9/26/1898 a San Jose, CA firefighter died “while manning a hose line with other members of his company on the second floor of the old Vendome Hotel on North First Street, shortly before midnight. The firefighter was caught in a sudden collapse of the rear wall and three upper floors. Scalded and suffocated by steam, his body was not found until the next day, under twenty feet of debris. The general alarm fire in this showplace of the Garden City (San Jose used to be called the Garden City) resulted in a $30,000 loss. The fire caused injuries to several other firefighters, however firefighters safely evacuated fifty guests. Upon investigating an odor of smoke on the second floor of the Hotel Vendome, the night watchman and a bellboy had discovered that a fire had started in a fuse box of the newly installed electric light system and was rapidly spreading throughout the building via the cable chases. The desk clerk turned in the alarm from the manual box, but mistakenly tapped out a “still alarm,” rather than requesting a full assignment. This led to a valuable loss of time in controlling the fire, as the initial response of fire apparatus proved inadequate to handle the rapidly spreading blaze. As firefighters attempted to make an interior attack on the blaze on the second floor, a loud creaking noise was heard. Suddenly, the rear walls of the rambling, four-story building collapsed, causing the second, third, and fourth floors to collapse into the first. Eight men were trapped under the tons of rubble that piled up in the main dining area. As firefighters immediately went to work rescuing their trapped comrades, some of the injured men were able to dig themselves out. It wasn’t until the next day that rescuers found the firefighter beneath 20 feet of rubble.”
9/26/1898 a Binghamton, NY firefighter was killed in the line of duty. “The firefighter was fighting a large barn fire at 21 Warren Street. A hose line was in the building hitting the fire when suddenly a large beam fell, broke and released a huge pile of wet hay. The weight of the beam and hay broke the firefighter’s neck.”
9/26/1909 a Minneapolis, MN firefighter “died from asphyxiation at a fire at 910 20th Avenue North. After rescuing four persons from the fire, he went back into the building to search for more victims, was overcome, and not found by firefighters until the blaze had been put out several hours later.”
9/26/1948 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter died “while operating at the A.O. Smith factory fire. He was severely burned by a caustic substance and died as a result of its effects.”
9/26/2007 two Wicklow County, Ireland Bray firefighters lost their lives when the roof of a factory collapsed in Bray, after they had entered to check that no one was inside as the blaze took hold.
9/26/2017 firefighters battled a massive 6:45 a.m. blaze at a Miami Beach store. The fire started in the Vemar Market, 1600 block of Washington Avenue that may have started in the attic of the building. The roof collapsed during the fire. Three or four businesses in the same building were destroyed in the fire.
9/26/1936 Bandon, OR a forest fire consumes many towns, leaving nine dead, the fire stretched up the Oregon coast and down into California timbered mountain areas; the main fire area was in the Bandon sector; the historic redwood timbers were threatened by the fire.
9/26/1915 Omaha, NE the recently completed Cudahy Packing Company Ice House was destroyed by fire.
9/26/1879 Deadwood, SD conflagration started at the Star Bakery, on Sherman Street around 2:20 a.m.
9/26/2002 a ferry from Senegal capsizes off the coast of Gambia; only 64 out of 1,000 passengers were rescued.