8/22/1887 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter “died after suffering a nervous breakdown at a candy factory fire on February 26, 1887, when he thought the members of his crew were killed in a building collapse. After the fire his health continued to decline.”
8/22/1932 a Portland, ME firefighter died while fighting a fire in the “attic of a 2-½-story frame house heavily involved in fire on arrival. As the members of Ladder 5 were venting the roof when the firefighter stepped back and dropped his tool. He suddenly grabbed his chest, let out a groan, and fell to a one-story roof below at the rear of the house. He was removed from the roof, placed him into an ambulance, and he was taken to a hospital two blocks away, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His death was caused by overexertion and heat, while working on the roof of the building on that two-alarm fire at Box 814, at # 2b Monroe Place.”
8/22/1949 a Michigan City, IN firefighter “was overcome by smoke while operating at a fire in a furniture factory. He died a short time later. Three other firefighters were also injured.”
8/22/1953 a Harrisburg, PA firefighter died while operating at junkyard warehouse fire. “On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a three-story junkyard warehouse. A general-alarm was quickly sounded as flames spread rapidly throughout the building. Firefighters mounted a massive exterior attack on the fire and surrounded the building with fire streams. As the streams began to show their effect on the fire, the rear wall of the building collapsed without warning, burying seventeen firefighters under tons of rubble who were operating hose lines from a railroad siding. The firefighter was killed instantly in the collapse and the other sixteen men were all seriously injured.
8/22/1957 four Miller, South Dakota firefighters “were killed while operating at an oil tank fire, and the tank exploded.”
8/22/1975 an Arcadia, CA firefighter “died of extensive burns suffered when the roof of a burning building at 333 N. Santa Anita Avenue, collapsed beneath him.”
8/22/1993 a Hampton, NH Fire Inspector “died following an injury suffered while investigating a fire in 1989.”
8/22/1985 Manchester, England a British Airtour, Flight 28M, a Boeing 737 aborted due to engine failure and fire on take-off. As the plane stopped on a taxiway, the crew discovered that the No. 1 engine was on fire and fuel spilling from the port wing that extended into the passenger cabin, releasing toxic smoke causing the deaths of fifty-three passengers and two cabin crew, forty-eight from smoke inhalation; seventy-eight passengers and four crew escaped.
8/22/1913 Binghamton, NY Clothing Company factory fire killed thirty-five, minutes before 3:00 a.m. The fire alarm sounded, thinking it was a drill most girls settled back to work, 2 minutes later they were dying as flames and smoke cutoff attempts to escape down a single stairway and two narrow fire ladders. In less 18 minutes the four story “approved construction” factory walls and roof collapsed.
8/22/1909 Wadsworth, Nevada the Catholic Church a frame building was destroyed by fire.
8/22/1909 Decatur, IL commercial district conflagration: twenty buildings were destroyed and twelve damaged around 1:00 a.m.
8/22/1888 Menasha, WI a fire and explosion in a three-story paper mill killed eighteen and severely injured seven. “While the burning structure was surrounded by a crowd of spectators the battery of boilers exploded.” The fire started around midnight and around 1:30 a.m. while the building was a mass of flames, the explosion occurred without warning.