8/31/1883 a Chicago, IL firefighter died from injuries he received on August 28, 1883, when he was fatally injured fighting a fire on Blair Street. He fell off a ladder during firefighting operations.
8/31/1942 a Los Angeles County, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at fire.”
8/31/1945 a Brooklyn, NY (FDNY) firefighter “died from asphyxiation which occurred at 7:45 p.m.”
8/31/1968 a Rancocas, NJ firefighter “had responded to a structure fire and during the suppression efforts lost his life when the ground ladder he was repositioning came into contact with an over-head electric line.”
8/31/1971 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “was operating at a fire in a basement of an apartment building, he died of smoke inhalation.”
8/31/1972 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while he “was ventilating the roof at a two-alarm fire, he was killed when he fell through the roof into the fire.”
8/31/1976 three Gadsden, AL firefighters died in a BLEVE. “While unloading premium gasoline from a tanker truck to an above ground storage tank at a service station, a fire occurred, engulfing the truck and driver in flames. As firefighters fought the blaze, one of the 6,000-gallon storage tanks BLEVED, causing it to rocket 240 feet from its base. The blast created a ground level fireball, 150 feet in diameter, incinerating three firefighters instantly. At least 30 other firefighters were injured in the blast, which ignited several large fires. Gadsden Engine 9 was destroyed when it was struck by the end of the tank and ignited by the fireball.”
8/31/2014 a possible faulty gas boiler explosion in a four-story apartment building in Rosny-sous-Bois, France, a suburb of Paris, killed eight, injured eleven, and destroyed the building.
8/31/1995 a fire originated in the kitchen of the restaurant while a cleaning crew was attempting to remove grease build-up from the stove top by turning burners on high covered with several layers of aluminum foil. The ensuing fire spread into the ductwork and extended the full length of the ductwork to a mechanical room on the fifth floor. The kitchen exhaust fan flexible connector in the mechanical room failed and allowed the fire to spread into the mechanical room and extended to the roof’s wooden structural support in the five-story structure in Boston, Massachusetts occupied by a restaurant on the first floor, a bookstore on floors one through five, and an office on the fifth floor. The roof of the building was severely damaged.
8/31/1988 ninety-four of the one hundred eight persons survived a Boeing 727 in service for Delta Air Lines crash during takeoff at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport at approximately 9:00 a.m. The plane experienced a low impact crash at the end of the runway and traveled an additional 3300 feet leaving a trail of burning fuel and grass.
8/31/1983 shortly before 2:00 a.m. a staff member was awakened by the activation of a single-station smoke detector and discovered a well-developed fire on the lower level that was quickly spreading heat and smoke throughout the upper level via an open stairway at Annandale Village, located approximately 30 miles Northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a community that provided long-term care and housing to fifteen mentally handicapped adults in an unprotected wood-frame building. Eight mentally handicapped residents were unable to escape and died as a result of this fire. –
8/31/1968 the In-Crowd Lounge fire killed thirteen in Gary, IN that may have been the work of an arsonist; the fire extended from the tavern into apartments above. “The blaze may have been triggered by an explosion in the basement under the In-Crowd Lounge, on the first floor of the three-story brick building, near the downtown law office of the Mayor.”
8/31/1930 Mayo, AK a boiler explosion killed two at a sawmill.
8/31/1921 Harrisburg, IL the Harco Coal Company mine explosion killed eleven of the 434 miners in a mine.
8/31/1915 Orenda Coal Mine explosion in Boswell, PA killed nineteen.
8/31/1894 Chicago, IL a dynamite explosion at a quarry killed three workers.
8/31/1887 Detroit, MI a livery barn fire killed one person and fifteen horses.
8/31/1869 Cape May, NJ conflagration: two hotels, the Post Office, and twenty stores burned during a fire that started around 3:00 a.m.