7/6/1994 fourteen firefighters were killed in a wildfire at the South Canyon fire on Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs, CO. The fire started on July 2nd from a lightning strike. Forty-nine firefighters were committed to suppression operations when a passing weather front caused wind speeds to increase gusts, shortly after 4:00 p.m. the fire “blew out” with flame heights over 100 feet, and a flame front was moving at more than ten feet per second (7+ mph).
7/6/1944 Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus tent fire in Hartford, CT killed 168 and injured 682 most were children. The fire spread at incredible speed on the canvas of the circus tent, treated with flammable paraffin thinned with three parts of gasoline used as a waterproofing. Burning canvas falling from above started a stampede for the exits, the tent’s ropes burned, and its poles gave way, collapsing the tent, within 10 minutes during an afternoon performance. The fire began as a small flame about twenty minutes into the show, on the southwest sidewall of the tent. The band immediately was directed to play “Stars and Stripes Forever”, the tune that traditionally signaled distress to all circus personnel. “On July 7, charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed against five officials and employees of Ringling Bros. Within days of these charges being filed, the circus reached an agreement with Hartford officials to accept full financial responsibility.”
7/6/1966 a Madison, IN firefighter “died following a fire caused by lightning at Preston Paint & Wallpaper on Main Street.”
7/6/2013 a firefighter died at “train derailment involving crude oil occurred in Quebec, Canada. This derailment occurred in downtown Lac-Megantic and resulted in 47 civilian fatalities and destroyed more than 30 buildings. Fire departments from Canada and Maine responded to the massive fires in Lac-Megantic. The train had been parked on the main line 7 miles outside of town. During the night, a fire occurred in one of the locomotives on the parked train. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire, and railroad employees declared the train safe. Brakes failed to hold the train in place following the engine fire, and sometime after midnight the train started to roll downhill toward Lac-Megantic. Sixty-three of the train’s 72 cars derailed near a grade crossing at the main street in downtown. Derailed tank cars immediately caught fire, and between four and six explosions were reported by witnesses.”
7/6/2018 “at least twenty-two people were killed and forty injured when explosions ripped through several fireworks factories in a Mexican town that has a long history of deadly blasts. The explosions occurred in Tultepec, a town in Mexico state known as the country’s pyrotechnic capital and the site of a blast that claimed forty-two lives in 2016. Several manufacturers were killed, authorities said, along with at least four firefighters and two police officers who rushed to the scene to help. In a rare step, a state official vowed to review the town’s fireworks industry to determine whether a temporary closure of some factories was necessary. A top Mexico state official told Reforma newspaper that the state would conduct an “exhaustive review of all permits and the way they are being granted.””
7/6/2014 heavy flames and smoke took over a Campbell County fireworks store in an afternoon. The fire occurred at a store at the Huntsville/Oneida 141 exit of I-75, according to Campbell County, TN authorities.
7/6/1988, an explosion ripped through an oil rig in the North Sea that killed 167 of the 225 workers on the Piper Alpha rig, the largest oil rig in the North Sea located about 120 miles off the northeast coast of Scotland, owned by Occidental Oil. A gas leak led to a massive explosion and fire with a fireball that went 350 feet high that erupted from the platform.
7/6/1978 New Orleans, LA an oil rig accident left two dead and several other injured after a hydraulic clutch on a winch assembly exploded at a Gulf of Mexico drilling platform located about 120 miles southeast of Cameron. The platform was operated by Aminoil U.S.A. Inc.
7/6/1900 Bayonne, NJ Oil Company explosion and fire killed one and injured several. The fire started after a bolt of lightning struck squarely in the immense Standard Oil Company yard that covers 600 acres.
7/6/1909 Ulster Heights, NY the Windmere Hotel, one of the largest and best-known boarding houses in the southern section, was destroyed by fire.
7/6/1905 Vivian, WV a mine explosion killed two and injured nine.