10/9/1911 First Fire Prevention Day was held marking the most intense day of fire during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
10/9/1849 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters “died in the performance of their duties while fighting a fire.”
10/9/1950 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “died after suffering a heart attack, while operating at a fire. The fire was started by a 7-year-old boy playing with matches in the basement of a duplex.”
10/9/1960 a Meriden, CT firefighter “died from the injuries he suffered after he had fallen from the roof.”
10/9/1968 a Centerville, IA firefighter “collapsed and died while he was operating at a fire at the house on East Cross Street. Wearing a face mask and air tank, a warning bell sounded on his SCBA, indicating that his supply of oxygen was very low. He emerged from the house, took off his mask, and collapsed in the arms of a firefighter.
10/9/1974 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died “while operating at a major fire in a large frame, paper products factory, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He had just taken part in rescuing a fellow firefighter when the attack came.”
10/9/1975 a Dallas, TX firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire.”
10/9/1983 a Murphysboro, IL firefighter “on January 15, 1983, was severely injured following an arson fire that destroyed most of a city block in downtown Murphysboro. The fire was deliberately set in an apartment above a tavern, and the flames quickly spread to the adjacent buildings. Murphysboro firefighters responded to the fire at around 2:30 a.m. Over the next several hours more than 100 additional firefighters from twelve other fire departments responded with mutual aid assistance. Six buildings, containing both businesses and apartments, were destroyed in the fire, and one apartment resident died. The fire was mostly extinguished by 7:00 a.m., but the ruins continued to smolder throughout the day. Shortly before 12:30 p.m. The firefighter was working at the fire scene when he was struck by a dump truck that was removing bricks and other debris from the scene. He was treated at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, but he was unable to return to duty following the accident, and he died from a heart attack on October 9 as a result of his injuries.”
10/9/1911 a Mansfield, OH natural gas explosion seriously burned two women and slightly burned six more at a millinery store in the old Wiler building on North Main Street around 4:00 p.m. after natural gas that had accumulated in the basement was ignited by the pilot light of a gas furnace located in the center of the store.
10/9/1910 a forest fire destroyed the Town of Rainey River, ON: “fifty houses were burned, and scores of people are homeless.”
10/91894 a Shamokin, PA coal mine explosion and fire killed four.
10/9/1963 a landslide in Italy led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people when it causes a sudden and massive wave of water to overwhelm a dam.