6/8/1905 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed when the roof collapsed in on him as he operated at a three-alarm fire in a cotton storage warehouse that was heavily involved.”
6/8/1909 a Decatur, IL firefighter died while operating at a grain mill fire at 800 W. Eldorado St.
6/8/1952 a Chicago, IL firefighter died, and ten firefighters were injured during a 4-11 fire at the Terre Paper Box Company, a manufacturer of telescoping paper boxes, located at 1724 N. Winchester in Chicago that started on June 7. “The next day, the firefighter died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from injuries he had sustained during the fire. He and other firefighters had been operating hoselines on the roof of a smaller building adjoining the factory when part of a wall from the burning building collapsed on them. Several firefighters avoided injury by leaping off the roof, but many others sustained broken bones and other injuries when struck by debris. He was crushed by debris from the wall and suffered a broken back. Investigations into the $200,000 fire determined that it was probably started by burglars who had been spotted climbing out a window shortly before the fire alarm. Further investigations revealed that a number of tools were missing from the plant following the fire.”
6/8/1984 a Bristol, Pennsylvania firefighter “was electrocuted while battling a blaze at the Purex Factory when his aluminum ladder touched a live wire. The fire was caused by an arsonist at a guard shed of a company that was on strike.”
6/8/1984 a Jackson, CA firefighter “was operating with a backpack extinguisher on a grass fire near Jackson, CA when he stepped on a powerline. He died of electrocution.”
6/8/2014 a Monmouth County, Union Beach, NJ. firefighter died after “flames broke out around 6:00 p.m. inside a commercial building on Union Avenue in Union Beach that houses a hydraulic equipment company. It is normally closed on Sundays, so it’s not immediately clear if anyone was inside when the fire started. The firefighter had gone in and out of the building several times, and the last time he exited, he collapsed and died.”
6/8/2008 the Texas Governor’s Mansion, also known simply as Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin, TX, was badly damaged by an arson fire started with a Molotov cocktail. Built in 1854, and home of every governor since 1856, was midway through a major renovation, the Governor and his family were not home when the fire started.
6/8/1998 Haysville, Kansas (five miles south of Wichita) at approximately 9:20 a.m. a series of explosions occurred at a grain elevator facility (one of the largest in the world) that killed seven and injured ten. The facility had two-hundred-forty-six, 70,000 bushel, concrete silos, measuring 30’ in diameter and over 120’ in height; on the day of the incident the facility was at about 50% of capacity. The entire facility suffered damage in varying degrees after an unknown ignition source ignited dust. Rescue efforts continued for five days.
6/8/1977 four persons died in a fire at the Cokato Hotel, the Wright Co MN.
6/8/1917 a metal mine fire killed 163 in Butte, MT after a paraffin paper that wrapped the electrical cable was accidentally touched his carbide lamp.
6/8/1909 Presque Isle, ME conflagration; over 100 buildings were damaged.
6/8/1929 James C “Robbie” Robertson birthday, a fire service leader. Robbie passed on November 9, 2013; he leaves a void that every fire service professional must diligently work to fill. His legacy is too large to fully appreciate, starting in Asheville, N.C. when he was a teen. He witnessed the devastation of the Winecoff Hotel fire in that claimed 119 lives December 1946, triggering an interest in fire prevention. He authored several texts and articles, served as the Maryland State Fire Marshal, a senior instructor at the University of Maryland, worked to create the National Fire Academy, Robbie worked with the NFPA, and the City of Gainesville (FL) Fire Marshal, and so much more. Professor Robertson remained active and involved in the fire service to the end