3/6/1910 an Anne Arundel County, Maryland firefighter “died after sustaining head injuries, he fell from a ladder while fighting a fire at Market and Fleet Street.”
3/6/1912 twenty firefighters were injured when a four-story brick wall collapsed during a building fire on South Water Street in Providence, RI. “Eleven of the number were taken to the hospital, two with injuries which may prove fatal.”
3/6/1926 a Chicago, IL firefighter fell ill on March 5, 1926, “when he was overcome by fumes at the West Huron Coke Company at 114 W. Huron. He was treated at Henrotin Memorial Hospital, and discharged to his home, but he never recovered and died the following day, March 6.”
3/6/1969 an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada firefighter died while fighting a fire at the Foster Leather store on Bank street. “A fire had broken out at the rear of the two-story structure and was rapidly spreading when companies arrived. The victim began an interior attack with a crew. They were about 10 feet inside, when a display cabinet fell on him, pinning his legs. The others were attempting to extricate him, when the second floor collapsed, trapping all five members. Rescue crews dug through the burning debris and removed all of them with the exception of the victim who was still trapped. The rescue attempt had to be called off due to heavy fire conditions.
3/6/1993 a Monmouth, Illinois firefighter died “while fighting an arson fire in a furniture store. The Monmouth Fire Department responded to a bomb threat targeting seven local schools. While firefighters were assisting with the evacuation of the schools, a fire was deliberately started in a storage room at a furniture store adjacent to the fire station. Firefighters responded to the fire shortly after 1:30 p.m., and by 6:30 p.m. they had thoroughly extinguished the fire and returned to headquarters. The following morning, a Monmouth police officer reported another fire at the furniture store at 6:14 a.m. Unlike the confined fire from the previous day, firefighters who responded to this second fire found the building fully involved in flames. The firefighter participated in active firefighting operations, and he was fatally injured by debris when the roof and west wall of the structure collapsed. After the fire was extinguished, investigators found traces of flammable liquids in the remnants of the store, and eight months later two men were arrested for setting the fires in an effort to cover up theft and corrupt business practices. In 1995, both men were sentenced to more than twenty years in prison.”
3/6/2002 a Harrisburg NC firefighter died after he and another firefighter fell into a burning basement. The first firefighter was pulled out by fellow firefighters, but sustained serious burns, over 80% of his body.
3/6/1982 Houston, TX Westcase Hilton Hotel fire killed twelve of the thirty occupants on the 4th floor. A fire-resistive 13-story structure that had a fire detection system that alerted the front desk. Around 2:00 a.m. the alarm sounded, and the clerk shut it off twice. One of the 200 guests reported smoke to the clerk, but delays continued. At 2:30 a.m. the fire department was called and found a smoldering fire started by a cigarette in an upholstered chair that heavily damaged the contents room 404 and extended horizontally to the two adjoining rooms and with minor vertical exterior fire extension to 3 guest rooms on the 5th floor. The exposed 4th floor corridor had experienced severe heat and smoke conditions. Four victims were found in room 407, five in room 413, one in the corridor outside room 413. Five other occupants of the fire floor were hospitalized, two would later die. In this fatal fire “several people were confused by the exit markings or the similarity of exit doors and adjacent storage room doors. The directional exit signs within the exit foyers at the ends of the hotel corridors indicated that the exit path from this point would be perpendicular to the exit access corridor. Some of the occupants moved toward the locked storage room doors and away from the exits.”
3/6/2014 Jersey City, NJ, a house fire killed four, and extended to five homes displacing thirty people as the fire swept through part of a block of row houses; a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.
3/6/2011 a fire in a pub killed nine and injured twelve in the central Taiwan city of Taichung. “Several bodies were found trapped on the staircase between the first and second floors,” that started “after a performance involving the use of LED lighting went awry.”
3/6/2011 six died and three were injured in Lake Granbury, TX mobile home fire that started at the site of a party ended around 2:00 a.m. Shortly after 6:10 a.m. when firefighters arrived, they found the double-wide mobile home fully involved.
3/6/2009 Oklahoma City, OK three died in house fire; the home had no working smoke alarms.
3/6/1971 a psychiatric hospital fire killed twenty-eight in Burghoezli, Switzerland.
3/6/1959 Little Rock, AR a reform school fire killed twenty-one “boys trapped behind locked doors,” forty-seven boys escaped from the U-shaped brick veneer dormitory building.
3/6/1916 El Paso, TX jail gasoline explosion killed eighteen. “The explosion occurred in the disinfecting room where there were fifty prisoners. A lighted match ignited vapors arising from the bath, which was a mixture of gasoline, kerosene and vinegar.”
3/6/1905 Edwardsville, IL Leland Hotel fire actress Victoria Bateman narrowly escaped burning to death.
3/6/1900 Fire Creek, WV coal mine explosion killed fifty “at the Red Ash Mine shortly after the miners went to work.”
3/6/1899 West Point, MS the Mary Holmes College, an industrial school for girls was destroyed by fire at 6:30 a.m.
3/6/1896 Duluth, MN the “Parsons Block” was destroyed by fire.
3/6/1884 Lawrence, MA a boiler explosion killed one; debris was thrown 400 feet.
3/6/1853 Bolivar, TN nine buildings were destroyed by fire that started in a “house connected with the hotel of G. G. Adams, destroying the hotel and the adjoining houses.”