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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/26

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On 6/26/1964 in Marshall’s Creek, Pennsylvania (about 2 hours NW of NYC) firefighters responded to a tractor-trailer fire. The tractor-trailer had no cargo markings and the rear wheels of the tractor were on fire. “The American Cyanamid truck that was carrying 15 tons of explosives and 99 blasting caps when it caught fire and exploded […]
Karl Thompson

OHIO AMBULANCE INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH

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The State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal two vehicle accident near Gaysport. It happened just before 8:00 am Friday near the 8200 block of Old River Road. Lt. Russell Pasqualetti with the Zanesville Post said 62-year-old Charles Wheeler of Blue Rock was driving his pick-up truck northbound on Old River Road when it collided […]
Chris Shimer

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/25

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On 6/25/1985, a series of explosions and subsequent fires at 9:35 a.m. leveled the Aerlex Fireworks Manufacturing Corporation, a fireworks factory, near the town of Jennings, Oklahoma in Hallett, killing twenty-one people and injuring five. The facility was licensed by ATF and produced 90% display-type (special) and 10% common fireworks. The incident, most likely, resulted […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/24

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On 6/24/2021 at approximately 1:22 a.m. the “Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, United States, partially collapsed. Ninety-eight people died. Four people were rescued from the rubble, but one died of injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital. Eleven others were injured. Approximately thirty-five were rescued the […]
Karl Thompson

FDNY MEDICAL OFFICER, FDNY EMT DIES FROM 9-11 ILLNESS

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NEW YORK — The FDNY has suffered two 9/11-related deaths in recent days. Retired EMT Steven Thorsen, who served at Station 23, died Sunday from a World Trade Center-related illness, according to the FDNY Family Assistance Unit. Thorsen served the FDNY for 27 years. Fire Medical Officer Dr. Sabina Ostolski, who was with the Bureau of […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/23

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On 6/23/1913 the 1st National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Committee on Safety to Life was appointed. The Committee studied notable fires involving loss of life; analyzing the cause and factors that contributed to death and injury. “Work led to the preparation of standards for the construction of stairways, fire escapes, and similar structures; fire drills […]
Karl Thompson

FIVE FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT MULTI-BUILDING MICH. FIRE

3 days 21 hours ago
James Paxon, WNEM: Five firefighters and one resident were taken to nearby hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries received in a downtown Holly fire, according to the Oakland County fire chief. Crews said a fire in downtown Holly damaged two structures, including a historic building. Multiple fire departments responded to the Holly Moose Lodge after it caught […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/22

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On 6/22/1863 the town of Emmitsburg, Maryland was destroyed by fire. “Twenty-eight dwellings were destroyed, rendering homeless fifty-four families, numbering in the aggregate one hundred and eighty-nine persons…A large proportion has been accommodated at the Sisterhood”. The fire started on the west end of town burning to the east and changing direction and burning back […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/21

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On 6/21/1982 the K-Mart Distribution Warehouse in Falls Township, Pennsylvania was destroyed by fire, losses exceeding $100 million, after burning flammable aerosol cans flew through open doorways in the firewalls and quickly spread fire throughout the 1.2 million square foot, 27 acres, building overwhelming the local automatic fire sprinklers. As the fire spread unabated the […]
Karl Thompson

4 CALIF. FIREFIGHTERS HOSPITALIZED FROM ILLEGAL FIREWORKS EXPLOSIONS

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By Felicia Alvarez, LA Times: A fire at a Long Beach apartment ignited a cache of fireworks, which exploded Friday and sent four firefighters to the hospital, authorities said Residents at the Belmont Shore Condominiums in the 3900 block of Allin Street began calling in reports of smoke and fire about 8:20 a.m., said Long […]
Rick Markley

MO. FIREFIGHTER FALLS THROUGH FLOOR, TRANSPORTED

5 days 18 hours ago
By Sam Clancy, KSDK: A High Ridge, Missouri, firefighter suffered serious injuries Sunday morning while searching a home after a house fire. According to a release from the High Ridge Fire Protection District, the firefighter suffered serious injuries when a floor gave out and he fell into the basement. He was rescued by additional crews […]
Rick Markley

OHIO CANCER LODD

5 days 23 hours ago
With the greatest sorrow, the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division announces the line of duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Tyler. Sean was diagnosed with occupational-related cancer and retired in 2019 after serving our citizens since May of 2007. He fought courageously and has now found peace. Sean leaves behind his wife, Ashley, and three young children. He […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/20

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On 6/20/1919 the Mayaguez Theater fire killed one-hundred-fifty in San Juan, Puerto Rico “The Yaguez Theater was inaugurated in 1909 in the urban center of the town of Mayaguez.” “The World Almanac and Book of Facts states that 150 people died in the fire, although the records are vague and mostly sensationalist. According to the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/19

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On 6/19/1867 nine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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.” On 6/19/1897 an Iowa City, Iowa firefighter died at a fire in the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER RECEIVES SECOND-DEGREE BURNS IN HOUSE FIRE – MISSOURI

1 week ago
(COLUMBIA, MO) -On Saturday, June 18 at 12:56 a.m., the Columbia Fire Department was called to respond to the 100 block of Lindell Drive for a reported residential structure fire.  Fire crews received reports of a fire in a residential structure with people and animals trapped inside. The first fire crew arrived four minutes later and […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/18

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On 6/18/2007 in Charleston, South Carolina 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. […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN SCRAPYARD FIRE – CONNECTICUT

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A firefighter was injured while putting out a blaze at a scrapyard on Chapel Street in New Haven. Crews were called to respond at 12:11 p.m. Firefighters said they were initially called in for a reported brush fire. When crews got to the scene, they found a scrap pile at a local scrapyard on fire. […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/17

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On 6/17/1972 a collapse occurred during a four-alarm fire at the Hotel Vendome, 170 Commonwealth Avenue killing nine and injuring eight firefighters in Boston, Massachusetts. A portion of the rear wall suddenly collapsed during overhaul operations. “Constructed in 1871 and massively expanded in 1881, the Vendome was a luxury hotel located in Boston’s Back Bay, […]
Karl Thompson
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