6/25/1870 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died “while operating at a fire in a store, he was killed when a stock of fireworks exploded.”
6/25/1884 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating at a fire, he was killed when he fell from a thirty-five-foot ladder to the sidewalk.”
6/25/1919 a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada firefighter “died from burn injuries he received after falling through the roof at King Street East building fire on June 22, 1919.”
6/25/1935 Stockton, CA a warehouse fire and collapse injured a firefighter.
6/25/1946 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “collapsed emerging from a blaze at 70 Bartlett Street early yesterday afternoon and was dead on arrival at Central Emergency Hospital.”
6/25/2006 a Tippecanoe County, Indiana firefighter died at a working structure fire. “He and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a report of a structure fire. Lightning struck a house and ignited a fire in the basement. He was the first firefighter on the scene of the incident and found a working fire. Wearing full structural firefighting protective clothing and an SCBA, he and another firefighter entered the structure and found the floor to be spongy. He ordered the other firefighter to apply water to the basement through a side window. He advanced an attack line through the front door of the residence. Immediately upon re-entering the structure, he fell into the basement through a fire-weakened floor. Other firefighters arriving on the scene found the attack line leading into the basement. The firefighter called to firefighters from the basement and told them that he was trapped and in need of rescue. Firefighters attempted to enter the basement through the hole utilizing a ground ladder but were unable to make access. The homeowner directed firefighters to the basement stairway and two firefighters entered the basement to search for the missing firefighter. Firefighters followed the sound of his PASS device and located him; he was unconscious and his facepiece was not in place. Firefighters began to drag him toward the stairs. He became entangled in debris and firefighters attempted to remove his SCBA and provide air from their SCBA’s. He was removed from the building and transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead after his arrival. The cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation. The flooring system that collapsed was an engineered product consisting of solid wood top and bottom plates and a chipboard web. This type of truss has been involved in several firefighter fatalities. The Wea Township Fire Department was cited by the Indiana Department of Labor for 5 serious violations of standards including facepiece fit testing, lack of medical evaluations for firefighters, and two-in/two-out protocols.”
6/25/2018 a Long Beach, CA firefighter “died from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound he sustained at an emergency incident. Residents say they heard an explosion at the Covenant Manor, 600 E. 4th Street, in Long Beach at about 3:40 a.m. that blew out some windows and spread the smell of gas. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, then gunshots rang out. Another Firefighter was also shot, and is in stable condition.”
6/25/1985 Hallett, OK, a series of explosions and subsequent fires at 9:35 a.m. leveled the Aerlex Fireworks Manufacturing Corporation, a fireworks factory, near the town of Jennings, Oklahoma that killed twenty-one and injured five. The facility was licensed by ATF and produced 90% display-type (special) and 10% common fireworks. The incident, most likely, resulted from the careless unloading of pyrotechnic materials from a pickup truck adjacent to the assembly building. Investigators estimate it was only seconds from the initial ignition to the explosions, that was felt 13 miles away, and leveled most of the facility. “Factors such as unbarricaded process buildings coupled with the quantity and type of explosive composition on hand are believed to be responsible for the magnitude of the loss.”
6/25/1914 Salem, MA City conflagration: 10,000 left homeless and nearly half of the “Old Witch City” was damaged.
6/25/1910 Allenton, WI conflagration: the fire destroyed the local bank, telephone exchange, post office and fifteen stores.
6/25/1907 Brainerd, MN conflagration: the fire destroyed the Sleeper block on Front Street.
6/25/1907 Elk Point, SD conflagration: the fire started in the basement of “the Hoffmen double brick store building, occupied by the Union Investment company as a general store and O. M. Walters, hardware. The origin of the fire was probably incendiary, although there was a heavy-electrical-storm three-hours before” the fire.
6/25/1907 Chippewa Falls, WI a gasoline tank explosion killed two on board a launch on Couderay Lake.
6/25/1902 Mercur, UT conflagration.
1896 Petros, TN a blasting powder explosion killed two and seriously injured several at the railway station for state convict mines at Bushy Mountain.
6/25/1892 Ottumwa, IA an explosion in a fruit store was caused by a gasoline stove used to ripening bananas in the basement.