2/6/1966 Miami, FL an apartment fire caused by in a kerosene stove explosion in the 40-year-old slum building killed ten. “Four of the dead children were from one family and three from another.” … Olin L. Greene, a former (retired) Director of Division of both Florida and Oregon State Fire Marshal attributes this fire to the development of the Fire Code in Florida. Recently, at an Florida Fire Marshals’ and Inspectors’ Association (FFMIA) meeting he was quoted: “a fire occurred in a two-story wooden rooming house. This fire killed ten people, including two children under the age of five. An inebriated individual came in late at night and stumbled over a kerosene heater, and the rest is a sorrowful history. A predictable fire, and certainly a predictable outcome, but … it is unbelievable to imagine, looking back, that a City of the magnitude and grandeur of Miami, did not have a fire code. