and Ladder 2 where a physician treated his injuries, but the injured firefighter died on July 7, 1896, after lingering with his burns for three weeks.”

6/14/1914 a Binghamton, NY firefighter “was killed fighting a fire at Hayes Boat house. This was located at the corner of Hawley St and Emerson Pl on the Susquehanna River. His neck was broken when the boat house collapsed on him and several other firefighters.”

6/14/1911 two firefighters were injured fighting a fire at the Pomona, CA Hotel & Tavern.

6/14/1914 a Binghamton, NY firefighter “was killed fighting a fire at Hayes Boat house. This was located at the corner of Hawley St and Emerson Pl on the Susquehanna River. His neck was broken when the boat house collapsed on him and several other firefighters.”

6/14/1915 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at 1950 S. 15th Street.”

6/14/1946 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter was killed and two other injured when they “were blown into the water by an explosion at a four-alarm blaze in the rubber tire, tar, and coal filled hold of a 5000-ton freighter tied up to a dock at Kane Street. The firefighter died from drowning. The two other firefighters were rescued and taken to the hospital afterward.”

6/14/1963 two Richmond, VA firefighters “were killed as they tried to rescue a worker who had become overcome by fumes in a sewer line.”

6/14/1979 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed, and 19 others were injured, at a four-alarm fire, which started in the fifth-floor storage closet of the Macy’s Department Store. The fire rapidly spread throughout the fifth floor as firefighters were preparing to stretch a line. As conditions deteriorated, the firefighter became disoriented and separated from his company. Due to extremely heavy smoke conditions a search for him could not be made until about 150 windows were taken out to help relieve the heavy smoke conditions. He was found face down, in a display area. His SCBA was empty and he had suffered extensive burns and smoke inhalation. The sprinkler system was out of service at the time of the fire.”

6/14/1992 a Detroit, Michigan firefighter died from Smoke inhalation.

6/14/2015 fifty-five homes were destroyed by the Sockeye fire in Willow, Alaska. “Nearly 100 Willow properties have had structures damaged or destroyed by the fire.” The wildland fire burned more than 7,220 acres in an area where approximately 2,000 people live.

6/14/2014 a fire at the Rosneft east Siberian Achinsk (Russia) refinery killed seven and injured seven when a fire broke out at a fractionation unit of the refinery, which produces 140,000 barrels per day of oil products and exported 2.3 million tons of fuel oil per year, the plant was badly damaged –

6/14/2013 a gasoline tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons crashed in a tunnel and caught fire causing $16.5 million damages on the Glendale (2) Freeway at the Golden State (5) Freeway interchange north of downtown Los Angeles, CA.

6/14/2013 Macon, GA a mother and her three daughters died in a duplex fire; investigators found no evidence of working smoke detectors at the house.

6/14/1983 five were killed and thirty-four injured in a suspicious fire at a Ramada Inn Central just off Interstate 30 in Fort Worth, TX that started around 3:20 a.m. in a first-floor corridor involving 23 rolls of carpeting and padding. The alarm system in the main building did not work, the batteries were corroded, and there were no smoke alarms in the 86-room northeast wing of the two-story protected wood frame non-sprinklered hotel with interior corridors connected by three unenclosed interior stairways, where the fire started adjacent to an exit. Smoke alarms were not required when the hotel was built 10 years before the fire.

6/14/1974 Carteret Shopping Center fire with losses over $30 million in Carteret, IL.

6/14/1974 Plattsburg, MO a fire destroyed the top floor of the 80-year-old building Clinton County Courthouse.

6/14/1909 Wise, VA conflagration.

6/14/1901 West Baden, IN the Mineral Springs Hotel was destroyed by fire.

6/14/1860 Sandusky, Ohio the West’s Hotel, a crowded balcony collapses injuring several.

5/14/1850 a fire destroyed a part of San Francisco, CA.

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Share Your Fire Code Experiences for an Exciting, New Documentary

Everyone Goes Home - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:14

Fire and Life Safety codes play an important, yet often unseen, role in our lives. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is looking to tell the stories of how fire and life safety codes have impacted your community, department and personnel.

This could be lives saved because a new code went into effect, new code efforts that are being driven by the result of a tragedy or close calls, personal stories and more.

These stories may be included as part of an exciting new series of short documentaries which will inform the public in a creative and engaging way about the critical role fire and life safety codes play in everyday life — at home, at work, at play, in transit, at school and beyond.

Who should submit?

Any member of the fire/rescue service, community, industry or government as well as citizens and residents of jurisdictions who embrace or bump up against codes every single day.

What should I submit?

Beyond the big incidents that we all know about, such as the recent and tragic Notre Dame fire, most all fire and life safety codes result from incidents where a behavioral modifier (a code!) could have made a difference, like with all-too-common firework mishandling instances. Whether you have a recent incident or a historic event to share, we want to hear about your experiences.

Please submit your stories by June 30, 2019. Share your Fire Code Experiences

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:42

One of the New Mexico firefighters seriously injured in an explosion last week had surgery Monday and is recovering.

Roswell firefighter Hoby Bonham had skin grafts and is up and walking, KRQE-TV reports. Another firefighter, Jeff Stroble, suffered extensive burns over most of his body and is still in stable condition.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:40

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries Tuesday while responding to the Sand Fire — Northern’s California’s largest so far this fire season — as the threat from the blaze dwindled and resources were scaled back from earlier in the week, authorities said.

As of Wednesday morning, containment of the blaze that sparked Saturday near the Yolo County community of Guinda stood at 80 percent, with 2,512 acres burned and seven non-residential structures destroyed.

Crews were focusing on extinguishing hot spots and 694 fire officials were responding, down from more than 1,100 people on Monday, according to Cal Fire. Officials expect Wednesday’s cooler temperatures to help firefighting efforts.

An evacuation advisory for residents of County Road 41 was lifted Tuesday and Highway 16 was opened at noon.

Other fires in California include the Calaveras Fire, which ignited Monday near East Calaveras Road and Weller Road in the eastern part of Milpitas, reached 100% containment Wednesday morning. The blaze consumed 35 acres.

In Napa County, the Ink Fire, which sparked northeast of Calistoga near Pope Valley Road, was fully contained Wednesday morning at 50 acres, authorities said.

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