3/7/1834 a Manhattan, New York firefighter died “at a fire involving a commercial building, he was operating a hoseline in the doorway of the building. Firefighters knew that the building was doomed, but they were happy that they had confined the fire to the building of origin. A bulge was suddenly noticed in the front wall and everyone was given the order to back away from the building. He dropped the line and began to run, but after traveling only a few steps, he was crushed under a torrent of falling bricks. Fellow firefighters quickly went to work digging him out and his terribly mutilated and disfigured body was found a short time later. His body was placed on the engine, the hoses disconnected, and he was taken back to the firehouse.”
3/7/1904 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while piloting the fireboat Illinois on the Chicago River. The fireboat responded to a fire at a six-story distillery located on the river between Michigan Avenue and St. Clair Street. He was fatally injured when a charged hose broke and wrapped itself around his neck. He died on the boat, before he could be taken to a hospital.”
3/7/1907 a Philadelphia, PA “was injured along with two other firefighters on March 6, 1907. They were responding to a fire at the J. Sterns and Sons clothing manufacturer, located at 823 Filbert Street in Philadelphia. The three were on a sixth-floor fire escape when the supporting wall buckled and collapsed, throwing them down 50 feet to the ground. The firefighter died of his injuries the next day at Jefferson Hospital.”
3/7/1913 an Atlanta, GA firefighter died from injuries he sustained “while climbing a ladder with an axe to assist in venting the roof at a house fire at a dwelling at No. 363 Washington Street. He came in contact with a high-voltage power line and was severely shocked. He was quickly loaded into the chief’s car and rushed to the hospital, but died before they were halfway there.”
3/7/1918 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died from injuries sustained after a wall had collapsed at the Brooks School.”
3/7/1924 a Sausalito, CA firefighter “was overcome by smoke while fighting a fire in the basement of the George W. Morton home on Lower Crescent Avenue. He was working in a remote corner of the basement, far ahead of the other firefighters, when he fell. He was immediately carried outside by firefighters where they worked on him without success.”
3/7/1929 six Scribner, Nebraska firefighters “lost their lives by the explosion of 500 pounds of dynamite stored in the barn of a county commissioner of Dodge county just outside the city limits of Scribner. The barn caught fire and the firefighters of Scribner rushed to the scene and were attempting to extinguish the blaze when the dynamite exploded. All of the farm buildings were destroyed, and the terrific shock was felt for miles around. Nearly fifty other persons were injured, several critically. The explosion took place at shortly after 11:00 p.m.
3/7/1937 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating at a factory fire. “Many firefighters were overcome by noxious fumes, while operating at a three-alarm fire on the first and second floors of a nine-story brick factory. The fire was contained to paints and chemicals on the first and second floors. He died as a result of inhaling the fumes.”
3/7/1953 an Albany, New York firefighter “died while operating at a two-alarm blaze that heavily damaged the basement and first floor of an occupied three-story frame dwelling.”
3/7/2002 two Manlius, New York firefighters died after they and two other firefighters responded in a ladder truck to a mutual aid structure fire. The “fire was reported in the basement of a house. Upon their arrival at the scene, the Manlius truck company was ordered to the roof to ventilate. The hole produced heavy smoke and heat. After returning to the ground, the crew was directed to relieve a crew operating a handline in the garage area of the home. The line was advanced from the garage into the mudroom of the house. As soon as the firefighters made entry into the structure, the floor beneath them failed and they fell into the fire area. An officer entered the mudroom and encountered heavy smoke and heat. He was unaware that a collapse had occurred until he heard the firefighters calling for help. The officer tried to grab hold and help the firefighter back into the mudroom, but he was driven back by intense heat and fire. The officer received burns to his hands and face after his SCBA facepiece was pulled off during the rescue attempt. Other firefighters also attempted to rescue the two firefighters, but they too were driven back by fire progress. The collapse made access to the firefighters impossible through any existing entrances. A hole was breached into the back-basement wall and firefighters were able to remove debris and locate both firefighters. They were removed from the basement and transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.”
