7/12/1885 three Albany, New York firefighters died “while operating at a general-alarm fire in a piano factory, they were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall.”
7/12/1900 a Somerville, MA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a railroad tanker fire.”
7/12/1919 six Philadelphia, PA. firefighters died in an “extremely smoky fire, involving burlap bags and bales of rags, that broke out in a three-story brick warehouse. Firefighters, using large-caliber streams, were making an interior attack on the fire when, without warning, the front wall collapsed. With that, the floors of the building then collapsed, burying close to 30 men under tons of rubble. Six men were killed in the collapse and twenty-three others sustained varying degrees of injuries. The fire went to four-alarms.”
7/12/1922 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter “was electrocuted while fighting a fire.”
7/12/1925 a Bloomfield, Nebraska firefighter “was killed in a chemical fire engine explosion while fighting a popcorn machine fire.”
7/12/1939 a Black Hills, South Dakota firefighter “died while operating at a forest fire that was caused by lightning. The McVey fire started on July 8, eventually consumed 12 million board feet of saw timber, 18,000 acres of young trees, and 100 head of cattle. 1,755 men on 47 miles of fire lines finally were able to get the fire under control by July 12, 1939.”
7/12/1942 a Detroit, MI firefighter “was killed by the collapse of a 15-foot block wall while fighting a fire on Woodward Avenue. The collapse was caused by an explosion from a backdraft. The fire started around 2:30 am. Twelve establishments including an artists’ supply house, dance hall, 3 bars and a bowling alley were consumed by the fire. It took 3 hours to contain the fire. Four other firefighters were also injured in the collapse.”
7/12/1954 an Albany, New York firefighter “died while operating at a fire in a jewelry store.”
7/12/1962 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died at a “four-alarm fire totally involved the top three floors of a five-story brick loft building at 390 Broadway. The firefighter was killed when the roof collapsed, and his body could not be recovered until the next day.”
7/12/1969 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died after collapsing on the fireground at Roxborough Apartments.”
7/12/1987 a Seattle, WA firefighter died “while operating at an arson fire in a vacant and sealed up apartment house, he became trapped in the building and died of smoke inhalation. He was found unconscious on the top floor of the building with his SCBA removed.”
7/12/2001 a Lexington, South Carolina firefighter died from injuries he received fighting a house fire on June 16, 2001. “He and members of his department were dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire. When firefighters arrived on-scene, the patio style home was well involved, and fire was extending to a second home. The firefighter relieved another firefighter who had run low on air. He entered an open garage with a charged hoseline and began to apply water to the fire. The garage was situated below the living area above. Five minutes after taking over the handline, the firefighter was knocked to the ground by a partial collapse of the floor/ceiling assembly above the garage. He began to crawl toward the garage door opening with burning debris on top of him. As he neared safety, the remainder of the garage floor/ceiling assembly and the garage door fell on top of him. His SCBA high-pressure line burned through and he was exposed to direct flame contact for over a minute. Other firefighters and civilians on-scene came to his aid. He was transported to the hospital by a medical helicopter. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50% of his body. He died of complications of his burns on July 12, 2001. The Lexington County Fire Service was fined $3,250 by the South Carolina State Occupational Safety and Health Administration for work safety violations that occurred at the fire where the firefighter was injured. The major violations included lack of supervision by a commander and lack of communications between the interior and exterior of the hazard zone. A lack of staffing was also cited, 30 minutes into the incident only 5 firefighters were on the scene.”
7/12/2015 a nursing home fire in city of Zaragoza, Spain killed eight elderly residents and injured twelve other people at the Santa Fe home. “The fire appears to have started in a first-floor bedroom of the three-story building…the occupant of the bedroom where the fire looks to have started had died as well as a next-door neighbor, and those in bedrooms directly above died from smoke inhalation.”
7/12/1979 the Hotel Coronade Aragon fire killed seventy-four in Zaragoza, Spain.
7/12/1973 the Military Personnel Records Center fire in St. Louis, Missouri destroyed the 6th floor along with over sixteen million military service records. The fire department arrived on the scene 4 minutes and 20 seconds after the first alarm sounded. The fire burned out of control for 22 hours; low water pressure interfered with operations.
7/12/1919 Brownsville, OR a fire destroyed one-third of the business section and 21 residences.
7/12/1913 Michigan City, IN a lumber yard fire extended into the town.
7/12/1911 South Waterborough, ME conflagration: “destroyed the hotel, railroad station, all of the stores in the village, and more than two-score dwelling houses and spread to the woods”
7/12/1898 Racine, WI an iron works company explosion and fire injured several, and left fifteen missing around 3:30 p.m. at the Racine Malleable and Wrought Iron Works in the three-story brick structure.
7/12/1912 Cheyenne, WY a circus tent blows down during a windstorm trapping 1,500 people, thirty were injured.