4/7/1871 an Albany, New York firefighter “was killed while operating at a major fire.”
4/7/1913 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died after falling from a ladder at the Armour Beef House at 43rd & Packers.”
4/7/1924 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died at a second-alarm-fire at 1320 South Main Street. “Truck 5 was ordered to the roof to start ventilation of the three-story commercial building. The firefighter stepped on a flush mounted glass skylight and fell three floors. He died the following day of head injuries.”
4/7/1926 a Portland, OR firefighter “died after extinguishing a roof fire at 848 Clackamas Street. He climbed down the ladder to the ground and was seized and died a few minutes later in his Lieutenant’s arms.”
4/7/1932 a Springfield, IL firefighter died from injuries he received “on March 20, 1932, when he and another firefighter were fatally injured while fighting a fire at Springfield High School. The first firefighter died from burn injuries on March 21, and the second succumbed to his burn injuries on April 7. Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on March 20, firefighters responded to an alarm for a fire at the school. Unaware that the fire involved an active gas leak, firefighters entered the school to locate the flames. When the first firefighter opened a door between the boiler room and the gas meter room, the leaking gas ignited, causing an explosion that burned the two other firefighters, three school employees, and two students. Two other explosions occurred during firefighting operations, injuring four other people, including one firefighter, and, on March 22, a school janitor died from burn injuries he received during the fire.”
4/7/1938 a Fitchburg, MA firefighter “suffered a fatal heart attack while operating at a fire that destroyed the main building of a convent.”
4/7/1955 a Ketchikan, Alaska firefighter was killed “fighting a fire in the basement repair shop of the Smith Electric Company in Ketchikan. Three other firefighters and police officers were overcome by smoke and gases but were revived shortly after. The victim, who was wearing a Scott Air Pak, had been in the fire building for an estimated 20 minutes before he was rescued and brought outside.
4/7/1963 a Newark, NJ firefighter died at a two-alarm fire on South 12th Street. “He suffered from smoke inhalation while fighting a structural fire. He was treated and taken home, where he later collapsed.”
4/7/1969 a Waco, TX firefighter died “while operating at a smoldering silo filled with sawdust at 2420 Jackson Avenue. A collapse occurred burying him and another firefighter. Despite the efforts of other firefighters in digging the men out, he died from suffocation.”
4/7/2000 a Winterset, Iowa firefighter died from multiple blunt trauma after a fuel tank exploded. “A fire started when salvage workers ignited grass and nearby wood as they worked to dismantle two old, rusting 12,000-gallon elevated fuel storage tanks. The grass fire was extinguished, and the salvage workers decided to use a blowtorch to cut a small hole near the drain of the tank that had already been pulled to the ground. The hole was intended to allow the attachment of a tow chain, which would be used to pull the tank to a salvage yard. As the hole was being made with a blowtorch, the tank emitted a hissing sound and suddenly exploded. The firefighter was killed instantly when he was struck by flying debris. The top of the tank, which was torn away in the explosion and weighed over 900 pounds, flew over 114 feet before coming to rest. A salvage worker was also killed, eight firefighters and a civilian received injuries. Analysis of the tank contents revealed that the tank contained residual gasoline and other petroleum products.”
4/7/2012 Decaturville, TN firefighter “died from injuries sustained when the roof of a burning bar and grill collapsed on him. Two other firefighters on the interior attack team were injured but according to reports were pushed outside of the structure by the victim just before the collapse. The roof of the restaurant collapsed, firefighters were not able to rescue him.”
4/7/2010 four children and one adult died in a Sulphur Well, KY pre-dawn mobile home fire that destroyed or damaged three manufactured homes.
4/7/1926 a 900-acre forest fire in San Luis Obispo, CA killed two.
4/7/1920 the 265 room Lincoln Hotel in Seattle, WA was destroyed by fire that killed three and injured five people shortly after midnight. “The fire spread rapidly, smoke filling the building and causing a panic among the guests who rushed to the elevators only to find them jammed at the second floor. The stairways were filled with smoke and the guests were forced to return to their rooms, from which they were rescued by firefighters with ropes and scaling ladders.”
4/7/1895 Clark & Wheeler’s Electrical Works was destroyed by fire in Newark, NJ; the 300’ by 10’ brick building was burned to the ground.
4/71893 Delaware, OH a fire at Insane Asylum caused panic, but no one died.
4/71854 the Steamer Gazelle exploded in Canemah, OR, left twenty-five dead and injured twenty-five.
4/7/1976 the first U.S./Japan Fire Research/Safety Panel met in Gaithersburg, Maryland.