10/12/1904 a Denver, CO firefighter “became the third firefighter to die as a result of the nitric acid spill and fire at the Denver Post etching room on September 20th. He was one of the first on scene and he and another firefighter (the second to die) entered the room with an extinguisher in an attempt to control the blaze. A 16-gallon container of nitric acid burst open in the etching room of the Denver Post. A fire ensued which was easily extinguished by the firefighters, who inhaled the fumes while fighting the fire. Besides the four firefighters killed, more than a dozen other firefighters were hospitalized with various stages of respiratory distress.”
10/12/1911 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting a barn fire at 2627 Lincoln Avenue. He was electrocuted inside the burning barn when live electrical wires fell from the ceiling and coiled around his neck. He was transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
10/12/1941 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died after collapsing at a barn fire on the Byberry Hospital grounds.”
10/12/1947 a Burlington, IA firefighter “died while operating at a fire at the Burlington Fruit Company. He was following the hose back out when he got turned around a loop in the hose and could not find his way out.”
10/12/1951 a Dallas, Texas firefighter “suffered a heart attack and died shortly after working to douse a one-alarm fire at 5422 Bonita Street. He had been dragging hose away from the burned house when stricken.”
10/12/1990 a rural Damascus, Georgia firefighter died “while picking up equipment after a barn fire.”
10/12/2015 a two-alarm apartment fire at 2608 Independence Avenue Kansas City (Missouri) killed two firefighters and injured two others when a wall on the east side of the building collapsed. Units were dispatched at 7:27 p.m. to a building fire that escalated to a second alarm shortly after arrival. An evacuation was ordered at 7:52 p.m. and at approximately 8:07 p.m., the wall collapsed. Two MAYDAY calls were received and the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) ordered to affect the rescue. “The first ambulance transporting a firefighter departed the scene at approximately 2013hrs, arriving at Truman Medical Center (TMC) approximately five minutes later. A second emergency transport left the scene at approximately 2021hrs with arrival at TMC five minutes following.” Both those firefighters were pronounced dead at the hospital. Two other firefighters were transported to local hospitals.
10/12/2002 Bali, Indonesia a bomb was detonated in a nightclub that killed 180 and over injured 300.
10/12/1918 Cloquet Minnesota and 25 other communities were destroyed by forest fires, 559 died; over 1,500 square miles burned, and 11,382 families displaced.
10/12/1912 Syracuse, NY the State Fair Grounds were destroyed by a fire.
10/12/1911 Franklin, PA an oil refinery was destroyed by fire.
10/12/1865 Belfast, ME conflagration started accidentally around 11:00 p.m. in a boat shop at the head of Lewis’ Wharf at the foot of Main Street. “The fire raged most fearfully for eight hours, when it was checked by the pulling down and blowing up of buildings in nearly every street.” “Most of the buildings destroyed were of wood.”
10/12/2000 U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was deliberately attacked by terrorist in a small boat loaded with explosives, seventeen died, and the ship was heavily damaged off the coast of Aden, Yemen.