7/7/1894 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died from injuries he sustained at a two-alarm fire at the Burr Brothers rag warehouse at 115 S. Water St., after a wall had collapsed on June 20, 1894.”
7/7/1896 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter died from injuries he received “on the morning on June 14, 1896, after a night watchman noticed a large fire in Warehouse A of the White Mills Distilling Company. The third-alarm fire brought nearly every fire apparatus to the scene. Warehouse B was only 16′ away from the burning building. Engine 17 was the first fire company to arrive and began throwing water on the red-hot Warehouse B. This action saved the warehouse. As the barrels of whiskey exploded and broke open, a river of water and burning whiskey began to flow. At 10:00 p.m. three firefighters were carrying a hose line between two building. One of the firefighters slipped and fell causing the others to fall. Two of the firefighters caught themselves and were badly burned on their arms. The third firefighter fell, full length into the burning whiskey. Firefighters tore his burning clothing from his body. Those who witnessed the incident thought he was going to burn up on the spot. He was taken to Hook and Ladder 2 where a physician treated his injuries, but he died on July 7, 1896, after lingering with his burns for three weeks.”
7/7/1927 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was overcome by gas and died on the way to St. John’s Hospital. He was operating at the ruins of the Manhattan Steam Bakery Company at 43 to 51 Purvis Street. He died from carbon monoxide gas, having been created by the action of water on the hot ovens and the debris strewn about. He had reported to duty for his day tour and went to the fire with the rest of the crew to relieve the night tour, who had been fighting the four-alarm fire for five hours.”
7/7/1957 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter “died of smoke inhalation at a St Clarens Ave house fire.”
7/7/1967 a Montgomery, Alabama firefighter died in an “early-morning fire had a good hold on six stores, each ranging in height from three to four stories. Firefighters battled the flames as they ate their way through the buildings and through the roofs. The department’s new midship-mounted aerial truck was placed in front of one of the buildings and a ladderpipe was prepared for operation. The firefighter began to climb the aerial and was about 30 feet up, when a massive explosion suddenly occurred, blowing out the front walls of two of the buildings. He was blown off the ladder and landed alongside the truck, where he was then buried under tons of falling rubble seconds later. Upon being dug out from under the debris, it was discovered that he was dead. Nineteen other firefighters were also injured in the blast. Damages were estimated at over $1 million.”
7/7/2013 a driverless train carrying petroleum products derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, setting off a massive fire that killed at least one person. Four tanker cars exploded that set fire to multiple buildings in the center of the lakeside town of 6,000 people close to the U.S. border. Up to 2,000 people were forced from their homes in the lakeside town, which is about 155 miles east of Montreal and about 10 miles west of Maine.
7/7/1987 an explosion and fire from a gasoline tanker truck carrying nearly 7,000 gallons crashed into an ice cream parlor and pizzeria in Herborn, Germany that killed fifty about 8:30 p.m.
7/7/1975 Pomona Hotel an arson fire killed twelve and injured twenty-two in Portland, OR “on skid row.”
7/7/1965 Jerseyville, IL seven children died in a house fire that started in the basement; six of the children were trapped upstairs in the two-story brick house.
7/7/1930 fireworks stored in four buildings in Neptune Township, NJ exploded, that killed three and injured five. “Sheets of flames spread out and set fire to the adjoining woods in the sparsely settled section. All four of the buildings were wrecked.”
7/7/1911 Cisco, TX Avenue D fire started at 2:30 a.m. and destroyed two brick buildings on the west side.