7/25/1877 an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada firefighter died from injuries he received on June 24, 1877 after “a fire broke out in the lumberyard of the E. B. Eddy Mill, which is still located across the river from Ottawa in Hull. A bucket brigade was formed at first, but the fire quickly grew to enormous proportions far beyond their capabilities. Thousands’ of Ottawa citizens watched the huge fire from the suspension bridge and Parliament Hill. Some went across to help at the fire scene including members of the Ottawa Fire Department. The firefighters fought gallantly, and although a strong wind threatened to spread the fire into the city, the blaze was under control and confined to a 10-acre section around 10 p.m. Firefighters remained on the scene all night extinguishing hot spots before returning to their stations. The next day one firefighter was confined to bed suffering from smoke inhalation. His condition slowly deteriorated until he passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday July 25, 1877.”
7/25/1883 a Brooklyn, New York firefighter “was injured on July 19, 1883 at a fire at 16 Furman Street. A spark from a hoisting engine stationed opposite Pier 2 on Harbeck’s Stores, at 10:30 in the morning, burned three ships to the water’s edge, two lighters, and consumed the entire cargo as well as destroying the dock shed, which was 350 feet long and 60 feet wide. The fire caused the probable loss of at least twenty sailors, injured thirteen firefighters, one fatally. One firefighter of Ladder 3 was working in the shed along with members of Engine 6 and 7. Without warning the main mast of “Lawrence Delap” of Annapolis, Nova Scotia swayed and fell full on the burning shed. The shed cracked, broken, and flatten like a shell. Cries of help could be heard from the ruins. McDougall was buried under the blazing boards of the roof. In the excitement following the fall, his disappearance went unnoticed. When found after several minutes his head was the only thing showing through a pile of burning boards. His hair was burnt off, his scalp severely scorched and the upper part of his head “roasted to a deep yellow color.” He suffered painfully for six days before expiring on July 25, 1883.”
7/25/1894 three District of Columbia, Washington, DC firefighters died at a warehouse and stables heavily involved in fire, with extension to the adjoining Knox’s Express Stables at 2nd & B Streets, N.W. “A general-alarm was sounded, and firefighters went to work on the blaze. As four members of Engine 1 were working inside the original fire building, a wall of the express stable collapsed into a rear alley, blocking the rear exits of the warehouse. The men were injured by the falling bricks and were now trapped inside the burning building. Their brother firefighters came to their aid immediately, but not before three of the men burned to death. The fourth man was seriously burned and was off duty for 75 days. Only minutes after the men were removed from their fiery grave, the upper floors of the warehouse collapsed in a heap of red-hot rubble. The fire also claimed the lives of 150 horses.”
7/25/1902 an Albany, New York firefighter died “while operating at a general-alarm fire in a public market building, he and two other salvagemen (firefighters) were throwing covers on the third floor when the building suddenly collapsed. When the three men were located, he was found to have had his skull crushed by a timber and killed. It was the third fire in the building in two days.”
7/25/1917 a Quincy, IL firefighter was injured on “Monday, July 23, just after 2:00 p.m. when a Ford motor car backfired and caught fire at 12th and Broadway. Engine Company #6 responded to the general alarm. When the crew arrived, the firefighter grabbed a fire extinguisher and headed toward the car. When he was within three feet of the vehicle, its gas tank exploded, covering him with flaming gasoline, burning him severely and causing internal injuries from the heat and toxic vapors he inhaled. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and was attended to for two days, but the burns he received were too severe. On July 25, 1917, he succumbed to his injuries.”
7/25/1957 a Miami, FL firefighter died “while in the process of investigating a dust collection silo, he accidentally came in contact with high tension lines and was killed instantly.”
7/25/1967 a Detroit, MI firefighter “did not hesitate to join the fire team as they attempted to restore calm to the riot area. He was attempting organize units at Mack and St. Jean to quell some of the fires. At 12:50 a.m., gunshots were fired, and chaos broke out. At the end of the gunfire, he was lying dead on the ground. It is unclear who fired the shots that killed the firefighter. Nobody was held criminally responsible for his death. He was the first of two firefighters that would die during the Detroit riots of 1967.”
7/25/1973 an Omaha, NE firefighter “died after suffering smoke inhalation at a fire at 2870 Cass Street.”
7/25/1987 a Columbus, Ohio firefighter killed on a 3rd-alarm fire after he fell through a hole in the floor into the basement. Tests revealed that he died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
7/25/1997 a Caribou, Canada firefighter died after responding to “a fire in a 75- year-old two-story single-family-dwelling. During the fire attack, he advanced a 1½ inch hose line through the living room door to a point approximately three feet inside the room. Shortly thereafter, the floor above the living room collapsed, pinning him to the floor. He died of suffocation after running out of air in his tank.”
7/25/2015 a fire on the 14th floor outdoor pool deck at the Cosmopolitan Casino and Hotel on the Las Vegas, Nevada strip, a 61-story luxury high-rise resort sent flames and heavy smoke into the air, one person to the hospital, and caused 2 million dollars damage. Artificial palm trees made of polyethylene foam plastics contributed to the fire growth; the “plastic trees burned like solid gasoline.” Few codes regulate combustible decorative materials outside of buildings.
7/25/2013 a fire destroyed a building inside the old Joliet, IL prison, used in the movie “The Blues Brothers”. The fire started in a large warehouse around 3:15 a.m. the prison, that was built in the 1850s, was closed and its gates welded shut in 2002.
7/25/2009 dozens are killed and injured when wildfires spread across France, Spain, Sardinia and Greece.
7/25/1962 Berlin, NY a propane gas tanker truck explosion killed ten and injured sixteen.
7/25/1911 Winfield, KS one thousand, 400 of whom were children, state inmates of the State Hospital for the Feeble-Minded, were saved from a fire that destroyed the main building of the institution that started from defective insulation of electric light wires. “Spiral chutes instead of fire escapes were used successfully in sending the feeble-minded children to the ground and all escaped safely.”
7/25/1892 three-hundred buildings were destroyed by fire in Bay City, MI.
7/25/1892 Middleburg, MD a horse farm fire killed sixteen race horses at the Bollinbrook Stables in Carroll County. The 110-box stall building was completely destroyed.
7/25/1891 Dallas, TX a liquor wholesale house on Commerce Street burns about 700 barrels of whisky were lost and extended to several buildings.
7/25/1875 Newark, NJ an excelsior planing mill was destroyed by fire.
7/25/1873 Baltimore, MD a huge fire ravages the city.
7/25/1924 Gates, PA a mine explosion killed ten at the Frick Coal and Coke Company.
7/25/1917 New Waterford, NS a coal mine explosion killed sixty-two; about 270 men were in the mine when the explosion occurred.
7/25/1832 the 1st U.S. railroad accident left one dead; “four people were thrown off a vacant car on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Massachusetts.”