11/30/1872 a Philadelphia, PA 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.”
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.”
11/30/1929 a Boston, MA firefighter died of smoke inhalation and burns received at 568 Columbus Avenue, a two-alarm fire (Box 221, Massachusetts & Columbus Avenues), that sounded at 02:49 a.m. He was overcome by smoke and fumes while he was searching for victims. Engine 32 was re-assigned to the South End while a four-alarm fire in a church on Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, claimed the lives of four civilians.
11/30/1951 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at 522 S. 5th Street.”
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 Chiefs car, but had died from his injuries.”
11/30/1987 a Brooklyn, NY (FDNY) firefighter “died after being severely exposed to toxic fumes the previous day.”
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.”
11/30/1883 Ocala, FL a kerosene lamp fell over and exploded in Benjamin’s store, the village did not have fire apparatus, despite the best efforts of the citizens, the fire spread from street to street destroying the business section.
11/30/1897 River Falls, WI the Normal School was destroyed by fire that started in the laboratory on the third floor about eight o’clock and extended to the attic.
11/30/1905 the town of Arcadia, FL was destroyed by fire from Gore’s grocery store to the railroad, on both sides of Main Street.
11/30/1915 Boomer, WV #2 coal mine explosion killed twenty-three.
11/30/1920 Concord, NH Opera House was destroyed by fire that extended to several buildings on the block.
11/30/1920 Muskoka, ON the hospital 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.”
11/30/2014 near Liege, Belgium a fire causes 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.”