On 11/30/1872 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firefighter, an original member of the paid Philadelphia Fire Department formed on March 15, 1871, died while fighting a fire at Box 3, 2nd, and Dock Streets. “Upon arrival members found smoke showing from the second floor of a four-story tall building. While investigating the extent of the fire, the firefighter was climbing a ladder when it suddenly broke throwing him and several other firefighters to the ground. He was fatally wounded in the fall.”
On 11/30/1928 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was found in a foot of water while fighting a five-alarm fire in a coal company at Ash and Oakland Streets in Greenpoint. He was directing the stream from a ‘deck pipe’ of the fire engine and fell into the water. It was several minutes before he was noticed missing and was found in the water unconscious.”
On 11/30/1951 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at 522 S. 5th Street.”
On 11/30/1957 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter “was overcome by smoke and exertion and collapsed at a 2nd-Alarm fire at Rathbone Lumber Company on Northcote Ave. He was treated at the scene, by the Department’s Doctor and transported in the Chief’s car, but had died from his injuries.”
On 11/30/1987 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died after being severely exposed to toxic fumes the previous day.”
On 11/30/1988 a Dayton, Ohio firefighter “died suddenly at Miami Valley Hospital as a result of injuries received from a boiler explosion at an apartment on Simms Street on November 10, 1988. Several other firefighters were also injured, two severely, but all recovered. He and another firefighter were several feet away from the boiler when it exploded. Both were knocked unconscious and were briefly trapped in the rubble from a partial collapse of the building.”
On 11/30/1883 a kerosene lamp fell over and exploded in Benjamin’s store in Ocala, Florida, the village did not have fire apparatus, and despite the best efforts of the citizens, the fire spread from street to street destroying the business section.
On 11/30/1897 the River Falls, Wisconsin Normal School was destroyed by a fire that started in the laboratory on the third floor at about eight o’clock and extended to the attic.
On 11/30/1905 the town of Arcadia, Florida was destroyed by fire from Gore’s grocery store to the railroad, on both sides of Main Street.
On 11/30/1915 near Boomer, West Virginia a coal mine explosion killed twenty-three.
On 11/30/1920 the Concord, New Hampshire Opera House was destroyed by a fire that extended to several buildings on the block.
On 11/30/1920 the hospital in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada was destroyed by fire, all the patients were rescued; “the presence of mind of the nurses and splendid work of the staff generally doubtless prevented loss of life in a fire that destroyed the main buildings of the Muskoka Free Hospital for consumptives here early this morning.”
On 11/30/2014 near Liege, Belgium a fire causes the shutdown of a nuclear reactor at the Tihange 3 site; there was “no impact on nuclear safety and the safety of the workers and the residents near the site.”