10/3/1933 Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA a brush fire killed twenty-nine, while 3,780 men, part of a welfare project, were clearing brush. A fire broke out in the Mineral Wells area. Without knowledge or training in fighting fire many of the workers ordered to fight the fire, a change in wind changed direction trapped twenty-nine men killing them and injuring 150 others. Professional firefighters limited the fire to 47 acres, the Griffith Park is one of the deadliest fires in LA history.
10/3/1892 a Portland, OR firefighter died “while operating at a major fire in a commercial building, he was knocked from a ladder when the building’s tower fell. He suffered a severe skull fracture and died.”
10/3/1904 a Miami, Florida firefighter died from injuries suffered in a structure fire at boarding house.
13/3,1916 an Omaha, NE firefighter died “from the injuries he sustained after a wall had collapsed on him during overhaul at a fire at the Morris Packing Company, 2615 Q Street.”
10/3/1942 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained on October 2nd when he was caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a spectacular 5-11 at Box 152 fire in a one-story brick Inter-State Transport Trucking Company at 2930 S. Wells. He was killed in the collapse.”
10/3/1962 New York, NY a one-ton steam boiler explosion in a telephone company building basement killed twenty-one around 12:07 p.m. “when about 100 employees of the New York Telephone company’s uptown Manhattan building “most of them young women” were crowded in the basement lunchroom. Without warning, the boiler blew and erupted into the room with the force of a jet-propelled projectile. It smashed its way up through the ceiling to the first floor, bounced back into the lunchroom and finally roared through an opposite wall. It destroyed or killed or maimed everything in its path.”
10/3/1973 two Elkhart, IN firefighters died after “a pole alarm was pulled at Richmond Street and Virginia Avenue. A fire had broken out at Holdeman’s Supplies and the smoke could be seen for miles. Multiple attempts had been made to steal fuel from a gas tank on the property and a blaze ignited underneath. Three firefighters jumped off the truck and began putting water on the fire while the engineer drove a few yards down to keep the engine at a safe distance. As he drove away, the tank exploded. Some of the men fled up a nearby hill. Others caught fire and tried to extinguish the flames that engulfed their bodies. Eight of the eleven firefighters present that day were severely burned. Two firefighters died from their injuries.”
10/3/2014 an 8,500-gallon gasoline tanker lost control and burned in New Orleans, LA at 2:32 a.m. when a wrong-way driver caused the 18-wheeler to crash into a sign at a gas station near Franklin & Claiborne Avenues resulting in a three-alarm fire. The truck driver was killed and the driver of the car uninjured.
10/3/2009 Monroe, NC (near Charlotte) a 32-year-old woman, her mother, and a four-year-old boy were killed in a home fire caused by careless smoking in a home that had no working smoke alarms.
10/3/1909 Roslyn, WA a mine explosion and fire killed nine.
10/3/1903 Peoria, IL an explosion at the Corning Distilling Company killed four and injured five around 9:00 a.m. when one of the cookers in the main building exploded.
10/3/1848 Ware, MA conflagration: “three blocks of stores situated in the central part of the village, were entirely destroyed, and several other stores were much injured.”