10/5/1894 six Detroit, MI firefighters “lost their lives while battling a fire at the Keenan & Jahn’s Furniture Store at 213-217 Woodward Avenue. The fire destroyed the furniture store, and after the four-story building was gutted the front and rear walls fell, killing the six men. The fire was discovered in the shipping room in the basement at the back of the furniture store by Shipping Clerk. An alarm was promptly turned in, but by the time the engines arrived the fire had gained considerable headway, having run up the elevator shaft, and the entire upper floor was a mass of smoke and flame when the first stream was thrown.
10/5/1916 St. Louis, MO five firefighters and five residents were killed in a fire at the Christian Brothers College. The main or central section of the historic school, at King’s Highway and Easton Avenue, was destroyed by fire that started about 7:20 a.m. “All of the 105 boarding students and the 30 brothers were in the basement dining room when the fire was discovered.”
10/5/1917 San Francisco, CA the Owl Lodging House fire killed three firefighters, and seriously injured seven others when a three-story frame lodging house wall collapsed.
10/5/1936 three Dublin, Ireland firefighters died at the “Pearse Street fire, a conflagration, on Pearse Street. The fire began at No.163 Pearse Street after 8:30 p.m. and spread next door to No.164. The alarm was raised at 10:50 p.m. and the Dublin Fire Brigade from the Tara Street station arrived on the scene at 11:12, ensured the buildings were evacuated, and began fighting the blaze. The water pressure at the nearest fire hydrants was inadequate and three firefighters went onto the flat roof of No.165 while colleagues connected their hose to a farther hydrant. While they waited, two explosions were caused by the fire igniting cylinders of coal gas and oxygen stored at No.163 by a company which manufactured car batteries. This engulfed the three men and strengthened the blaze, which burned itself out the following morning. The bodies of the firefighters were recovered that evening; they had died of carbon monoxide poisoning. A tribunal of inquiry was established by order of the Oireachtas, which criticized the fire brigade supervisors, the water company, and the battery company. The cause of the initial fire was not established; the inquiry ruled out arson and felt a discarded cigarette was the most likely explanation.”
10/5/1989 Norfolk, VA a nursing home fire killed twelve patients and sent ninety-six to the hospital for treatment or relocation, after a 10:00 p.m. fire extended into the exit access corridor in the 161-bed four-story nonsprinklered, fire resistive structure built in 1969. Patient rooms were located on floors two through four and the first floor contained general administrative offices and support facilities. Upon arrival NFD firefighters observed fire extending from a second-floor window and lapping to the floor above. NFD started an interior fire attack using the building standpipe system while other firefighters laddered the building. Severe fire conditions existed on the fire floor and efforts were directed to rescue; eventually the entire building was evacuated. The probable cause of the fire is listed as careless disposal of smoking materials that extended to bedding materials and spread to a polyurethane decubitus pad, and mattress. “Within an estimated three to four minutes of discovery, flashover conditions were reached in the room of origin and the fire extended into the corridor.”
10/5/2014 five buildings were damaged during a four-alarm fire at a Santa Fe Springs, California Life Paint Company warehouse that stored numerous 55-gallon drums of thinners, latex, acrylics.
10/5/1858 New York Crystal Palace, located between Fifth and Sixth Ave on 42nd Street, was destroyed by fire, the exhibition hall constructed for 1853 World’s Fair crowned by a 100-foot diameter dome made of iron and glass collapsed within 15 minutes from the start of the fire. No lives were lost.
10/5/1909 Ladysmith, BC a coal mine fire damp explosion killed thirty-two. “Fire damp is flammable gas found in coal mines. It is the name given to a number of flammable gases, especially methane.”