11/20/1870 a Baltimore City (MD) firefighter died “while operating at a fire in a tobacco warehouse, when the walls of the building collapsed, trapping him and two other firefighters under tons of rubble. The other two firefighters were dug out alive and recovered.”
11/20/1870 a Lancaster, PA firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained the previous day, when he and several other firefighters were caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a major fire that destroyed a cork factory. The firefighter sustained a fractured skull, fractured leg, and severe burns and scalding to his back.”
11/20/1907 an Oakland (CA) firefighter died after being suffocated by ammonia fumes while operating in a cellar fire at the Collins Brothers’ Drug Store.
11/20/1920 a Chicago, IL firefighter was injured and died at a fire at 3452 S. Wood.
11/20/1953 two Lafayette, IN firefighters died from injuries they received “while washing down spilled gasoline at the Wonder Bread Bakery, the vapors exploded burning several firefighters. The two firefighters died several hours after the incident. The incident also took the life of a third firefighter, two days later on November 22, 1953.”
11/20/1976 an Evansville, IN firefighter “collapsed from smoke inhalation while fighting a fire on October 8, 1976. He died on November 20, 1976 from a heart attack caused by the smoke inhalation.”
11/20/2017 an explosion and fire that killed man and injured more than thirty people, including firefighters, at a manufacturing plant in New York’s Hudson Valley. The explosion happened at around 10:15 a.m. in the north section of Verla International, a business that makes cosmetics, primarily nail polish located at 463 Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, Orange County, New York.
11/20/2013 Bronx, NY, Hunts Point Terminal Market fire killed three after an unattended candle in the basement started the fire. The Hunts Point Terminal Market that has revenues exceeding $2 billion a year — more than any other produce terminal market in the world, according to its website.
11/20/1994 around 3:41 p.m. a series of accidental explosions in a 139,000-square foot Lenoir, North Carolina furniture manufacturing facility occurred in the particle board manufacturing portion of the plant that took “raw dust” and refined it into finished sheets of particle board used in the construction of furniture. After the initiating event, four subsequent explosions occurred throughout the facility, caused by dust placed in suspension by the prior explosion. Observations suggested that there were large amounts of dust throughout the facility with minimal efforts to control ignition sources. Two employees died and four were injured. Production was interrupted for over nine months.
11/20/1968 a methane explosion ripped through the Consolidation Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia that killed seventy-eight miners; damage was so sever the mine was sealed. “Seventy-eight miners died—some in the explosion and fire, some days after the incident occurred, entombed in the earth after rescue efforts failed and the mine was closed off. Nine days after the fire had started it was still burning out of control. The cause of the explosion remains unknown. Miners had long complained about ventilation issues inside the No. 9 mine, leading to theories that the blast resulted from excess coal dust along with high concentrations of gas in the air. Two weeks before the explosion, a large fire occurred in the mine but was never reported to authorities. The disaster prompted laws designed to improve safety for miners throughout the United States.”
11/20/1959 Wichita Falls, TX an apartment fire killed two including a former University of Texas football star.
11/20/1936 Atlanta, GA the five story Cable Piano Company fire killed three and injured dozens when fire rapidly extended up the elevator shaft after an explosion in the basement.
11/20/1850 Detroit, MI the Michigan Central Freight Building and contents were destroyed by an incendiary fire.