11/14/1877 three Chicago (IL) firefighters were fatally injured while fighting a commercial fire at the Field, Leiter & Company department store (the predecessor to Marshal Field & Co.) located at State and Washington Streets. The fire started in a partial attic space between the building’s fifth floor and the roof around 8:00 p.m. The fire difficult to access in the attic space, the roof and upper two floors of the buildings were filled with flames by 9:00 p.m. Firefighters positioned hoselines on the second and third floors of the building, with fire streams aimed up the elevator shafts towards the flames on the upper stories. A portion of the upper floors gave way, a number of these firefighters were caught in a structural collapse.
11/14/1884 a Memphis, TN firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained April 22, 1883, when he and a second firefighter were caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a saloon fire. His injuries were not thought to be serious at first, but he never fully recovered and his health slowly deteriorated, resulting in his death. The second firefighter was killed instantly in the collapse.”
11/14/1924 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained when he was struck by a hoseline that had burst on October 30, 1924.”
11/14/1954 a Synder, NE firefighter “died of a head injury when a pile of tires, lumber and other items, which had been soaked with gasoline, exploded and flying debris hit him in the head during a training exercise.”
11/14/1990 an Arlington, Texas firefighter died while “involved in heavy firefighting activity; when he collapsed in the garage area of a residential fire. Firefighters immediately began CPR and radioed for an ambulance. He was pronounced dead after all resuscitation efforts failed.”
11/14/2005 a Union City, PA firefighter “collapsed at a residential structure fire late on this evening. He was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital where he passed away.”
11/14/1987 Pampa, TX the Hoechst Celanese Chemical Company was destroyed by fire, loss exceed $348 million.
11/14/1977 a high rise hotel building fire in downtown Manila, Philippines killed forty-seven and injured a number of people during a Typhoon with heavy rain and gusty winds. The fire is believed to have originated near a guest room in the complex that was composed of four buildings. The main hotel, equipped with a fire manual alarm system, and no standpipe, was actually two buildings joined by a common corridor on all floors with a combustible interior finish.
11/14/1946 Baroda, MI an occupied school boiler exploded that killed a student and critically injured another.
11/14/1927 a disastrous gas explosion killed twenty-eight and injured over 100 in the Old Manchester District of Pittsburgh, PA. “The cause of the disaster was soon apparent, for, in the midst of the ruins lay a twisted mass of steel, some of the supports of the giant gas tank, said to be the largest natural gas reservoir in the world. Thirteen men went to work repairing the tank at 8:00 a.m. Forty-three minutes later, as the workers handled their blow torches on the steel framework, the shock came. Eye-witnesses said that the tank with a capacity of some five million cubic feet, shot into the air like a balloon.”
11/14/1904 the three-story brick Lawson McGhee Library in Knoxville, TN was destroyed by fire on Gay Street and Vine Avenue that originated in the basement from the furnace and spread rapidly throughout the structure. “On the ground floor of the building was a double store occupied by the Vance Furniture Company. The second floor was devoted to the public library, containing about 15,000 volumes, and the offices of the Commercial Club. On the third floor was the Knoxville Business College.”
11/14/1880 St. Peter, MN the State Insane Asylum fire left twenty of the 600 inmates confirmed dead. “The origin of the fire is unknown, though it is located in the basement of the north wing, which was destroyed.”