12/2/1865 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) “was killed while operating at a fire after he was struck by an iron shutter that had fell during a wall collapse.” “The Fire Department of New York City date back to 1648, but it wasn’t until 1865 that the modern-day FDNY first was established with the creation of the Metropolitan Fire Department (M.F.D.). The first professional unit, Engine Company Number 1, went into service on July 31,1865, at four Centre Street in Manhattan.”
12/2/1890 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died while working “a fire at the Manayunk Cotton Mill, on Venice Island & Robeson Street. Within minutes the 9-story building was fully involved. He was killed instantly when he was buried under a falling wall.”
12/2/1896 during church services, “a priest smelled smoke and sent a message across the street to the quarters of Atlantic City (NJ) Fire Department Engine 6 and went about continuing with the service. On arrival, firefighters found a fire in the frame of the structure around the chimney and pulled the box alarm, bringing additional units to the scene.” “The parishioners barely had enough time to escape with their lives as the fire began to rapidly spread throughout the church. High winds, sub-freezing temperatures, and dense smoke hampered firefighting efforts, but firefighters maintained as aggressive interior attack on the blaze. As it appeared that the roof was in danger of collapsing, the fire chief ordered all men out of the building. Some had to exit the building by smashing out windows and others had to blindly follow hose lines back out into the street. Suddenly, the entire roof caved into the flaming building with a tremendous crash.” Two firefighters did not make it out and were killed by roof collapsed.
12/2/1925 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while fighting “a fire in the basement of the Atlantic Electric Fixture and Radio Company at 2362 Milwaukee Avenue. He was electrocuted when he accidentally touched a live wire.”
12/2/1930 two Milwaukee, WI firefighters were killed “when a floor collapsed at the Siegel Bag Company fire at 8th and Walnut.”
12/2/1934 three Memphis, TN firefighters died while fighting “a fire at the Johnson Motor Company, 333-37 Monroe Avenue around 4:25 a.m. All three men were killed when a wall collapse following an explosion.”
12/2/1939 a Framingham, Massachusetts firefighter “died from smoke inhalation after being trapped during a fire.”
12/2/1952 an Idaho Falls, ID firefighter “died after he was overcome by smoke in the basement of Spencer Grocery at North Boulevard and May Street.”
12/2/1972 an Orlando, FL firefighter died “after being caught in a collapse while operating at a fire at 52 West Central Blvd. Six other firefighters were injured and suffered various cuts and abrasions. A second firefighter, who also was on the ladder, was severely injured. Both men were on the parapet, right at the top of the ladder when the walls collapsed, causing both to be buried.”
12/2/1863 Vosburg’s wire factory, six other large buildings and four tenement houses on 7th Avenue between 29th to 30th Streets New York, NY were destroyed by fire, leaving a number of families homeless, total loss is estimated at $100,000, mostly insured.
12/2/1913 fire raced through the Arcadia Lodging House located at 1202 Washington Street in Boston, MA killing twenty-eight and injuring twenty despite the heroic efforts of the BFD.
12/2/2013 an explosion and fire at Hydrodec’s Canton, Ohio Refinery caused $12.5 million damage ($500,000 building, and losses to its contents were $12 million) in a one-story, 8,000-square-foot oil reprocessing plant.
12/2/2012 Sasago Tunnel collapse, killed nine. The tunnel runs for 3.9 miles along the Chuo Expressway connecting Tokyo with the Nagoya in the Chubu region of Japan.