2/10/1863 a patent was issued for first fire extinguisher for buildings to Alanson Crane Fortress of Monroe, Va. (No 37,160); a series of perforated pipes extending horizontally through the building fed from a vertical pipe that had a control valve located outside that could “flood” the floors and extinguish a fire.
2/10/1887 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after operating at a fire in a Chinese wash-house at the corner of Port and Williams Streets, when a wall had collapsed.”
2/10/1889 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “was killed when the floor he was on collapsed while trying to fight a fire that had broken out at the John Wyeth and Brother, Chemist Drug Store at 1410 Walnut Street.”
2/10/1933 a Saint Paul, MN firefighter “died from a fall from roof of a burning building at 1430 Sherburne.”
2/10/1938 a Boston, MA firefighter “died in the hospital from burns and the inhalation of smoke and gas, after working at a cellar fire in the J.J. Newbury’s Department Store at 180-194 Massachusetts Avenue, 3 alarms Box 1591 at 0622 hours, (Massachusetts Avenue & Norway Street) on January 30, 1938.”
2/10/1962 a Dallas, TX firefighter “collapsed and died as he fought a fire in an apartment house at 1313 Pennsylvania in South Dallas just before 11:00 p.m. He inside the 4-unit apartment building when the roof began to collapse, he rushed outside and told other firefighters that he couldn’t breathe, then collapsed. Efforts to revive him were futile.”
2/10/1999 a probable arson fire at the Samara Main Department of Internal Affairs in Central Russia the offices of the police units fighting economic and organized crime, the anti-drug unit, the correctional department, the crime lab packed with material evidence, and the region’s main police archive that included card catalogues, documentation and computer databases killed fifty-seven and injured sixty-two many of them law enforcement officers. The fire started about 5:20 p.m. and raged until 5:00 a.m. the next morning in the L-shaped 6-story building, completed in the 1934, with a large central staircase and many hollow void spaces between the wooden floors and walls. The building had gone through several cosmetic renovations and several walls were covered with highly flammable plastic paneling that emitted toxic smoke. Many occupants on the lower floors of the building were trapped because most of the windows were blocked with iron bars.
2/10/1981 the 30-story Las Vegas (NV) Hilton arson fire killed eight and more than 350 were injured, 90 days after the devastating MGM Grand Hotel fire, the fire started on the 8th floor and extended to the 22nd story. The incendiary fire quickly developed in an elevator lobby on the 8th floor that had carpeting on the walls and ceiling. A flame front developed on the exterior of the building exposing the elevator lobby on the floors above primarily from radiant heat transfer. The fire progressed, vertically via the building’s exterior, floor to floor, to the top of the building. The presence of highly combustible carpeting on the walls and ceilings of the elevator lobbies contributed to the exterior fire spread and subsequent fatalities.
2/10/1958 – Milwaukee, WI, the “worst winter fire in 10 years” wiped out Joe Goldmans’s Jewelry and several other buildings at 9th and Mitchell Street.
2/10/1922 Richmond, VA the Lexington Hotel was destroyed by fire left twelve dead.
2/10/1917 the ten-story Hotel Lenox at Exeter and Boyleston Streets, Back Bay District, in Boston, MA was heavily damaged by fire; all 250 guests and the employees were able to escape, most down the stairways. The elevator shaft quickly filled with smoke. The fire started on the second floor apparently from smoking material, the occupant tried to suppress the fire but was badly burned.
2/10/1946 Tallman, NY a “convalescent home” fire killed five elderly women and seriously injured two on the second-floor of the Pinehurst Convalescent Home as fire swept up the stairs to the third floor.
2/10/1904 Racine, WI a fire at the insane asylum forced the evacuation of 133 inmates that originated in the attic from a defective flue and rapidly spread throughout the main structure.
2/10/1893 Dover, NH the Stratford County Insane Asylum fire killed forty-three. The fire started in one of the cells and quickly extended into the 135-foot corridor of the wood 2-story wood structure, and despite the effort of the security guard the fire overwhelmed rescue efforts.
2/10/1928 Everett, MA Beacon Oil Co. explosion killed twelve, “the disaster would not have occurred had proper care been taken in handling the explosive materials used in the business.” “The preliminary investigation indicated that most of the dead and injured probably been at work in the boiler and machine shops adjacent to the first still that exploded. Both of these buildings were levelled by the blast and fire.”
2/10/1902 Springfield, OH Champion Chemical Plant fire started by the explosion of some chemicals around 9:00 a.m. and extended to twelve manufacturing plants in the 800’ X 1200’ building on East Street along the railroad tracks by driven by a strong westerly wind.
2/10/1902 Paterson, NJ a fire destroyed 25 blocks. “A number of persons were injured, hundreds are homeless, and thousands are left without employment.” The fire started at the powerhouse of the Jersey City, Hoboken and Paterson Traction Company, on Broadway and extended a block to the rear on Van Houten Street and quickly extended crossed Van Houten Street and Main Street.
2/10/1902 an incendiary fire destroyed the Orpheum Theatre on Washington Street, opposite the City Hall in Chicago, IL that killed one and injured five who were rescued by firefighters. This is the third time inside of six months that the theater has been on fire. Open gas jets were found in various parts of the building. “Fire-bugs have been trying to burn the building for years, no less than twenty attempts to destroy it having been made.” During overhaul the firefighters found the body “a street waif who had sought shelter in the vacant offices.”
2/10/1864 shortly before 8:30 p.m. the stable at the White House in Washington D.C. caught fire. President Lincoln could see the flames from a second-floor window. “There was a strong suspicion that Patterson McGee, a coachman who had been fired by Mary Lincoln on the day of the fire, was responsible for the blaze.”