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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/19

1 week 3 days ago
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 4 days 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

1 week 4 days ago
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

1 week 5 days ago
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

NORTH CAROLINA FIRE RECRUIT DIES AFTER SUFFERING MEDICAL EMERGENCY DURING PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT

1 week 6 days ago
We regret to pass on that Fire Recruit Andrew Vaughn, 36, passed away after suffering a medical emergency during Greensboro (NC) FD’s pre-employment physical assessment. The physical assessment included a mile and a half run, sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups. The first assessment was the mile and half run to see what the candidates needed to […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/16

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On 6/16/1875 a Boston, Massachusetts 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 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/15

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On 6/15/1904 the General Slocum steamship fire killed 1,030 in New York, New York after the boat left the dock in Manhattan with a group from Saint Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. A fire was discovered by a boy who was told to “shut up and mind your own business” in a storeroom, filled with a […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED WHEN ELECTRICAL WIRES DROP AT FIRE – CALIFORNIA

2 weeks 1 day ago
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A fire broke out Monday evening between two homes, blamed for hurting at least one firefighter in Central Fresno. Fresno Fire says calls poured in regarding four homes that were potentially burning around 6 p.m. That fire ended up being between yards of homes on two parallel streets near Kenmore and McKinley. […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/14

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On 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 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/13

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On 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 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/12

2 weeks 4 days ago
On 6/12/1928 a Chicago, Illinois 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 […]
Karl Thompson

TWO MAINE FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT SUSPICIOUS SCHOOL FIRE

2 weeks 4 days ago
By The Associated Press: Two firefighters were hurt while battling a fire at an elementary school that was deemed to be suspicious. The fire at Dike Newell School, which serves pre-kindergarten through second grade, started Friday evening and the school’s principal said in an email that there was “extensive damage,” the Times Record reported. Two […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/11

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On 6/11/1965 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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. On 6/11/1977 […]
Karl Thompson

3 PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT TOWNHOUSE FIRE

2 weeks 5 days ago
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Three firefighters were injured battling a fire at a two-story townhouse in Prince George’s County this week. They sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries. The fire was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. in the 3800 block of 28th Avenue in Temple Hills. Officials say four adults and two children were displaced. […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/10

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On 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 […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – FLORIDA

2 weeks 6 days ago
HOLLEY, Fla. (WKRG) — Several fire districts responded to a house fire on Vonnie Tolbert Road in Holley Thursday morning. Residents and their pet escaped without injuries. Firefighters from Midway, Navarre Beach, Florosa and Holley-Navarre fire districts were dispatched at 7:50 a.m. Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke conditions throughout most of the home. According […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/9

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On 6/9/1975 a fire in a detention facility 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. “At least 39 persons had been admitted to three of the area’s hospitals. All of the victims died […]
Karl Thompson
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