9/12/1922 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died while operating that “found heavy smoke pushing from every window of a four-story umbrella factory. Before the building could be vented, the smoke turned to fire, which engulfed the entire building. The members of Engine 7 had stretched a line to the roof and were waiting for it to be vented, when an explosion occurred. As the firefighters ran for their lives, one stepped unknowingly into an airshaft and fell to his death on the ground below. A total of twenty-one firefighters were treated for burns on their faces and hands, suffered while fighting the stubborn five-alarm fire, which consumed millions of yards of satin and silk goods.”
9/12/1982 Spokane, WA firefighter assigned to Snorkle 1 the night of the Tri State fire died a four-alarm fire. He had gone to the roof with the snorkle’s crew to “open” the roof. When they had opened the skylight, they found a large volume of fire below them. The three firefighters turned and headed back to their ladder when the roof collapsed. Two firefighters made it back to the wall where they hung for a moment before falling into the fire. At the same time, one firefighter had fallen into the midst of the fire and was buried beneath some debris. Through a superhuman effort on their part and that of other firefighters on the scene, The two firefighters were able to escape through a window in the wall. Meanwhile, a crew tried to advance a lead into the fire and find Paul. The fire was too large and Paul’s body was hidden from view. He was found a few hours later. Eight other firefighters were injured that night. Firefighter Wolfe received additional burns when he returned to try to rescue Heidenreich.
9/12/2017 a fire destroyed a Tampa, FL elementary school in a neighborhood that had just had power restored after Hurricane Irma. The fire at Lee Elementary Magnet School of World Studies and Technology was first reported around 6:45 p.m.
9/12/2014 Morgan Sindall’s nearly-finished £16m chemistry lab project in Nottingham U.K. was destroyed after fire engulfed the building; sixty firefighters and 10 engines battled to bring the fierce blaze under control, but they were unable to save the timber building.
9/12/2013 a six-alarm fire in Seaside, NJ on the boardwalk destroyed twenty buildings. The fire began in the early afternoon in Kohr’s Ice Cream on the Seaside Boardwalk and quickly spread to other businesses along the way, driven by strong gusting winds as flames spread underneath the boardwalk and embers jumped to neighboring buildings. The fire was declared contained around 9:00 p.m.
9/12/2012 a factory fire in Pakistani killed more than 300: a fire ravaged a textile factory complex in the commercial hub of Karachi, killing almost 300 workers trapped behind locked doors and raising questions about the woeful lack of regulation in a vital sector of Pakistan’s faltering economy; it was Pakistan’s worst industrial accident, officials said, and it came just hours after another fire, at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, had killed at least twenty-five.
9/12/1940 Hercules Powder Company plant explosion killed fifty-two, when over 297,000 pounds of gunpowder blew up in a series of explosions and fires, leveling over twenty buildings in Kenvil, NJ. The High Explosives plant had increased production to meet the needs of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the Allies involved in the war in Europe.
9/12/1876 Georgetown, KY a fire destroyed the Courthouse and eight businesses on the square.