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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/29

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On 5/29/1911 a Saint Paul, Minnesota firefighter died while operating at a fire involving a feed store, he was crushed to death when several large bales of hay fell on top of him. On 5/29/1925 two Gary, Indiana firefighters died “while fighting a fire in the Boston Store, a wall collapsed killing both firefighters. The […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/28

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On  5/28/1977 the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire killed 165 and over 200 were injured in Southgate, Kentucky six miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Constructed in 1937 and modified several times by 1976, the building created a sprawling complex. Around 3,000 patrons and 182 employees were inside the club when the fire erupted in the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN THREE-ALARM APARTMENT FIRE – MARYLAND

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – Two residents and one firefighter were injured after an early morning fire in Prince George’s County on Friday. The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to a multifamily structure in the 6800 block of Riverdale Rd in Lanham around 1:55 a.m. Crews found fire showing on the second floor. […]
Joe Knitter

SUPERIOR, COLORADO DROPS SPRINKLER ORDINANCE AFTER MARSHALL FIRE

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SUPERIOR, Colorado — Superior’s Board of Trustees on Monday voted to allow people who are rebuilding due to the Marshall Fire to opt out of a 2014 code requiring sprinkler systems inside homes. In many cases, the cost to meet the requirement would have added $20,000 to $30,000 for families. “That was great news because that was […]
Brian Kazmierzak

TWO DRIVERS CHARGED WITH RUNNING OVER FIRE HOSE AT SCENE IN PENNSLYVANIA

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Two Northumberland County men allegedly ran over fire hoses in Kulpmont on May 6, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and preventing the equipment from working during an active structure fire, according to state police in Stonington. Norwood Thomas III, 81, of Lower Patch Road, Coal Township, and Matthew John Murray, 60, of Spruce […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/27

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On 5/27/1962 in Centralia, Pennsylvania a town dump fire ignited an exposed coal seam that is still burning after 60 years. The fire ignited a coal outcropping that spread to a network of mines beneath homes and businesses emitting poisonous gases and causing dangerous sinkholes eventually leading to the demolition of the community of 1,400. […]
Karl Thompson

W.VA. FIREFIGHTER SENT TO HOSPITAL DURING GARAGE FIRE

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By WDTV: One firefighter was transported to the hospital early Thursday while battling a structure fire in Meadowbrook. Fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire on High Road in Meadowbrook early Thursday morning at approximately 1:41 a.m., according to a Facebook post by the Spelter Volunteer Fire Department. Crews arrived on the scene to find a […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/56

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On 5/26/1828 a Manhattan, New York firefighter died in a building collapse during a fire. “In just a few minutes, an arson fire, which had been set in a livery stable, had spread to six or seven frame dwellings. Despite the valiant efforts of firefighters to stop the further spread of the flames, the fire […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/25

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On 5/25/1843 the three-story brick Hotel Dixie on the corner of Monroe Street and Saint Augustine Street in Tallahassee, Florida was built in 1825 originally called the Washington Hall Hotel was the start of a fire that spread north consuming several wood-frame houses, stores, and a warehouse. The fire was stopped by a 200-foot-wide buffer […]
Karl Thompson

ARK. FIREFIGHTERS NAB MAN TRYING TO STEAL RIG FROM SCENE

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By Chris Carter, KAIT: A Trumann man is behind bars after trying to get behind the wheel of a Trumann fire truck. According to Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder, Freddie William English, 34, tried to jump into a city fire truck while fire fighters were working to put out afire at a debris pile left […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/24

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On 5/24/1944 the Moose Hall fire killed ten people in Hamilton,  Ontario after a flash fire swept through the crowded brick and wood dance hall structure at the corner of Wilson and Cathcart Streets. “Scores of persons jumped from second and third-story windows.” “Just after midnight fire was reported coming up the stairwell at the […]
Karl Thompson

KY FIREFIGHTER, STRICKEN AT H.S. GRAD. PARADE, DIES AT HOSPITAL

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By Christopher Leach, Lexington Herald Leader: A volunteer firefighter in Eastern Kentucky died Sunday evening after he suffered a heart attack while assisting with a high school graduation parade, according to the Garrett Area Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department said Phillip Caudill was assisting with traffic control for the Floyd Central High School Senior […]
Rick Markley

MAN FACING 2 NY ARSON PROSECUTIONS ARRESTED FOR ARSON, AGAIN

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By Olean Times Herald: An Olean man suspected in several arson cases is being held without bail following a Saturday fire. Responders from the city police and fire departments responded to a fire at approximately 1:44 a.m., which was immediately deemed suspicious and led to an arrest within the hour. “(We) were alerted to a […]
Rick Markley

LAKELAND FLORDIA CITED FOR UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES IN RETALIATION AGAINST FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES INVOLVING HEALTH & SAFETY!

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LAKELAND —  The city has been cited for unfair labor practices for retaliating against three Lakeland Fire Department employees. The state’s Public Employees Relations Commission found the fire department’s leadership, including Fire Chef Doug Riley, unfairly retaliated against Shannon Turbeville, president of Lakeland Professional Firefighters Local 4173, for asking questions about firefighters’ rights to nationally mandated health care benefits in January 2021. […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/23

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On 5/23/1964 the All Hallows Church Parish Hall fire killed seventeen and injured seventy-five in San Francisco, California. “The fire started accidentally during the lighting of a fiery ceremonial sword during a Polynesian festival and quickly spread through the hall. A pan of gasoline ignited while the Samoan torch dancer was attempting to light the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/22

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On 5/22/1892 a Saint Paul, Minnesota firefighter “was killed when he fell into the flywheel of the Stock Yard’s feed elevator.” On 5/22/1898 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter was “killed by falling walls at Dow & Snell Wholesale Grocery, at Superior & Jefferson.” On 5/22/1903 a Portland, Maine firefighter “died as a result of being badly […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, ELEVEN OCCUPANTS DISPLACED IN FIRE INVOLVING MULTI-FAMILY HOME – MASSACHUSETTSI

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BROCKTON, Mass. — Nearly a dozen people are displaced by a three-alarm house fire in Brockton that left two firefighters injured, according to officials in the Massachusetts city. Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Marchetti said the Brockton Fire Department received calls about the fire at 148 Florence St., a multi-family home, shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday. […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/21

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On 5/21/1881 the American Red Cross was founded in Washington, D.C. by humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons. On 5/21/1866 two Gramercy/Flatiron area, Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighters died just before midnight after a fire had broken out at the Academy of Music Theater. “When firefighters first arrived on the scene, the fire appeared to […]
Karl Thompson
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