8/20/1854 two Richmond, VA firefighters “were killed from the injuries they sustained while fighting a fire when a wall collapsed.”
8/20/1900 a Peoria, IL firefighter “died from injuries sustained while fighting a fire at the F.C. Carroll Ice-House at 166 North Fayette Street. At 1:45 a.m. Box Alarm 7 sounded a fire at the Peoria Lounge and Mattress Company, located at 301-303 Walter Street between Fayette and Eaton Streets. He and his crew of Hose Co. 1 were the first to arrive. In spite of the firefighter’s efforts, the two-story, wood frame structure sustained $11,961 worth of damage and was virtually destroyed. At 3:53 a.m., Box Alarm 95 transmitted another alarm. Flying embers from the fire at the mattress company had ignited a fire at the vacant F.C. Carroll Ice-House, just one block up the street. Leaving some of his crew to continue fighting the fire at the mattress company, the firefighter started dragging another line of hose to the ice-house. At the scene the men began hosing down the southwest corner of the ice-house but were greatly hampered by bursting hose lines. Finally, firefighters secured more hose and began pouring a dozen streams of water on the building. At this point, the men took up a position standing on the sill and the others just behind him. At the sound of cracking timber, the men instantly dropped the hoseline and made a break to escape. There was a deafening crash, and the firefighter was buried in the debris and died.”
8/20/1901 three Philadelphia, PA firefighters “lost their lives at a fire at an oil refinery, in Point Breeze, PA.”
8/20/1939 an Indianapolis, Indiana firefighter “died of lung injuries he suffered on August 18 while fighting a fire in the chemical laboratory at the city’s sewage treatment plant on South Belmont Avenue. He inhaled chlorine gas.”
8/20/1956 a Worcester, MA firefighter died from smoke inhalation.
8/20/1962 a Toronto Canada firefighter died at a fire in a dress shop on Spadina Ave near Adelaide Street. “A 2nd-alarm was transmitted due to a quick spreading fire in a three-story building. Two firefighters climbed a ladder to a second story ledge and attempted to gain access through a window. Steel security bars hampered their progress, and after several attempts with a crow-bar, they used a 60-lb battering ram. After about 5 minutes of heavy hard work, they managed to break through, and took a hose line and climbed through the window. Just after entering the smoke filled 2nd-floor, one firefighter experienced chest pains and told him to exit and sit down on the ledge. They realized he was seriously ill and took him down the ladder and rushed him to the hospital in Car 44. He died from his injuries around 8:00 p.m.”
8/20/1980 a Burlington, NJ firefighter “lost his life during the suppression efforts of a multiple alarm structure fire at the Callahan Chemical Company located at South Broad and Filmore Streets in Palmyra Borough.”
8/20/1980 a Newark, NJ firefighter died from a fall during a fire. “On 8/16/1980, at Station 3223, 237-239 Broadway, he was overhauling at a vacant three-story brick building fire when he stepped out onto the fire escape and it collapsed to the ground. On 8/20/1980, he died of severe head injuries.”
8/20/2004 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters died at a fire in a residential structure. “Upon arrival on the scene, a working fire was found. They and another firefighter deployed an attack line into the basement of the structure. While in the basement, conditions deteriorated rapidly, and crew was ordered to evacuate the basement. As the crew began its withdrawal, one firefighter’s SCBA became entangled. He was unable to leave. The second firefighter ordered the third fire fighter, a rookie, to leave as he attempted to free the firefighter. Rescue efforts to assist the trapped firefighters were delayed by the volume of fire. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters entered the basement and removed the two firefighters. Despite their best efforts, both firefighters died of smoke inhalation. Electrical wiring being used to provide lighting for an illegal marijuana growing operation caused the fire. A man was charged with murder because of the firefighter’s deaths.”
8/20/1995 around 2:00 a.m. the Kalindi Express, a train headed to New Delhi collided with a cow on the tracks near Firozabad that damaged the brakes and could not continue the journey, the local signalman failed to stop the next express train only minutes behind the Kalindi Express. The Pureshotham Express from Puri, traveling at full speed hit the disabled train. “Six cars on each of the trains virtually exploded on impact. In addition to the 358 people who lost their lives, another 400 were seriously injured.” “Due to the special significance of the cow in the Hindu religion, the animals are permitted to roam freely throughout India.”
8/20/1984, a fire on the Cruise Ship M/V Scandinavian Sun, while docking at the Port of Miami, FL left two dead and fifty-seven injured. The fire rapidly spread forcing many passengers, attempting to disembarking, to remain on board until the fire was extinguished. One passenger and one crew member were eventually found dead in their cabins during the search of the ship. The fire originated in the auxiliary engine room, caused by the ignition of atomized lubricating oil leaking from a diesel engine driving one generator. Products of combustion extended vertically to six decks above the engine and machine rooms by a ladder access way and through an open passageway, doors leading to passageways on several of the upper decks were open during fire which allowing dense smoke and heat to extend horizontally into crew and passenger cabin areas.
8/20/1978 the Cinema Rex fire, the Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, was set ablaze; the fire killed 422. The ruling shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, said that Islamic militants set the fire. While the public was made to believe that the country’s intelligence service, SAVAK, set the fire, this was one of the deadliest terrorist attack history. Concrete evidence and testimony now the shows that the religious thugs were responsible for this awful act.
8/20/1936 Beckley, WV a locomotive boiler explosion killed three.
8/20/1915 Carney’s Point, NJ the DuPont Powder Company explosion.
8/20/1902 Wilmington, DE twelve died, three were injured and three men were missing from an explosion of the Delaware pulp works of the Jessup & Moore Paper Company when one of the steel digesters exploded. The digesters resemble a vat and are about 6 feet in diameter used for reducing wood pulp.
8/20/1884 Roseburg, OR the Metropolitan Hotel fire extended to twenty-five wood-frame buildings around 1:00 a.m.
8/20/1874 Wilton, IA conflagration started in a grain elevator and extended to several buildings.