9/5/1926 a movie theater fire killed fifty in Dromcollogher, Ireland, a rural village. The only exit to temporary cinema in the upstairs loft of the hardware store was blocked by the projector set up on a table and the reels were placed beside it. Candles used as lighting, were not in holders, only held in place by hardened candle wax. About two hundred people packed into the tiny room. Things turned bad after the second film “The False Alarm” began. The fire completely engulfed building. The nearest fire brigade was in Limerick.
9/5/1935 a Brooklyn, NY (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of exhaustion while operating at an alarm.”
9/5/1953 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter died. “A severe thunderstorm was in progress and lightning struck an electric transformer and then a storage shed in a lumberyard. The two-block-long complex made up of frame and tin sheds, a planing mill, and lumber piles, was heavily involved in fire on arrival of firefighters and was completely destroyed in the six-alarm blaze. As Engine 22 was working at a hydrant, the firefighter suddenly collapsed at the pumps after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died a short time later.”
9/5/1994 a Louisville, KY firefighter died after he “was caught in a flashover while making entry into a single-story house on August 8th. He suffered severe burns to his lungs that would cause his death. The fire was set by an arsonist who was upset over an interracial adoption.”
9/5/1998 a St. Johnsbury, Vermont firefighter died “while operating on mutual aid at a fire involving a large one-story brick, paper products warehouse. He was killed when he was caught under a collapsing parapet wall. Another firefighter suffered minor injuries in the collapse. The cause of the fire was arson.”
9/5/2018 three City of Johannesburg, South Africa firefighters “were killed while trying to put out a fire on the 23rd-Floor of the Bank of Lisbon Building, in Gauteng Health Departments offices. One firefighter lost his footing on the ledge on the 23rd-floor and fell to the street below. Two firefighters died while being trapped inside the building.”
9/5/2013 in Portland, Oregon a school bus carrying a Central Catholic football team caught fire; on a bus recalled for a battery problem. These transit buses were equipped with battery equalizers that could fail and cause a malfunction of the battery charging system. The recall reads in part: “Without fusing, the equalizer may melt, burn, or smoke, possibly resulting in a fire or a smoke-filled bus.” Oregon Department of Transportation inspected the bus on 8/29/13 and discovered no violations; vehicle examinations do not include checking for recalls.
9/5/1996 a cargo plane in-flight fire diverted to Newburgh, NY. A Federal Express DC-10 from Memphis, TN to Boston, MA was destroyed by fire of undetermined origin. The crew received a smoke alarm from the cargo area; all five on-board were able to escape the aircraft landing before it was destroyed.
9/5/1986 the 11-story Hotel Caledonien fire killed fourteen and injured at least fifty of the one hundred forty occupants in Kristiansand, Norway; 121 people evacuated down ladders and by helicopter.
9/5/1913 a fire rapidly spread through Hot Springs, Arkansas and left 55 city blocks in ruins within a few hours. The loss was estimated at 6,000,000.00, and 2500 were left homeless.
9/5/1908 Chisholm, MN a forest fire destroyed the town.
9/5/1894 the town of Barnum, MN was destroyed by fire.
9/5/1881 the “Great Thumb Fire” of Michigan a forest fire killed over 200, burned over 500, and damaged over 20 townships.
9/5/1904 Upper Sandusky, OH a nitroglycerine explosion killed five oil-well workers.
9/5/1897 Nanticoke, PA four died when a coal mine elevator accident drops ten men 580 feet.