12/11/1916 two Toledo, Ohio firefighters died during operations at the Paddock Merchandise Company fire located at 114 St. Clair Street.
12/11/1918 a Boston, MA firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire.
12/11/1928 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a two-alarm fire.
12/11/1932 two Buffalo, New York firefighters were killed in a floor collapse while operating at a fire.
12/11/1938 a Cleveland, OH firefighter “died of the effects of chronic coronary thrombosis from fumes inhaled at the Park Theater fire.”
12/11/1939 a Los Angeles, California firefighter “died from injuries sustained attempting rescue a firefighter on November 6, 1939 at a fire they were operating at after a floor had collapsed, at the Gray Building fire at 336 1/2 South Broadway.”
12/11/1945 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from smoke inhalation at a food market fire.
12/11/1948 a Framingham, Massachusetts firefighter died of smoke inhalation after being trapped
12/11/1958 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died from the injuries he sustained when a roof collapse during a fire at the Magic Rug & Cleaning Company, 7518 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood.
12/11/1962 a Raymond, MN firefighter died in the line of duty. “The Gunter Elevator in Raymond burned to the ground in one of the largest, most dangerous fires in village history. Fire departments were called in minutes, from Willmar and Clara City and Raymond. All three departments fought for hours to save the three grain bins adjoining the elevator proper. Raymond firefighters remained at the scene all through the night in sub-zero temperatures to make sure the fire would not start up again. The firefighter’s death was the result of a heart attack.”
12/11/2014 a downtown Dallas, TX three-alarm fire in a high-rise parking garage killed three workers and forces thousands to evacuate the Thanksgiving Tower. While working on a thermal storage tank, part of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit in the basement of building, a fire started; the cause is believed to be an electrical.
12/11/1995 a textile mill explosion and fire injured thirty-seven people and destroyed the one million square foot building in between the cities Methuen and Lawrence, MA. The fire was driven by 40 mile-per-hour winds; several large buildings in the complex were destroyed. The fire put about 1700 people out of work, Malden Mills was the largest employer in the area and manufactured insulated fabric for winter clothing. Direct losses are estimated at $500 million. A furniture refinishing company more than one quarter of a mile away was an exposure from fire brands.
12/11/1916 Peterborough, ON at the Quaker Oats factory fire started and quickly spread through the entire factory, that had recently remodeled to make the place “fireproof.” The fire killed twenty-three. Originally built in 1902, as the American Cereal Company, the Quaker Oats Plant towered over the Otonabee River near the Hunter Street Bridge. Just after 10:00 p.m. a fire started in building 11 that spread to the boiler room, causing a horrific explosion. The fire burned for four days, most of the plant was ruined, more than 500 people were out of work and twenty-three men were dead.
12/11/1874 Charleston, WV conflagration; the fire started in Gebhart’s building, on the south side of Kanawha Street, across from the Courthouse, destroying all the buildings on both sides of Kanawha Street, from Court to Alderson Streets.