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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/4

1 month 2 weeks ago
12/4/1980 Stouffer’s Inn of Westchester (Harrison, NY) conference center fire killed twenty-six and injured at least forty of the approximately ninety-five occupants who were attending meetings in several conference rooms, when an electrical fire that originated in an exit access corridor outside the meeting rooms classified as assembly, rapidly spread through the hotel. Local investigators […]
Karl Thompson

KANSAS CITY (MO) FIREFIGHTER MAYDAY

1 month 2 weeks ago
Two people died and a firefighter was injured when a fire swept through a home in Kansas City’s Northland early this morning. A neighbor called 911 shortly after 5:30 a.m. saying smoke was coming from a house. Arriving firefighters reported that the home was engulfed in heavy smoke and that fire was coming from the […]
Billy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/3

1 month 2 weeks ago
12/3/1999 the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire claimed the lives of six firefighters in Worcester, MA. A fire started when a homeless and mentally disabled couple knocked over a candle and fled without reporting it. The structure was located five blocks east of the central business district, near the train station, and adjacent to Interstate […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/2

1 month 3 weeks ago
12/2/2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m. a fire broke out in a “former warehouse” converted into an artist collective with living spaces known as Ghost Ship. The warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California, was hosting a concert in a building permitted only for industrial purposes. Residential and entertainment uses were illegal. Thirty-six of eighty […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/1

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12/1/1958 the Our Lady of the Angels elementary school fire killed ninety-five (92 students and 3 nuns) and another one-hundred were seriously injured in Chicago, IL at the intersection of West Iowa Street in the mostly Italian-American middle-class community; after smoke, heat, and fire cut off their escape. The two-story structure built in 1910 held […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/30

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11/30/1872 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter, an original member of the paid Philadelphia Fire Department formed on March 15, 1871, died while fighting a fire at Box 3, 2nd, and Dock Streets. “Upon arrival members found smoke showing from the second floor of a four-story tall building. While investigating the extent of the fire, the firefighter […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/29

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11/29/1988 six firefighters, two entire pumper companies, lost their lives in a construction site explosion while they were extinguishing a fire in Kansas City, MO. The fire involved a trailer/magazine containing a blasting mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and probably had no markings or placards indicating the contents. At 3:40 a.m. the fire […]
Karl Thompson

FIRE STATION HEAVILY DAMAGED IN OVERNIGHT BLAZE – GEORGIA

1 month 3 weeks ago
MONROE COUNTY, Ga. – A middle Georgia fire station was heavily damaged in a late Saturday blaze. Monroe County Emergency Services said in a social media post that its station in Smarr caught fire and burned while no firefighters were present. A pumper truck that had been used to respond to an earlier call Saturday night was parked inside […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/28

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11/28/1942 the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire killed 492 occupants in Boston, MA, and 166 people were injured as fire swept through the nightclub, some patrons died at their tables as toxic smoke rapidly spread through the club. Panicked victims ran to the only exit they knew, a revolving door that jammed or doors that opened […]
Karl Thompson

INDIA – FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT TEXTILE FACTORY FIRE

1 month 3 weeks ago
Two including a fireman and a labourer were injured after fire broke out at a garment/textile unit in Focal point phase 7 on Friday. As per the information, the fire broke out at the boiler installed at one side of the unit and leakage in the fuel/oil supply lines of the boiler is said to […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/27

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11/27/2019 five people died and three were hospitalized when a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the Cedar High Apartments, a public housing high-rise, in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Minneapolis. “The fire began in the bedroom of Apartment 1407 around 4:00 a.m. One victim was the resident of the apartment of fire […]
Karl Thompson

INDIA: FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT INDUSTRIAL FIRE

1 month 3 weeks ago
By Hindustan Times Two including a fireman and a labourer were injured after fire broke out at a garment/textile unit in Focal point phase 7 on Friday. As per the information, the fire broke out at the boiler installed at one side of the unit and leakage in the fuel/oil supply lines of the boiler […]
Rick Markley

LODD: BANGLADESH FIREFIGHTER DIES AFTER CHEMICAL PLANT FIRE

1 month 3 weeks ago
By Daily Star A fire fighter of Agrabad Fire Service and Civil Defence died of cardiac arrest following completion of his duty in extinguishing a fire that broke out at a chemical industry at Sagarika Industrial Area of Chattogram this afternoon. The firefighter, Md Milan (38), hailing from Begumganj of Noakhali, felt some pain in […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/26

1 month 3 weeks ago
Today is “Black Friday,” 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 […]
Karl Thompson

TWO PA. FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT ROWHOUSE FIRE

1 month 4 weeks ago
By WFMZ Three people were hurt and more than a dozen people were displaced after a fire damaged a house in Bethlehem Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to the 1100 block of East Third Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Northampton County dispatchers. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the row home. Three […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/25

1 month 4 weeks 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 an average day. Cooking remains the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, according to the NFPA. Home […]
Karl Thompson

CHEMISTRY PHD STUDENT, FIREFIGHTER STUDIES CANCER CAUSES

1 month 4 weeks ago
By Stuart Wolpert, UCLA Derek Urwin, a longtime firefighter who expects to complete his Ph.D. in chemistry during the winter quarter, is out to change that, using his knowledge of chemistry to improve firefighter health and safety and, ultimately, bring these cancer rates down. It’s a mission that had a very personal origin. In 2014, […]
Rick Markley

ORE. REMEMBERS 3 THANKSGIVING DAY FIREFIGHTER LODDs

1 month 4 weeks ago
By David Rupkalvis, The World As most of the community celebrates Thanksgiving this week, three families and dozens of firefighters will have their minds somewhere else, on one of the most tragic days in Coos Bay history. November 25, Thanksgiving day, will mark 19 years since a fire at Far West Truck and Auto claimed […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/24

1 month 4 weeks ago
11/24/1848 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter “died from injuries he received while operating a fire in a block of stores on King Street just east of Church Street. The fire had started in Mr. Webb’s shoe store and spread. He was struck in the head and lost a lot of blood. After medical attention, he […]
Karl Thompson
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