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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/8

3 weeks ago
On 6/8/1998 in Haysville, Kansas (five miles south of Wichita) at approximately 9:20 a.m. a series of explosions occurred at the DeBruce Grain elevator facility (one of the largest in the world) that killed seven and injured ten employees. The facility had two-hundred-forty-six, 70,000 bushels, concrete silos, measuring 30’ in diameter and over 120’ in […]
Karl Thompson

TWO ERIE, PA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT GARAGE FIRE

3 weeks 1 day ago
An overnight firefight in Erie sent two firefighters to the hospital. The fire broke out a little before 3 a.m. Tuesday in a row of garages in an alley off East 8th, in between Wallace and Parade streets. Crews worked to keep the flames from spreading, but a number of the attached garages suffered some […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FLORIDA FIRE CHIEF CHARGED WITH PREMEDITATED MURDER

3 weeks 1 day ago
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida fire chief has been arrested in the shooting death of a Pensacola business owner. Baker Fire Chief Brian Keith Easterling was arrested at his home Sunday and has been charged with premeditated murder. He is currently awaiting extradition to Escambia County. The shooting, which took place on Thursday, was […]
Brian Kazmierzak

HOLLYWOOD, FL FIREFIGHTER ACTIVE DUTY DEATH

3 weeks 1 day ago
Chris Allen, Hollywood Firefighter, has passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 6, 2022. His death has been confirmed by City of Hollywood, Florida Government, through an online post. The circumstances surrounding his death has not been made public at the time of this publication. “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Hollywood […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/7

3 weeks 1 day ago
On 6/7/1932 the Ellington Apartments “fire killed thirteen and nearly two-score others were burned or injured in an explosion and fire which raged through the six-story building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The explosion of unknown origin occurred at 12:30 at East Ninth and Superior Avenue. A crowd of 10,000 watched in horror as screaming figures […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/6

3 weeks 2 days ago
On 6/6/1852 a New Haven, Connecticut firefighter died of the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire at a store on Dwight Street. On 6/6/1897 three San Francisco, California firefighters were “killed while engaged at a three-alarm fire at the Schroth & Westerfield Bakery, on Folsom Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. While the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/8

3 weeks 3 days ago
On 6/5/1946 sixty-one people died and over 200 were injured at the LaSalle Hotel, located at the intersection of LaSalle and Madison Streets in downtown Chicago, Illinois 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 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED, 33 DISPLACED IN FOUR-ALARM FIRE – MASSACHUSETTS

3 weeks 4 days ago
LOWELL, Mass. — One firefighter was injured and 33 people were displaced after a four-alarm fire ripped through a building on Westford Street in Lowell Saturday afternoon. Crews responded to reports of heavy smoke coming from the first floor of a 12-unit building that houses six businesses around 10:45 a.m., according to Lowell Fire Chief […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/4

3 weeks 4 days ago
On 6/4/1904 fifteen people were killed and six injured in a fire after an explosion occurred in the eleven-story Corning Distillery (Mammoth Distillery) whiskey warehouse in Peoria, Illinois. “The fire spread quickly to nearby cattle pens in the stockyards. Fifteen lives were lost and three thousand heads of cattle were burned to death. The distillery […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/3

3 weeks 5 days ago
On 6/3/1999 at 6:55 p.m. FDNY Ladder 173 and Engine 331 received a phone alarm for a fire at 150-28 127th Street in Howard Beach, Queens, New York. “Upon entering the block, Engine 331 transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in a 20- x 40-foot, one-story private dwelling with a heavy smoke condition coming from […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/2

3 weeks 6 days ago
On 6/2/1992 at approximately 2:15 a.m. fire in an adult foster care facility in Detroit, Michigan killed ten occupants of the sixteen predominantly elderly individuals that lived in the facility with one night supervisor. The renovated three-story two-family dwelling had been converted into an adult foster care facility. The fire started from smoking materials discarded […]
Karl Thompson

N.C. FIREFIGHTER, 32, LODD-In Quarters, 3 FDNY LODD

4 weeks ago
We regret to pass on that Bethany (Rockingham County) Firefighter Brandon Yaeger, 32, died in the Line of Duty, at the fire station within 24 hours of a call. He was a firefighter for 12 plus years. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace. 3 FDNY MEMBERS DIE FROM WTC 9/11 DISEASE 3 FDNY […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 6/1

4 weeks ago
On 6/1/1873 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter died while operating at a fire in the W. J. Ross and Sons building. On 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. On 6/1/1900 two […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/31

4 weeks 1 day ago
On 5/31/1890 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter died “while fighting a fire at the DuPont Paper Company. He was overcome by heat and smoke. He was carried out of the building by other members of Engine Company 9 but died about 15 minutes later.” On 5/31/1908 a London, Ontario, Canada firefighter was “overcome by smoke during […]
Karl Thompson

THREE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN FATAL APARTMENT FIRE – UTAH

4 weeks 2 days ago
SALT LAKE CITY — One person is dead and several other people, including three firefighters, were injured in a fire at a downtown Salt Lake City apartment building early Monday. Firefighters were sent to an apartment fire at 245 S. 300 East just after 2 a.m. Upon arrival, Salt Lake City Fire Battalion Chief Dan […]
Joe Knitter

FIRE CHIEF, FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT HOUSE FIRE – NEW HAMPSHIRE

4 weeks 2 days ago
NEW BOSTON, New Hampshire — The New Boston, New Hampshire fire chief and another firefighter were injured while fighting a blaze in town on Saturday afternoon. They both got first and second-degree burns. It appeared no one was in the River Road home when it went up in flames, firefighters said. Powerlines went down in […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED BY FALLING SHEETROCK AT HOUSE FIRE – WASHINGTON

4 weeks 2 days ago
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick Fire Department (KFD) says a firefighter was injured while reporting to a fire on Sunday morning. According to officials, the call came in around 1:58 a.m. on Sunday, May 29th. KFD reported to the 800-block of West 41st Place in Kennewick. When crews arrived on scene 7 minutes later, they found a small […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/30

4 weeks 2 days ago
Honor Memorial Day, a day in the United States to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Originally known as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. Union Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN ROWHOME FIRE – PENNSYLVANIA

1 month ago
NICETOWN – A firefighter was injured battling a fire in Philadelphia’s Nicetown section. Officials say crews responded to a fire in a row home on the 4200 block of North 15th Street Saturday, just before 1:30 in the afternoon. Firefighters arrived to see flames and smoke billowing from the second story of the residence. In the process of […]
Joe Knitter
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