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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/25

23 hours 29 minutes ago
The name “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia, when it was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966 to describe the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents, and congested sidewalks that resulted from the shopping day after Thanksgiving. Contemporary use of the term now refers to it as the point in the year […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/24

2 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving, today kitchens become one of the busiest places in a home. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment. Three times as many fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any average day. Cooking remains the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, according to the NFPA. Home […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/23

3 days ago
On 11/23/1963 Golden Age nursing home of Fitchville, Ohio fire killed sixty-three and injured twenty-five most were over 60 years old and many were invalids, in the 60-year-old former Norwood Chronic Hospital at a 4:45 a.m. flash fire spread rapidly through the building; firefighters were unable to rescue those trapped. The news of the fire […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/22

4 days ago
On 11/22/1919 the Ville Platte, Louisiana Dance Hall fire left fifteen seriously injured and twenty-five dead; many crushed by the mass panic as nearly 3,000 people, mostly women and children, attempted to escape the oil stove explosion and ensuing fire from the 2nd floor of the Deville Building, most of the exits were blocked. “On […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN FIRE INVOLVING SIX HOUSES – CONNECTICUT

4 days 4 hours ago
Firefighters responded early Monday morning to a multi-home fire that ripped through the Neptune Park neighborhood in New London. One home on Mott Avenue was completely destroyed in the blaze that spread to at least five other homes, according to New London Police Chief Thomas Curcio. Curcio said the house where the fire started was […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – OHIO

4 days 4 hours ago
A mayday call brought in crews from several departments Monday night after kitchen cabinetry fell on a Fairborn firefighter battling a house fire that claimed a family dog. Residents were in the garage of a Cleary Drive home when they noticed heavy smoke inside the house, said Adam Howard, battalion chief of the Fairborn Fire […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/21

4 days 23 hours ago
On 11/21/1980 the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire in Las Vegas, Nevada killed eighty-four and injured 650 people, most from smoke inhalation, of the approximately 5,000 people that were staying in the 26-story 2,000-room luxury resort hotel and casino. At about 7:00 a.m. a fire started in the “Deli” restaurant. Caused by an electrical […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/20

5 days 21 hours ago
On 11/20/1992 a fire broke out in Windsor Castle in the county of Berkshire, the second largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. The castle suffered extensive damage and was fully repaired within the next few years for £36.5 million. The fire began in the Queen’s […]
Karl Thompson

OHIO FIREFIGHTER STRUCK on I-90: CRITICAL

6 days 5 hours ago
Bad news out of Cleveland this evening. A Firefighter was struck by a vehicle and was very critically injured. It happened on I-90, apparently at an initial crash around 2030 hours. The area has been hit with major snow creating very tough conditions for those responding … and those who should stay off the roads. […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN MULTI-ALARM HOTEL FIRE – TEXAS

6 days 17 hours ago
GALVESTON, Texas – Multiple fire departments worked together to battle a hotel fire in Galveston. On Friday, Galveston firefighters along with four other fire departments worked together to put out a multi-alarm fire at the Inn at Waterpark Hotel at 2525 Jones Drive that reportedly started just before 7 p.m. The inn is located near Moody Gardens and […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK

6 days 17 hours ago
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Ten FDNY units responded Friday night to a fire at a private home in Great Kills. The incident was reported at around 8 p.m. inside a two-story residence at 4185 Hylan Blvd. The official cause of the all-hands, one-alarm fire is currently under investigation, but it is believed to have originated […]
Joe Knitter

FOUR FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN TWO-ALARM FIRE IN FURNITURE STORE – NEW YORK

6 days 17 hours ago
Two firefighters were seriously injured and two others hurt when a floor gave way while they battled an intense two-alarm fire in Elmhurst early Friday morning, according to the FDNY. The blaze broke out in a furniture store located at 82-13 Broadway just after 4 a.m. on Nov. 18 and multiple first-arriving units were met with heavy smoke in […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/19

6 days 21 hours ago
On 11/19/1901 a Trenton, New Jersey firefighter “was killed in a collapse while operating at a factory fire.” On 11/19/1943 a Richmond, Indiana firefighter died “while fighting a basement fire in a residence at 200 Northwest J. Street, he became overcome by smoke. He was transported to Reid Memorial Hospital where he later died.” On […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE – OKLAHOMA

1 week ago
TULSA, Okla. – A dozen people are without a home, and a firefighter is injured following a fire at the Melrose Apartment Complex near 11th and Sheridan. Peter Gregory, his wife, two kids and in-laws created happy memories in their home. “We’ve worked hard for everything we had in that apartment,” Gregory said. Now, little remains after a large […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER BURNED IN FLASHOVER AT HOUSE FIRE – MISSISSIPPI

1 week ago
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – A Meridian firefighter was sent to the hospital Thursday morning after being injured in a house fire. Meridian Fire Chief Jason Collier said firemen responded to a fire in the 300 block of 5th Ave. 5:00 a.m. He said firefighters were inside of the home when a flashover happened. A flashover […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/18

1 week ago
On 11/18/1963 an arson fire in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Surfside Hotel killed twenty-five in a frame hotel for elderly guests that spread to a row of closed hotels near the Atlantic City boardwalk. Five hotel buildings and one rooming house were destroyed, and four other buildings were damaged; five of the 30 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/17

1 week 1 day ago
On 11/17/1986 the Learn Not to Burn® Foundation was incorporated in Quincy, Massachusetts. A fire safety education program, available to elementary school children, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) curriculum, includes activities to teach fire safety behaviors for children to understand and remember. The program is credited with saving many lives. On 11/17/1885 three Baltimore […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/16

1 week 2 days ago
On 11/16/1957 in Niagara Falls, New York an early morning apartment fire killed seventeen, including thirteen children, in a three-story frame tenement structure, known as the Moonglow Hotel. The run-down and condemned served as a makeshift home for two large families and two single men who lived at the property. When the fire department arrived, […]
Karl Thompson
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