3/7/2008 two Salisbury, NC firefighters died while fighting a fire in a large manufacturing occupancy. “Business had been conducted on the site since 1939 and several major fires had occurred over time, the most recent in 1959. The building had been modified and totaled approximately 79,000 square feet of space. The building was one story with a partial basement. The business manufactured cabinets and architectural millwork on the first floor and in the basement. Firefighters discovered a working fire in the office area in the basement of the building upon their arrival. Soon after the arrival of the on-duty battalion chief, a third alarm was ordered. Over the next hour, firefighters attempted to control the fire in the office areas in the basement and the first floor of the building and block extension of the fire. When these efforts proved unsuccessful, the fire strategy was changed to defensive. Firefighters were allowed to enter the structure to attempt to prevent extension from the office areas and knock down any visible fire. Conditions again deteriorated and crews were pulled from the building. Once a new action plan was developed, crews were allowed back into the building. Fire conditions worsened again, and firefighters were pulled from the building. Firefighters were allowed to return to the structure as a part of a four-person crew to control extension from the basement office area and to attempt fire control. Fire conditions changed rapidly due to the collapse of an interior wall and the crew had to retreat. One firefighter was removed from the structure by rapid intervention crew firefighters a short time later. The recovery of the second was delayed by fire conditions. The cause of death for the second firefighter was listed as burns. Upon his arrival at the hospital, his carboxyhemoglobin level was 21.6 percent. The cause of death of the other firefighter was burns.”
3/7/2018 a fire destroyed a construction project at 1833 Emerson St. in Denver, CO requiring third-alarm assignment. Two people were unaccounted for in the hours following the blaze. The fire spread to other buildings and destroyed parked cars.
3/7/2015 Gogama, Ontario 39 cars of a Canadian National oil train derail and a fire engulfs multiple cars. A bridge was destroyed by the heat. No injuries are reported.
3/7/2005 a prison fire in Higuey, Dominican Republic killed 133 during a riot; “firefighters had been unable to reach the prisoners or the fire because inmates had jammed the locks with sand and other debris.”
3/7/2012 a mobile home fire about 9:30 p.m. killed four in Apache Junction, AZ.
3/7/1948 Waltham, MA an explosion and fire killed two and injured twenty-nine at the Interlake Chemical Corporation, a plastics manufacturing plant, around midnight.
3/7/1942 a truck loaded with 30,000 pounds of munitions exploded and caught fire near Smithfield, NC that killed at least five and injured over one-hundred; “a hotel, a filling station and a tavern were leveled to the ground.”
3/7/1942 Santa Rosa Island, FL most of the amusement area of Tower Beach was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin; the entire board walk, with the exception of the souvenir shop went up in flames.
3/7/1931 eleven of the fifty-two convicts quartered at the Duplin County prison camp near Kenansville, NC died by a fire while trapped in steel and wooden cells.
3/7/1916 a sever chemical explosion and a fire at the Niagara Falls (NY) Electro Chemical Plant destroyed the building and killed a workman.
3/7/1913 the British Tramp Steamer Alum Chine in Baltimore Harbor, MD exploded that killed fifty-five when 300 tons of dynamite in route to the Panama Canal project detonates around 10:30 a.m.
3/7/1910 Roby, IN two died and twenty-one were injured in a starch factory explosion and fire at the American Maize Products Company where corn starch was dried.
3/7/1890 Armstrong Furniture Company in Evansville, IN dust-room explosion and fire killed three at 12:45 p.m. who were “in the dust room for the purpose of shaking out the accumulation of dust and shavings at the mouth of the blow pipes, when a terrific explosion occurred.”
3/7/1897 Elkins, WV business section conflagration started around 7:30 a.m. in the building of the Elkins Hardware and Furniture Company and “burned almost the entire business portion of the place.”
3/7/1887 Marshall, TX a large mercantile warehouse was destroyed by fire that started in the rear of the building.