12/14/1865 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “died as a result of injuries he sustained on November 9th, when he fell from the roof while operating at a fire.”
12/14/1908 a Brooklyn, NY (FDNY) firefighter was killed when he fell from a second-floor fire escape and suffered a crushed skull while operating at an alarm on 719 Hancock near Patchen Ave.
12/14/1924 a Baltimore, MD firefighter “died while operating at a two-alarm fire in two three-story frame dwellings when a high brick chimney collapsed, burying him. Other firefighters who ran for their live, immediately turned back and started to uncover the firefighter as the fire raged on. When finally uncovered, he was found to be dead.”
121471976 a St. Paul firefighter “collapsed and died fighting a duplex fire at 830 Van Buren.”
12/14/1977 a Seekonk, MA firefighter “died as a result of massive injuries he sustained December 11th, when he and another firefighter were caught in a basement when an explosion of pent-up natural gas occurred.”
12/14/1986 a Lynn, MA firefighter of “Engine Company 8 died while battling a house fire in Swampscott on Porter Place on the night of December 14, 1986.”
12/14/2015 a Chicago, IL firefighter was injured and would later die from injuries he received about 20 minutes after crews arrived at a vacant warehouse on 92nd and Baltimore around 2:40 a.m. when he fell through the second floor, elevator shaft, while battling a fire in South Chicago.
12/14/2010 Baltimore, MD a two-story brick row-house fire killed three children and three adults around 4:45 a.m. Wind gusts, between 30-40 mph, intensified the fire forcing firefighters to retreat.
12/14/1958 a series of gas explosions killed six and injured twenty-four, included some of the crowd attracted to the scene by the first blasts, at the Mountainville Inn in Allentown, PA. The building was originally built as a hotel had been renovated into a first-floor tavern and the upper floors into an apartment for the owners. The first explosion occurred shortly before midnight in a gas main running beneath the street in front of the Inn, bring spectators to the scene; the second explosion, which followed the initial blast by about 10 minutes, shattered the building, killing the six victims and injuring the others.
12/14/1927 St. Charles Hospice orphan asylum fire killed thirty-six, all girls, in Quebec City, PQ, 371 children were sleeping when the fire started. Believed to have started in the basement the fire broke out in a dormitory on the second floor, a wall collapsed stopped rescue operations.
12/14/1901 seventy-nine buildings were destroyed by fire that started in the in the Express office in Salem, WV, an oil town. “At daylight a “speak-easy” was erected in the burned district and by noon many drunks and fights resulted. The authorities were unable to keep order until late in the evening.”
12/14/1900 Fredonia, NY the Normal School fire killed six in a “fire that started shortly after 6 o’clock when the fire was first discovered, and the inmates of the building were alarmed; originally built in 1867 and expanded 1890.”
12/14/1899 The Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, situated at Edgewood, was destroyed by fire. “The 500 pupils in the building were panic-stricken, but the teachers quickly secured control of them and it is believed all were saved. The institute was a large five-story brick building which covered an acre of ground.”
12/14/1933 Crescent City, FL a school bus wreck killed nine and injurie thirty-one, when a freight train struck the school bus in a heavy fog.