3/12/1903 a Newark, NJ firefighter died “at Box 24 located at 74 Market Street, he was caught in a backdraft at a saloon and mattress manufacturer fire and was severely burned. The next day he died from his injuries.”
3/12/1910 a Boston, MA firefighter died from injuries received when he was hit by falling walls on Boston Elevated Railway property at 439 Albany Street, South End during a 4-Alarm for Boston Elevated Railway property on Harrison Avenue. He was leaving the roof area after making sure that all his men had cleared the roof. Several other members were injured, one severely.
3/12/1926 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died after he was overcome by smoke while fighting a residential fire at 6611 Oshkosh Street.”
3/12/1938 a five Paterson, NJ firefighters “died after a four-alarm fire involving three warehouses had been brought under control. They were killed when the Quackenbush Warehouse building collapsed at Box 474 – 51-55 Prospect Street.”
3/12/1942 a Jersey City, NJ firefighter died from injuries received at a still alarm of fire located on Morris Street near Warren Street.
3/12/1946 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from smoke inhalation.”
3/12/1983 a Pensacola, FL firefighter “collapsed at a fire at a paint store while pulling 2-½” hose. He was transported to the hospital where he died eight days later. The fire was ruled an arson. The fire started when a man identified as a disgruntled employee threw paint thinner on workers and furnishings and ignited the fluid with a cigarette lighter.”
3/12/1987 Detroit, Michigan three firefighters died, and ten others were injured battling a deliberately set five-alarm fire that involved two separate warehouse buildings. The fire was started in an abandoned three-story building with a heavy fuel load that extended to an adjoining occupied paper and supply company. A firefighter was killed, and other members injured in the building of fire origin, after flashover conditions forced the initial crew to retreat from the third floor. Two firefighters died in the adjacent structure when a fire wall collapsed while attempting to limit fire extension. “They were killed while operating at a fire in a vacant, four-story brick warehouse, filled with oil-soaked rags from a former occupant. On arrival, firefighters found three fires involving baled rags on the top floor of the structure. As none of the fires appeared to be serious, they began to advance lines via interior stairways. Suddenly, an explosive fireball erupted, sweeping across the ceiling and over firefighters as they ran for the exits. About three hours after the first firefighter’s death, two firefighters were working on the third-floor of the paper firm, when a wall of the burning vacant warehouse next door suddenly collapsed through the roof, carrying them down to the first floor and burying them under tons of rubble. By the time their rescuers reached them, 90 minutes later, they ran out of air and died of smoke inhalation. A third firefighter, who was also trapped, was rescued and taken to the hospital.”
3/12/2014 a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York City leveled two apartment buildings that killed eight and injured sixty, the blast erupted just 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas.
3/12/2013 East China, Jiangxi Province, six family members died when flammable materials set on fire from burning incense for religious purposes.
3/12/1960 a chemical plant fire killed sixty-eight in Pusan, Korea.
3/12/1915 Springfield, MA the Evening Union (newspaper) office fire killed seven, the fire originated on the ground floor, extended up the elevator shaft, cutting off all escape by the stairway.
3/12/1891 Pittsburgh, PA two building on Wood Street were completely destroyed by fire; firefighters “were kept busy with a dozen miniature fires within a radius of a quarter of a mile.”
3/12/1883 Deadwood, ND around 11:00 p.m. eleven lodgers died nine miles from the city at Brownsville Wood Camp when a fire destroyed a one story, long, cheaply constructed shack of pitch pine, building with sleeping loft, accessible only by a ladder. The fire is believed to have started from kindling left near the stove within five feet of the door.
3/12/1870 Calais, ME the furniture store of Gillis & Gallagher was destroyed by fire that extended and damaged two adjoining buildings.
3/12/1988 a sudden hail storm causes a stampede at soccer match in Nepal that killed at least seventy people and injured hundreds more.
3/12/2011 a bus crash on I-95 in the Bronx, NY killed fifteen.
3/12/1993 317 were killed by bomb attacks in Bombay (Mumbai) the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.