10/10/1915 three Richmond, VA firefighters died “after they ventured toward the walls of the Crenshaw Warehouse during a fire that was under control. The wall collapsed. One firefighter was instantly killed, while two others were badly injured, but their bodies recovered and taken to the hospital, where they died a few hours later. Two other firefighters were also badly injured in the collapse, but both recovered from their injuries.”
10/10/1942 a Chicago, IL firefighter died from injuries he received “on October 8, 1942, when an air raid siren mounted on the roof of a Chicago firehouse caught fire during an air raid drill. The siren’s gasoline motor exploded and set fire to the roof of the Hook and Ladder Truck Co. 36 firehouse at 722 North Kedzie Avenue. Two firefighters climbed the ten-foot platform that the siren was mounted on to extinguish the blaze, but the flames forced them to jump back down to the station roof. Both firefighters were taken to Franklin Boulevard Hospital for treatment as they both suffered burns and one broke his hip when he landed on the roof. He died two days later from his injuries.”
10/10/1943 two Milwaukee, WI. Firefighters suffocated by a mud slide at Manegold Dump fire, on Hawley Rd… “After quarrying ceased, leaving sheer rock walls a hundred feet high around part of the pit, it excavation became a dumping ground in the 1930’s.
It was an immediate nuisance. Fires sprang up amid tons of rubbish in the pit, though much of the quarry floor was a large lake. These fires were almost impossible to get at. On Saturday, October 9, 1943, a high wind fanned several smoldering trash heaps into a sizeable blaze, sending clouds of stinking smoke over the neighborhood. That alone was enough to send long suffering residents after their Alderman. Besides the smell, flying sparks began to threaten Wells Street homes. Firefighters came out that afternoon, keeping a hose line working all through the night on rubbish below. But it did little good. Sunday morning, about 10 o’clock, the men of Engine 1 and Truck 3 laid out more hose, working three lines from the cliff while a fourth was laboriously carried down into the pit by two firefighters. Suddenly, about 12:15, a great embankment of high-piled trash caved over on the two men, burying them in suffocating muck five feet deep. Other firefighters, clambered down to rescue, uncovering one firefighter in 15 minutes. But despite half an hour’s use of an inhalator, he was dead on arrival at County Emergency Hospital. The second firefighter could not be located in the mountain of rubble. To help with the search, 250 off shift men responded to a special call; some descended cliff sides by rope, others came by rowboat across the lake in the bottom of the pit. Eventually, the seconds firefighter’s dead body was recovered.
10/10/1948 a Saint Petersburg, FL firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after falling 3 floors from the Florida Theater Building during Fire Prevention Week demonstration.”
10/10/1984 Oles Inc. a hardware store fire killed four including a 2 y/o in South Pasadena, CA that completely destroyed the store. Fire investigators determined the cause to be an electrical fire; John Orr, a fire investigator, insisted that the cause was arson; Orr would later be convicted as a serial arsonist. “John Leonard Orr was a fire captain and arson investigator for the Glendale Fire Department in Southern California. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles was plagued by a series of fires that cost millions of dollars in damages and claimed four lives. John Orr was found to be the cause of most of those fires. During his arson spree, Orr was given the nickname the Pillow Pyro by arson investigators. His modus operandi was to set fires using an incendiary timing-device, usually comprising a lit cigarette, three matches wrapped in ruled yellow writing paper and secured by a rubber band, in stores while they were open and populated. He would set small fires often in the grassy hills, in order to draw firefighters, leaving fires set in more congested areas unattended.”
10/10/1980 Independence, KY a fiery blast from the boiler killed a teenage student and injured thirty-three people as a dozen art students, painting Halloween goblins on Simon Kenton High School windows. “We heard a sudden hissing, like steam, coming from the wall … five seconds, and the whole wall blew up.” “A half-hour later, after some 1,000 students had fled the school, a second explosion rocked the building, triggering a fire and gutting three floors in the north wing” where the boiler room was added to the original 45-year-old building ten years before the explosion.
10/10/1916 Madison, WI 1,500 students safely evacuate the main building that was completely destroyed by fire at the University.
10/10/1915 Richmond, VA a fire destroyed a block of warehouses in the wholesale and tobacco district, a collapsing brick wall killed three firefighters and two watchmen.
10/10/1895 Kansas City, MO the Comique Theater was destroyed by fire.