9/2/1975 the 1st reported Learn Not to Burn® PSA started in Jamaica Plain, MA & Muskegon, MI.
9/2/1666 The Great Fire of London, a major conflagration, swept through central London, burning from Sunday to Wednesday. The fire destroyed the medieval City of London consuming over 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches including St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Fire started at Thomas Farriner bakery on Pudding Lane, shortly after midnight.
9/2/1888 seven Baltimore, MD firefighters were killed and two badly injured in one of the largest fires and the greatest tragedies. “The first alarm at 4:24 a.m., from box 526, was followed in five minutes by a general alarm. The fire was discovered by the watchman of the Susquehanna Ice Company, who was sitting in front of the company’s office on Dover Street, near Camden Lane. He saw sparks coming over the roofs of the houses. Going to the corner of Cypress alley, he saw fire coming out of the rear windows of the warehouses on the east side of Sharp Street, between Pratt and Lombard Streets. The fire started in the five-story brick building, No. 109 South Sharp Street, 117 feet deep, running through to Cypress alley. It was occupied by E. A. Prior & Company, importers and dealers in toys and notions. In less than ten minutes from the time the alarm was given, the fire had extended to the warehouses adjoining on the north and south. No. 1 on the south was occupied by Levy & Sons, manufacturers of straw goods; No. 107 on the north was occupied by Tabb Brothers. & Dimmock, wholesale dealers in hardware. As the fire gained headway, explosions of fireworks and cartridges commenced, and kept up a continual roar, but the firefighters stuck to their work. The firefighters in the rear were fighting at close quarters to prevent the conflagration from extending to the warehouses fronting on Hanover Street. They were successful in these efforts.
While some of the members of No. 2 Hook and Ladder Company were on the top floor of the four-story warehouse No. 105 Sharp street, occupied by Winkelmann & Company, wholesale druggists, cutting a hole through the wall so that a stream of water could be thrown into No. 107, the wall of No. 107 fell upon the roof above the firefighters. Like an avalanche, the roof and every floor in No. 105 went crashing downward to the cellar, carrying the helpless firefighters to death, and setting fire to the ruins. As the dust cleared away, a firefighter, of No. 2 Truck, who had been on the stairs about the second story, was seen on the cornice over the door. He was taken down and found to be badly cut about the face and head, and his body was badly bruised. The firefighters who were working on Sharp Street immediately began a search among the ruins. A second firefighter was found pinned in the ruins. While the men were working to relieve him, he complained that his feet were burning. After two hours’ work he was released. Although terribly bruised, he was not seriously injured. During the day the bodies of three firefighters, of No. 7 Engine Company, who were in the building at the time of the accident, and two firefighters, of No. 2 Hook and Ladder Company, were found. Two days later, the members of No. 2 Hook and Ladder Company found the remains of two firefighters, of No. 2 Hook and Ladder Company.”
9/2/1912 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter died “while operating at a very smoky two-alarm fire aboard a freighter, the firefighter was putting a hoseline into operation when he fell into an open hatch. He plunged to the bottom of the burning ship and was killed.”
9/2/1939 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting a fire in the drying room of the Suds Wet Wash Laundry at 2230 North Pulaski Road. The original cause of the fire was unclear, but a series of small explosions spread flames throughout the laundry’s drying room. He was among the first firefighters to arrive on scene, and he was actively fighting the fire when he collapsed. He was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
9/2/1940 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “collapsed of smoke inhalation and died on the roof of a burning apartment building on Precita Avenue near Folsom Street. Engine No. 13 was assigned to the two-alarm blaze which had enveloped two frame dwellings at 278 and 282 Precita Avenue. Along with other men, he went by ladder to the roof of one of the buildings, and was directing operations there when he collapsed. He was rushed to Mission Emergency Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
9/2/1955 a Los Angeles County, CA firefighter “died of burn injuries on the 1150 acre Hacienda fire, while trying to rescue 5 juvenile members of the Los Angeles County Probation Forestry Camp Crew 5-1. The 5 members of Crew 5-1 also succumbed to burn injuries. Seven others were severely injured. As a result of these deaths and the deaths on the Canyon fire or Canyon Inn fire in 1968, Los Angeles County Fire Department re-evaluated and discontinued the practice of using juveniles to fight fire.”
9/2/1967 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died during fire fighting operations at Pee Wee’s Bar, 1501 Suder Ave. He and his crew had located the fire in a back room and a sudden change in conditions forced them to retreat. The fire broke through a door engulfing the front of the building and forcing him and a second firefighter to seek protecting from behind a room divider that blocked their path to escape the fire. Firefighters began to direct their streams toward the trapped men while attempting to pull them through a window. The second firefighter was rescued, but the first firefighter slipped and fell back into the burning room where he died.”
9/2/1968 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “died of injuries sustained while operating at a dwelling fire, at 65 Hermann.”
9/2/1985 a Secaucus, NJ firefighter died “while operating on mutual aid in Passaic NJ at a conflagration that destroyed a 40-acre area, consisting of 18 factories and mills, and 23 dwellings. The four-block fire was started by kids throwing firecrackers and lit matches into a dumpster containing chemicals, between two, five and six-story factories. The $400 million fire was fought by firefighters from 28 departments from three counties.”
9/2/1991 two New Smyrna Beach, Florida firefighters died “in the early morning hours a fire completely destroyed Stormy’s Seafood Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Two firefighters were tragically killed as they attempted to fight the fire. The two firefighters were endeavoring to locate the source of the fire when they were overcome by smoke.”
9/2/2015 an apartment fire claimed eight lives, included two children, and hospitalized four around 2:23 a.m. at the foot of Paris France famed Montmartre hill. Firefighters had extinguished a small paper fire around 12:23 a.m. in the building. Two hours later a new fire discovered in a ground floor stairwell and quickly spread to the upper floors.
9/2/1924 the Krause’s Feed Mill was destroyed by fire about noon in Milwaukee, WI.
9/2/1913 twenty-one persons were killed and nearly fifty injured, in a rear-end collision shortly before 7:00 a.m. on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 6 miles north of New Haven, Connecticut
9/2/1900 thirteen were killed and over thirty others injured in a rear-end collision between an excursion train and a milk train on the Bethlehem branch of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway near Hatfield, PA.
9/2/1969 the 1st ATM opened at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York.