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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/13

15 hours 28 minutes ago
6/13/1930 a District of Columbia, Washington DC, firefighter died “while operating at a spectacular and smoky four-alarm blaze at Rudolph & West Hardware Store at #1332 New York Avenue N.W. He was killed when the ladder he was on collapsed, pitching him to the pavement below, where he suffered a fractured skull and broken back.” […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/12

1 day 15 hours ago
6/12/1928 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting a fire on Ellis Avenue. He was overcome by smoke and collapsed while inside the burning building. The firefighter was revived on the scene but continued to have difficulty breathing, so he was transported to Billings Memorial Hospital. Despite efforts to revive him, he died later that […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/11

2 days 16 hours ago
6/11/1965 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died “while working on the fire ground detail of an extra-alarm from the day before at the Philadelphia Civic Center that was destroyed by a six-alarm fire on June 10, 1965, he collapsed and was taken to Philadelphia General Hospital, where he died a few hours later. 6/11/1977 two Greenport, […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/10

3 days 16 hours ago
6/10/1990 a propane fire fueling a portable cooking grill in a function room at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts left one dead and twenty injured in the fire-resistive, nonsprinklered hotel that was constructed in the late 1960s. The building had two sections; an 11-story high-rise portion with guest rooms, and a 3-story low-rise […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/9

4 days 14 hours ago
6/9/1975 a fire in detention hospital killed ten prisoners and one guard in Sanford Florida at the Seminole County Jail after burning urethane mattresses created a rapid buildup of intense heat and toxic smoke. The evacuation route was blocked by approximately one hundred unclaimed bicycles. The jail keys had been left on the floor of […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/8

5 days 18 hours ago
6/8/1905 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed when the roof collapsed in on him as he operated at a three-alarm fire in a cotton storage warehouse that was heavily involved.” 6/8/1909 a Decatur, IL firefighter died while operating at a grain mill fire at 800 W. Eldorado St. 6/8/1952 a Chicago, IL firefighter […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/7

6 days 19 hours ago
6/7/1865 two Chicago, IL firefighters “were killed in a structural collapse at the Zea & Zimmerman warehouse. The warehouse was largely destroyed during the fire, but some interior and exterior walls were still standing as firefighters moved through the smoldering ruins several hours after the bulk of the flames had been extinguished. When one of […]
Karl Thompson

TWO CALIF. FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT 2-ALARM BLAZE

1 week ago
By Gary Klein, Marin Independent Journal A two-alarm fire in Mill Valley severely damaged a 115-year-old home early Sunday and injured two firefighters, one of whom was hospitalized. The fire was reported at 12:24 a.m. at 17 Coronet Ave., a three-bedroom residence in the Blithedale Canyon area, said Battalion Chief Matt Barnes of the Southern […]
Rick Markley

CONN FIREFIGHTER ‘NUKE’ BACK IN HOSPITAL

1 week ago
By New Haven Independent New Haven is upping its prayers again for Firefighter Lt. Samod “Nuke” Rankins. Rankins has returned to the hospital after surviving a fire that killed a colleague. Rankins was put in a coma in the Bridgeport Hospital burn unit as a result of near-fatal injuries he suffered while fighting a Valley Street […]
Rick Markley

TWO CONN. FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO HOSPITAL

1 week ago
By NBC Connecticut Two firefighters were hospitalized after fighting fires at multiples houses in Norwich on Sunday. Officials said two houses were burning on Roath Street and they appear to be a loss. One of the firefighters transported to the hospital was hospitalized for heat exhaustion, crews said. More than half a dozen fire departments […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/6

1 week ago
6/6/1852 a New Haven, CT firefighter died of the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire at a store on Dwight Street. 6/6/1897 three San Francisco, CA firefighters were “killed while engaged at a three-alarm fire at the Shroth & Westerfield Bakery, on Folsom Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. While the men were […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/5

1 week 1 day ago
6/5/1946 sixty-one died and over 200 were injured at the LaSalle Hotel, located at the intersection of LaSalle and Madison Streets in downtown Chicago, IL as fire swept through the 22-story, 1,000 room, “largest, safest and most modern hotel west of New York City” built-in 1909; many of the victims suffocated, some were rescued by […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/4

1 week 2 days ago
6/4/1911 a Louisville, KY firefighter “was injured at a fire at Beechmont on June 3, 1911, and died on June 4, 1911, as a result of injuries he sustained.” 6/4/1940 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while fighting a fire at the Silverman Jobbing Company building at 1420 South Halsted Street. “Nearly one-third of the department’s […]
Karl Thompson

PA. FIREFIGHTER HURT AT AUTO DEALERSHIP FIRE

1 week 3 days ago
By 69 News One firefighter was hurt while fighting a fire at a used car dealership in Muhlenberg Township on Wednesday. The fire broke out around 1 p.m. in the 5300 block of Allentown Pike, inside of a used car dealership. Investigators on the scene reported that no civilians were hurt in the fire. It’s […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/3

1 week 3 days ago
6/3/1857 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died while operating at a fire, which destroyed a commercial building. He was crushed to death when he was caught under a collapsing wall. 6/3/1892 two Omaha, NE firefighters died from the injuries they sustained in a collapse at the Shiverick Furniture Store fire at 1206 Farnum. 6/3/1895 a District […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/2

1 week 4 days ago
6/2/1853 a Manhattan, New York firefighter was “killed while operating at a fire. He succumbed to burns and injuries received three days earlier when he was assisting the fire department fight a fire on Essex Street. He fell through the grating into the basement of the house where he struck his head and received severe […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/1

1 week 5 days ago
6/1/1873 a Louisville, KY firefighter died while operating at a fire in the W. J. Ross and Sons 6/1/1887 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating at a fire, he was killed after being struck by a bale of cotton, which had fallen from the eighth floor. 6/1/1900 two Foxboro, MA firefighters died […]
Karl Thompson
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