7/27/1870 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained the previous day, when he and several other firefighters were caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a major fire that destroyed two sugar refineries. Three firefighters were killed instantly in the collapse.”
7/27/1900 a Troy, New York firefighter “while operating in close quarters at a barn fire, was killed when he was struck in the neck with a pike end of an axe.”
7/27/1910 a Washington District of Columbia firefighter “fell from a ladder and was killed while operating at a fire at 14th and H Streets N.E.”
7/27/1928 a Buffalo, New York firefighter died at “a general-alarm fire that started in a large oil barge and threatened to spread to the oil refinery where it was moored. About 12 hours later, the barge broke free and drifted across the river to an oil refinery at the foot of Babcock Street, where it collided with a huge tanker. Blazing oil now poured from both vessels turning the river into a sea of fire. The fireboat “Grattan” became surrounded by fire, and then a powerful explosion ripped through her boiler room. The firefighter was killed instantly in the blast and the other four members of the crew were severely burned after having to leap into the flaming water to save their lives. The boat immediately ignited and burned down to its iron hull. Also lost in the inferno was Engine 12, which was operating on the shore on Maurice Street. It took firefighters 17 hours to control the inferno.”
7/27/1996 a nail-laden pipe bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA during a free concert killed two and injured over one-hundred.
7/27/1943 East Chicago, IN a Canadian oil tanker, Bruce Hudson, explosion and fire aboard the gasoline laden vessel killed four.
7/27/1911 Fort Ann, NY Town conflagration: most of the village was practically destroyed by a morning fire.
7/27/1911 Winfield, TX conflagration: the fire destroyed half a dozen business buildings.
7/27/1883 Kutztown, PA a furnace (boiler) explosion killed one and injured several.
7/27/1887 Chicago, IL the Armour Beef House at the Stock Yards was destroyed by fire. “The beef house was a cheap two-story and basement frame structure, veneered with brick, and covered nearly an entire square. The basement contained about 25,000 hides. On the first floor were between 3,000 and 4,000 dressed cattle and over 1,000 undressed, while on the second floor were 500 dressed sheep and about 100 hogs.”
7/27/1862 the Steamer “Golden Gate” burned and sank off west coast of Mexico.
7/27/1844 a fire destroyed the U.S. mint at Charlotte, North Carolina.