Firefighter Close Calls
Wed, 18 May 2022 08:17:56 +0000
On 5/18/1927 the Bath School disaster killed forty-five and injured fifty-eight people, 38 elementary school children, most children in the second to sixth grades, and 6 adults attending Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. Bath was a rural village about ten miles from Lansing, the state capital. About 314 students from around the region […]
Rochester, N.Y. — A house fire that injured a firefighter on the city's northeast side is under investigation. Crews responded around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to a home on Fifth Street and reported flames from the second story of a wood-frame home. Crews had to back off from their initial interior attack when several firefighters received electrical […]
A fire broke out at a housing complex in San Jose Tuesday morning, leaving three people, including a firefighter, injured and three units with significant damage, according to the fire department. The fire along the 1500 block of Fitchville Avenue was reported just before 10 a.m., San Jose Fire Department Capt. Sean Lovens said. Arriving […]
Wed, 18 May 2022 03:07:18 +0000
A firefighter is expected to make a full recovery after being injured Monday while battling a blaze at a home in East Long Beach, authorities said. The fire broke out sometime around 5:45 p.m. in the 5600 block of Deborah Avenue, just north of the 405 Freeway near Bellflower Boulevard. When Long Beach fire personnel […]
Tue, 17 May 2022 08:17:23 +0000
On 5/17/1923 a fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School in Sandy Mill, Kershaw County (Beulah) South Carolina left seventy-seven dead when “a lamp fell from the ceiling onto the stage of the second-floor hall where the play was being held causing the burning oil to ignite the straw and oilcloth used as […]
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Two firefighters were hospitalized Friday while battling a fire in Pittsylvania County after oxygen tanks exploded in the flames. On Friday, crews were working to extinguish a fire coming from the basement of a single-story home. Officials later discovered the fire was coming from an explosion from multiple oxygen tanks that were […]
Mon, 16 May 2022 07:59:21 +0000
On 5/16/1896 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter was electrocuted at a fire. On 5/16/1909 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a fire escape at 831 Arch Street. On 5/16/1917 a Kansas City, Kansas firefighter “was killed when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire […]
The mother of Former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield was one of the 10 murder victim’s in Saturday’s mass shooting. The gunman opened fire at the Tops Friendly Markets store, killing 10 people and wounding 3. The commissioners mother, Ruth Whitfield, 86, was on her way home from visiting her husband in a nursing home […]
Sun, 15 May 2022 08:10:54 +0000
May 15 of each year is “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls is “Police Week.” President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became […]
SHEEPSHEAD BAY, Brooklyn (WABC) — Three firefighters were among 15 people who were injured in a fire in Brooklyn early Saturday. Citizen app video shows where the smoke and flames broke out just before 4 a.m. on the first floor of a 7-story building on Homecrest Avenue in the Sheepshead Bay section. More than 100 […]
Sat, 14 May 2022 09:01:38 +0000
On 5/14/1878 a New Haven, Connecticut firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after he had fallen from a roof. On 5/14/1911 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter died “while fighting an industrial fire at 2121 W. Rice Street. The fire originated at the rear of the Swanson Theater and was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived […]
Two firefighters were injured while responding to a residential fire that engulfed a North Whidbey home early Thursday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a house fire on Sunset Drive at 12:20 a.m. The agency was joined by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, the Oak Harbor Fire Department, the […]
After research from facilities management provider Samsic revealed that poorly maintained alarm systems are responsible for over 30% of call-outs in the UK, business owners are being urged to check and maintain their fire and security alarms.   The research, based on 968 call outs in 2021 where the trigger of the alarm could be […]
Fri, 13 May 2022 13:11:32 +0000
MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – A massive house fire left a firefighter injured and a home destroyed in Miamisburg Thursday night. Around 10:45 pm, a passerby saw the S. Riverview Avenue home burning and called 911, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch said. Battalion Chief Mike Renk with the Miami Valley Fire District said that, when crews arrived, […]
Fri, 13 May 2022 08:00:06 +0000
On 5/13/1985 the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police aerial bombed Osage Avenue and MOVE, a radical cult group, that had assembled a large arsenal, left eleven people dead and 61 homes burned down. “At the MOVE headquarters, 6221 Osage Avenue, MOVE began assembling a cache of weapons and building bunkers in their row house; members set up […]

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