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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/19

On 2/19/1919 A small fire started in the acid storage room of the huge Cove Mills, Stamford Manufacturing Company, a dye extracting facility, a complex of about 25 “fireproof” buildings sprawled over western Cove Island and well up Cove Road in Stamford, Connecticut. “It rapidly became the most spectacular, most destructive fire in Stamford history....
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/18

On 2/18/1889 the Park Central Hotel, 54 High Street Hartford, Connecticut was heavily damaged by a steam boiler explosion. Twenty-two people lost their lives, and many more were severely injured. “The hotel was at full occupancy. The 15-year-old hotel, 5 stories high, initially measured 125 feet long and 40 feet wide and contained 40 rooms....
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/17

On 2/17/1957 the Katie Jane Nursing Home for the Aged fire killed seventy-two of the 155 residences in Warrenton, Missouri. The fire started in the first-floor annex, attached to the back of the home’s main building, in a linen closet in the two-and-a-half-story facility at approximately 2:40 p.m. “During the five minutes, it took for...
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/16

On 2/16/1968 Representative Rankin Fite, the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives completed the first 9-1-1 call in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama. The Alabama Telephone Company was the service provider, and this Haleyville 9-1-1 system is still in service today. On February 22, 1968, Nome, Alaska implemented the second 9-1-1 service. “As...
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/15

On 2/15/2013 two Bryan, Texas firefighters died while fighting a fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall. “At approximately 11:20 p.m. a passerby reported a structure fire on Groesbeck Street. The hall was not occupied at the time of the fire discovery. Bryan firefighters responded and initiated interior firefighting operations. During interior operations, one firefighter...
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/14

On 2/14/1958 six Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighters died at the Wooster Street Collapse, Box 55-334, 137-9 Wooster Street, between West Houston and Prince Street. “Two FDNY firefighters venting the roof, and four members of Fire Patrol # 1 placing salvage covers were buried alive when all floors and the roof suddenly collapsed in a...
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