8/8/1893 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “died from injuries he sustained while operating at the F. Thomas Dyeing and Cleaning Works fire. He had inhaled benzine, his hands badly burned, and face scorched.”
8/8/1911 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from injuries he sustained after an extinguisher explosion.”
8/8/1913 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died after falling from a ladder while operating at Union Petroleum.”
8/8/1918 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “was killed while operating at a mutual aid call to Upper Darby, PA, after a wall had collapsed.”
8/8/1976 two Allenstown, PA firefighters died after a “collapse of burning structural wall in 1100 block of Oak Street, causing injury, burns and death from a gas explosion.”
8/8/2003 a Miami-Dade, FL firefighter died while he “and the members of his class were participating in a training session at the Resolve Fire & Hazard Response center in a simulator designed to resemble a small ship. The class was in the 14th-week of a 16-week program. Five recruits and three training instructors were in the interior of the structure wearing full structural protective clothing and SCBA. As the exercise progressed, the heat in the interior of the simulator became intense and the instructors and several firefighters went to the exterior. Once outside, it was discovered that one firefighter was still inside. The training officers reentered the simulator, located the missing firefighter, and removed him to the exterior. When he was removed, he was in cardiac and respiratory arrest. Firefighters from a fire station located at the training site began ALS-level emergency medical procedures and he was transported to the hospital. Four other recruits were transported to the hospital. They were treated for burns and heat exhaustion and released. The exercise, which entailed the recruits making their way through a steel structure designed to simulate a burning ship, was meant to be controlled, but it was not, concluded a report released by the Miami-Dade Office of Safety’s risk management division.”
8/8/1976 a coal mine explosion killed seventeen in Walbrzych, Poland.
8/8/1956 a coal mine fire in Marcinelle, Belgium trapped 262 miners when a fire broke out in the coalface underground and spread to all levels, that fire would leave 136 dead.
8/8/1905 Hoboken, NJ the railroad terminal was destroyed by a fire that extended to two ferry boats.
8/8/1905 Albany, NY the five-story Myers Department Store on North Pearl Street building collapsed, left thirteen dead, and about one-hundred injured around 8:48 a.m. as 150 employees prepared for a 9:00 a.m. store opening. The 100-foot-tall building’s back wall was resting on jacks as part of a renovation project to enlarge the basement pancaked down on itself dropping the roof, all floors, and the inventory into the basement.
8/8/1872 Cincinnati, OH a square block of the city was destroyed by a fire bounded by Water, Race and Elm Streets and the riverbank.
8/8/1864 the Red Cross was formed in Geneva.
8/8/1988 the Chicago Cubs host the first night game in the history of Wrigley Field.