3/10/1941 the Strand Theater fire killed thirteen and injured twenty firefighters on School Street between Main Street and City Hall in the City of Brockton Massachusetts. The theater was considered a leader in modern fire safety with fireproof construction, 20% more exits than required by state law, and the stage included a dry pipe sprinkler system in the brick playhouse measured 139 feet deep and 60 feet tall with a seating capacity of 1,685. The roof was wood on unprotected steel trusses (joists) with a lath and plaster ceiling suspended from the trusses; interior walls were metal lath and plaster. A balcony covered a large area above the auditorium with two open stairwells from the lobby. A fire was discovered at 12:38 a.m. in the basement after the theater had closed. Box 1311 was dispatched and went to a 2nd alarm almost immediately and then to a general alarm bringing all of Brockton’s fire resources to the scene. The fire traveled through concealed spaces and ventilation ducts to the lobby and balcony and eventually auto-vented in the southwest corner of the building. Firefighters working in the lobby and on the balcony continued efforts to expose the fire. Suddenly, the west section of the roof collapsed, that killed the thirteen firefighters and injured twenty firefighters.
3/10/1899 a Marysville, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire at the Marysville Woolen Mills Company, at the corner of Second and B Streets. He followed the hose into the blazing lower story of the mill, he because blinded by the heavy smoke, and became confused when he sought an exit. He succumbed to the heat and suffocation. His remains were found three days later.”
3/10/1921 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died if the injuries he sustained while operating at a stable fire at East Illinois Street. He had become tangled in hose line while in the process of clean up after the fire. He had tripped and fallen, hitting his head. He was able to get up and walk a short distance before he had fallen to the ground. The fire was believed to be an arson.”
3/10/1938 a Staten Island, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of the severe smoke inhalation sustained the previous day while operating at a single-alarm fire.”
3/10/1960 two Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from injuries they sustained after a wall had collapsed at the Overbrook School for the Blind. “As firefighters began an interior attack on the third floor at a two-alarm fire in a three-story brick and stone Overbrook school, the roof of the structure suddenly collapsed into the third floor. It then continued down into the second floor and finally to the ground, burying the members of Engine 54 under tons of burning rubble. Over a five-minute period following the collapse, the third, fourth and fifth alarms to assist in the rescue and firefighting efforts. After hours of arduous digging, the crushed body of one firefighter was removed from the debris. A second firefighter, who was critically injured, was dug out and rushed to the hospital, where he clung to life until September 19th, when he died as a result of injuries sustained.”
3/10/1985 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died “while operating at a fire in a row house, He was killed when the first floor collapsed, pitching him into the burning cellar. His mask reportedly malfunctioned, and he died of smoke inhalation.”
3/10/2005 three USDA Forest Service, Sabine National Forest, Lufkin, Texas
“were assigned aerial operations at a prescribed burn in the Sabine National Forest in Texas. The crew staffed a helicopter that was assigned to drop plastic ignition spheres from a low altitude. During the first flight of the day, the sphere ejection machine jammed, and the helicopter returned to base. The machine was repaired, and the helicopter and crew left to resume their mission. Six minutes after their departure, a helicopter crew member reported that sphere firing was beginning. Two minutes later, a distress call was received from the helicopter. The aircraft crashed into a heavily wooded area and all 3 occupants were killed.”
3/10/2018 three children were found dead inside a home on Juliana Avenue in Eastpointe, MI near East 8 Mile Road and Gratiot, after a house fire began at approximately 5:00 a.m. A 4-year-old girl, 8-year-old boy and 9-year-old boy were home without any adults at the time of the fire. The children were all found in the same upstairs bedroom.
3/10/2012 Lima, Peru a fire has raged through two adjoining poor neighborhoods, destroying 555 wooden houses and leaving 1,634 people homeless.
3/10/2012 Scott City, KS a 28-year-old woman with disabilities, 8-year-old girl, 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy died in a house fire.
3/10/1909 Arlington, Texas three two-story brick structures were destroyed by fire that started from a defective flue, leading from the Home Café.
3/10/1908 Napoleon, OH the Union school house was destroyed by fire. “A repetition of the Collinwood horror was possibly averted by only a quarter of an hour in the time of the starting of the fire, as the children were on their way to school and some were playing in the yard when it was discovered. At 9 o’clock, when the school pupils should have been in their seats, the main part of the building was a mass of flames.” (See 3/4/1908 the Collinwood School fire)
3/10/1908 the largest business block in Wilkinsburg, PA was destroyed by fire that injured nine that started in the basement of a three-story structure.
3/10/1906 a mine explosion killed 1,060 in Courrieres, France; “An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines.”
3/10/1906 San Francisco, CA a gas explosion in a boarding house killed one.
3/10/1933 “an earthquake had struck the Long Beach, CA area. At the Fire Headquarters Station most of the men were upstairs and at the time of the first shock they scrambled to get out of the building as the second floor had been sagging for some time. A representative from the City Engineers Office had made an inspection of the floor joists a few days before the quake. In the scramble to get out, a firefighter stepped out of a front window onto a small balcony just as the face of the upper floor crashed, carrying him to his death. Other members slid down the brass poles in the station and most of them dived under the heavy apparatus for protection. A firefighter who upon reaching the main floor dashed outside in time to be buried by falling bricks and heavy cornice stones.”