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BUILDING OWNER CHARGED IN BLAZE THAT KILLED PHILADELPHIA FIRE LIEUTENANT SEAN WILLIAMSON

16 hours 12 minutes ago
PHILADELPHIA — The owner of a Philadelphia building that caught fire and collapsed this month, killing a city firefighter and injuring five other people, has been charged with setting the blaze, authorities announced Tuesday. Al-Ashraf Khalil, 28, also lied to authorities probing the June 18 fire and later flew from the United States to Jordan […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/29

21 hours 43 minutes ago
On 6/29/1995 in the Seocho-gu District of Seoul, South Korea, a department store collapsed killing 501 and injuring 937 people. “The Sampoong Group began construction of the Sampoong Department Store in 1987 over a tract of land previously used as a landfill. Originally designed as an office building with four floors, it was changed to […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/28

1 day 22 hours ago
On 6/28/1980 a fire that was discovered at 2:43 a.m. in Underground Atlanta burned for more than six hours damaging several businesses and an abandoned hotel. The fire was brought under control by more than 100 firefighters around 9:00 a.m.  One firefighter was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. “The buildings […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT MISS. HOUSE FIRE

2 days 8 hours ago
By WDAM: Two volunteer firefighters suffered moderate injuries while responding to a Sunday afternoon fire. The M & M Volunteer Fire Department received a call for a fire at 12 Blackledge Circle at 2:31 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters found the two-story brick home fully-engaged. with flames visible through the roof. Glade, Powers, Rustin and […]
Rick Markley

INDIA: 4 FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT CAFATERIA MALL FIRE

2 days 9 hours ago
By PTI: Four firefighters were hospitalised after most of them complained of breathing trouble during an operation to douse a fire that broke out at a cafeteria of a multiplex inside a mall in Maharashtra’s Thane city, civic officials said on Sunday. The incident occurred during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, they said. […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/27

2 days 23 hours ago
On 6/27/1895 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the McDonald Brothers Crockery Company fire killed six firefighters and injured nine when a wall collapsed without warning. The fire started around 11:00 p.m. and destroyed the crockery and glassware establishment on First Avenue South. “At 10:40 p.m., crewmen at Chemical 1 station on 3rd Street between Nicollet and 1st […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/26

3 days 20 hours ago
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

4 days 15 hours ago
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

4 days 23 hours ago
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

5 days 21 hours ago
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

6 days 15 hours ago
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

6 days 22 hours ago
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

1 week 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

1 week ago
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

1 week 1 day ago
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

1 week 2 days ago
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

1 week 2 days 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

1 week 2 days 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

1 week 2 days ago
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
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