2/4/1902 seven Saint Louis, MO firefighters were “killed in a fire at the American Tent and Awning Company at 312-316 Chestnut Avenue. The wall of the building collapsed on the firefighters just as they were satisfied the blaze was under control.”
2/4/1885 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter was killed when he fell from a ladder and landed on his head, while operating at an alarm at 58 Park Place.
2/4/1900 a Chicago, IL firefighter, a member of the “Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol, was fatally injured at an industrial fire on North Green Street. He and three other members of Patrol 5 were operating on the first floor of the burning basket factory when the second floor collapsed on top of them. He was pulled from the wreckage by members of Chicago Fire Department Truck 10, and transported to Alexian Brothers Hospital, where he died from his injuries.”
2/4/1908 two Manhattan, New York (FDNY) died when a large safe crashed through the floor on top of them. The top four floors of a five-story dry good loft were fully involved in a three-alarm fire.
2/4/1950 two Baltimore, MD firefighters died while “working fire in the cellar of a clothing outlet’s double five-story brick building. They were stretching a line down the rear stairs, when an explosion occurred, engulfing the two men in fire. It was shortly after, that while a firefighter from Engine 26 was advancing a line into the rear entrance, he fell over the two bodies of his comrades. He called for help and the two fallen men were carried to the street, where all efforts to revive them proved unsuccessful.”
2/4/1961 a Bronx, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was critically injured at a fire when he was blown out of a third-floor window and landed on a picket fence. He sustained burns, cuts and internal injuries and died the next day in Bronx Hospital.”
2/4/2007 a Washington City, Pennsylvania firefighter died while operating at an old motorcycle shop fire. “He was a part of the first crew to arrive on the scene. Heavy black smoke was showing from the building. The victim and another firefighter advanced an attack line into the garage area of the structure. Additional handlines were deployed but the fire was not controlled. The incident commander made preparations for a switch to a defensive strategy, when a structural collapse of an awning occurred and trapped the two firefighters in the rubble. An on-scene Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) was immediately deployed and removed both firefighters within 15 minutes of the collapse. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance by succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death was listed as asphyxiation due to entrapment.”
2/4/2007 two Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada firefighters died, and four other firefighters were injured when they were trapped on the second floor of a burning home in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg.
2/4/2014 Buenos Aires, Argentina six members of the Federal Police’s firefighting unit, two emergency management office workers and a volunteer firefighter died, and seven others were seriously injured in a documents warehouse fire that caused a collapse.
2/4/1977 Chicago, IL two elevated train wreck in rear-end crash that killed eleven and injured 200 during rush-hour in a snowstorm. Authorities speculated the cause was a failure of the automatic braking system or an electronic signal.
2/4/1976 Cicero, IL the Cermak House Nursing Home fire caused by a faulty wiring on a table lamp killed six and injured twenty-seven mostly elderly patients; the second fatal nursing home fire in the Chicago area in five days.
2/4/1957 Bishop, VA & WV a coal mine gas explosion killed thirty-seven of the about 184 men underground deep in the giant mine that burrows under the mountains of the Virginia-West Virginia line at 1:55 a.m.
2/4/1941 Denver, CO a locomotive boiler explosion in the rail yard injured twenty-five.
2/4/1916 five perished in a fire which swept the central portion of Canada’s magnificent parliament building, destroying the chambers of commons and senate in Ottawa, ON. “The parliament building included a central building with two wings, in all 470 feet in length with a tower, 220 feet high and library building in the rear. Many valuable sculptures, paintings and decorations adorned its rooms and corridors. It was erected in 1865 of cream-colored sandstone on a bluff rising 150 feet above the Ottawa River.”
2/4/1916 Atlantic City, NJ the Overbrook Hotel (formerly Dunlop Hotel) fire left five dead and thirty injured that destroyed the building and extended to twenty frame houses in the vicinity of the hotel at Mount Vernon and Pacific Avenues.
2/4/1916 Brooklyn, NY a four-story house fire killed six women at No. 243 Hancock Street, “one of the most fashionable sections of Brooklyn.”
2/4/1908 Berlin, NH conflagration destroyed 8 commercial buildings with temperature at 20 degrees below zero. The fire started in the basement of the largest structure, a four-story brick building, in the city in some excelsior. The telephone exchange was burned out during the fire.
2/4/1904 Stamford, Connecticut the town hall and most of the contents were destroyed by fire.
2/4/1904 Bristol, PA a fire that started in a defective flue that destroyed 2 houses at Jefferson Avenue and Pond Street; frozen fire hydrants hamper operations.
2/4/1891 Jeansville, PA mine disaster killed forty at 10:50 a.m. when miners of J. C. Hayden & Company drilled a hole striking a vast body of water that flooded the mine.
2/4/1886 Madison, SD the Normal College was destroyed by fire that started in basement at 8:00 p.m. in “one of the finest brick structures in Dakota’s.”
2/4/1850 New York City, NY a boiler explosion and ensuing fire killed fifty at Hague and Frankfort Streets at 8:00 a.m.
2/4/1965 Fire Technology began publication.