3/11/1873 an Indianapolis, Indiana firefighter “was killed during a major fire at the Woodburn Sarven Wheel Works on Illinois. He was inside the building directing his men when a wall collapsed on him and several other firefighters. The other men all survived.”
3/11/1900 a Boston, MA firefighter died after a brick wall at a 3-alarm structure fire fell on him.
3/11/1918 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after a building had collapsed at 31st and Market Streets.”
3/11/1927 two Chicago, IL “firefighters were fatally injured while fighting a basement fire at the Daigger Company chemical plant 159 West Kinzie Street. The initial alarm that brought firefighters to the chemical plant was for a relatively small basement fire. The fire was quickly extinguished, and fire companies were preparing to leave, when a large explosion occurred in the basement. More than thirty cans of ether had ignited and exploded, creating a wall of flames that trapped some firefighters in the basement. Fire companies on scene were able to quickly rescue their injured colleagues, but two firefighters were too badly hurt to recover. Ten other firefighters suffered from burn and smoke inhalation injuries.”
3/11/1935 a Harrisburg, PA firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a roof while operating at a two-alarm row house fire on March 8th.”
3/11/1944 two Cleveland, Ohio firefighters died while “Engine Company 20 was working a box assignment at the Cleveland Union Stockyards at 3200 West 65th Street. During the fire, a wall collapsed pinning the crew of Engine 20. Two firefighters were trapped and killed by the falling debris.”
3/11/1961 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter “died of burns from fall through roof at two-story commercial fire at 1101 South Crenshaw Boulevard.”
3/11/1972 a Syracuse, New York firefighter was killed in a roof collapse while operating at a fire at 1074 Elk Street.
3/11/1972 a Manlius, New York firefighter “was killed in a roof collapse while operating at a fire at 1074 Elk Street.”
3/11/1974 a Wakefield, MA firefighter “died of asphyxiation when he became separated from his company and ran out of air while working in the basement during a general-alarm fire in a large one-story brick taxpayer occupied by a row of stores.”
3/11/1979 a Bethel Acres, OK firefighter died “while operating at a brush fire with two brush trucks in a farmer’s field, five firefighters were caught between two lines of fire due to a sudden wind shift. The men attempted to outrun the fire with little success. The fire quickly overtook them in the foot-high grass, killing a firefighter and seriously burning two others. The other two firefighters received minor burns. Both rigs were heavily damaged.”
3/11/1981 an Argyle, WI firefighter “was injured and died after a chimney collapsed on him. The fire had already been knocked down when the collapse occurred.”
3/11/2015 a shopping mall fire and collapse in Kazan, Russia killed seventeen, injured seventy, including three firefighters, and required over 650 people to be evacuated.
3/10/2017 “an Arcadia, Florida woman faced murder charges in connection to a house fire where three children were found dead and a grandfather was seriously injured. Authorities responded to 229 South Lee Avenue at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a home that was fully engulfed in flames. Marian Williams, 49, was arrested in connection to the fire. Officers arrested Williams on arson, attempted murder and three counts of murder charges. Police say two adults and three children were inside the house at the time of the fire. The three children, ages 4, 8 and 10, were found dead in the home.”
3/11/2014 fire caused a quarter-billion-dollar damage to an apartment complex under construction near China Basin in San Francisco, CA. The five-alarm Mission Bay deployed the rarely used emergency backup water supply system, when the regular water system could not provide enough water pressure for 90 fire engines and trucks; the high-pressure emergency fire hydrants system, fed by gravity from a 10.5 million gallon and 750,000-gallon water tanks dates to 1913, eventually gave firefighters enough water to control the fire.
3/11/2017 a fire that killed a toddler and critically injured two others, and also led to the death of a responding fire official, appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard, Harrisburg, PA authorities said. Fire officials in Harrisburg said one victim jumped from a second-floor porch roof to escape the blaze, which was reported shortly before 8:00 p.m. Friday. Two other females were rescued by ladder from the ground, as was a man. The Lehigh County coroner’s office said 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Two girls remain hospitalized in critical condition. The man and another occupant of the home, a teenage male, were treated and released. The fire was ruled accidental and attributed to a hoverboard plugged in to recharge on the first floor, where family members were also present. “They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames.”
3/11/1975 two fires on separate floors in the University Tower Hotel, Seattle, Washington, likely the work of an arsonist allowed smoke and fire to fill an interior exit-way through an open stairway at the mezzanine level.
3/11/1966 a ski resort fire killed thirty-one in Numata, Japan.
3/11/1948 Asheville, NC a hospital fire claimed the lives of nine female patients in the four-story central building of the Highland Hospital for nervous diseases, a mental hospital that is believed to have started in the kitchen. “It was the third fire in the hospital in less than a year.”
3/11/1907 Metuchen, NJ a train boiler explosion killed two on the Pennsylvania railroad.
3/11/2011 an undersea magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan the epicenter was located approximately 43 miles east of the Oshika Peninsula, triggered a tsunami waves, that reached heights of up to 133 feet in Miyako; in addition to 18,540 dead, the destruction of infrastructure, the tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents, in 3 reactors at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant complex.
3/11/2004 four train stations were bombed by ten separate devices that killed 191 and wounded 1,800 in Madrid, Spain during the morning rush-hour, the attacks were directed by a Muslim al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell.
3/11/1978 a terrorist attacked a mail truck at Tel Aviv that killed forty-five.
3/11/1977 Moslems held 130 hostages in Washington D.C.