8/25/1803 three Philadelphia, PA. firefighters died “after extinguishing a major fire in a lead factory, firefighters were taking up from the scene when the front wall suddenly collapsed, burying several of the men under tons of rubble. Three were killed instantly, while a number of others suffered serious injuries.”
8/25 1932 a Scranton, PA firefighter died after “he responded to a second alarm fire at the Schlesser Automobile Paint Shop Scranton St. and Chestnut Ave., he was working on the first -floor wetting down hot spots. Eight other firefighters were performing the same task on the second floor when without warning a wall gave way causing the roof and second floor to collapse onto the firefighters. Fellow firefighters, police-officers and on-lookers all worked to help free the trapped men, He was found at the bottom of the wreckage. He was the last to be found but was alive, quickly he was rushed to a west side hospital where he died minutes after arriving.
8/25/1952 a California Department of Forestry firefighter “died of the burns he sustained while operating at the old camp-fire in the Orange Ranger Unit.”
8/25/2018 Beijing, China “a fire tore through a hot springs hotel in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin before dawn killing nineteen people and causing twenty-three others to be taken to hospital. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze at the four-story Bailong Hot Springs Leisure Hotel, an inexpensive spa resort visited mainly by domestic tourists, which broke out just after 4:30 a.m. Fire officials were saying the blaze had started in a kitchen on the second floor. Flames swept through an area of about 400 square meters (4,300 square feet) before being extinguished after three hours as more than 30 fire engines and 100 firefighters rushed to the scene. Firefighters rescued twenty people who were trapped in the hotel and another eighty were evacuated from the building.”
8/25/2011 an arson fire killed over fifty-three employees and customers at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico after “two dozen gunmen burst into the casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside just before 4:00 p.m.” The two-story casino was occupied by about 80 people playing the tables and slots.
8/25/1974 the Washington House Hotel fire killed twelve in Berkeley Springs, WV. The 70-year-old Victorian hotel turned downtown into an inferno as flames reached several hundred feet in the pre-dawn sky. An estimated $1 million damage to the hotel and four other buildings.
8/25/1973 North Caldwell, NJ seven died in a two-story house fire.
8/25/1957 Kansas State College (Manhattan, KS) East Waters Hall was destroyed by a fire that destroyed a complete flour mill, about 15 agricultural research laboratories, several classrooms, and offices.
8/25/1930 Ishpeming, MI High School, a three-story brick building erected in 1907, was destroyed by fire that was discovered around 11:45 a.m.
8/25/1914 during WW I the Germans burn the Belgian town of Louvain
8/25/1908 Chelsea, MA a wall collapse killed eight and injured twenty.
8/25/1882 Paris, ON the dry goods store was destroyed by fire
8/25/1835 New York, NY a factory fire that started about 11:00 p.m. in the cellar of the three-story brick building, occupied by a brush maker, at 156 Water Street extended into residential units located on the upper floors killing three.