6/30/2013 nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire, listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning; when a thunder cell passed over the fire blew up with wind gusts of 40-50 mph. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters about 17:55 hours. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made.
6/30/1954 the Flammable Fabrics Act took effect to regulate the manufacture of highly flammable clothing, originally placed enforcement authority with the Federal Trade Commission. “In 1967, Congress amended the Flammable Fabrics Act to expand its coverage to include interior furnishings as well as paper, plastic, foam and other materials used in wearing apparel and interior furnishings.”
6/30/1989 an accidental rapidly developing fire killed five people and injured twenty others on the sixth-floor of an occupied ten-story office high-rise in Atlanta, Georgia that caused heavy damage on the floor of fire origin in the fire-resistive non-sprinklered structure. The fire started around 10:30 a.m. as an electrician, working on the sixth-floor electrical room insert a fuse into an energized circuit under a load causing a massive arc that ignited the interior finish materials. Many sixth-floor occupants were unable to reach the exits. “Approximately one-half of the sixth-floor occupants were trapped. One woman jumped and received multiple injuries, and 14 people were rescued by aerial ladder.”
6/30/1882 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter “was hit in the back by a coupling while leading off at a fire scene. This resulted in infection to the spine. The fire was started by a discarded match thrown by children.”
6/30/1895 two Worcester, MA firefighters “died from the injuries they sustained after they were caught in a collapse of building while they were operating at a fire.”
6/30/1923 a Dallas, TX firefighter “died from a serious crush injury he received when a wall collapsed while operating at a fire at the Texas Wheels & Body Company. He and another firefighter were also caught in the collapse. The second firefighter died from his injuries on August 18, 1923, and the other firefighter was able to recover from the serious injuries he sustained that day.”
6/30/1941 a Chicago, IL firefighter died after he was overcome by smoke while fighting a residential fire at 220 E. 41st Street. He was treated by Inhalator Squad 3 and taken to Chicago Memorial Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
6/30/1950 a Memphis, TN firefighter “suffered a heart attack and collapsed while fighting a fire involving 3 homes on Silverage Avenue near Swift Street. He died en route to the hospital.”
6/29/1969 a Saint Joseph, Missouri firefighter “died after he came in contact with high voltage wires as he was climbing an aerial ladder at a fire scene.”
6/30/1979 a Clarkesville, GA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while battling a blaze at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. During the early morning hours one firefighter lost his life and a second firefighter was seriously injured while battling the fire. The second firefighter endured his last 16 years with unbelievable pain from burns and injuries he sustained while attempting to save the first firefighter.
6/30/1992 a Braddock Heights, Maryland firefighter died “while operating on the roof of a residential structure fire.”
6/30/2010 Paterson, NJ four people were killed and eleven were displaced in a home fire that may have started from an electrical problem around 2:40 a.m. at 465 East 31st Street. “The building has a history of code violations, primarily electrical,”
6/30/1927 Danville VA the main traffic bridge was completely destroyed by fire; “when a tar kettle used during repairs on the bridge flooring bubbled over, took fire and spread liquid flame in all directions over the creosoted blocks.”
6/30/1926 Washington, PA a slate gas explosion killed three boys the Slate Dump of the Ellsworth Collieries.
6/30/1917 Milwaukee, WI Whaleback Steamer Christopher Columbus Disaster killed thirteen while “swinging away for her return trip to Chicago, crashed into a dock on the Milwaukee River, causing a huge water tank to fall from the top of the five-story Yahr & Lang warehouse onto the deck of the vessel.” “There were said to be approximately 400 passengers on the whaleback, including a number of students from the University of Chicago.”
6/30/1910 Wymore, NE business block fire
6/30/1903 Paint Lick, KY conflagration: the business portion of the village was destroyed by fire that started around 2:00 a.m.
6/30/1903 Hanna, WY a mine explosion killed 235 of 282 working miners.
6/30/1900 four German boats burn at the docks in Hoboken, New Jersey, that killed more than 300.
6/30/1890 Standard Oil Refinery an explosion and fire Louisville, KY left five dead and thirty-five injured.
6/30/1855 Rome, IN a boiler explosion on the Steamer Lexington killed twenty-four.
6/30/1880 Denison, TX several buildings were destroyed or damaged by a fire that started at 4:30 a.m. in the grocery store and extended to four frame buildings.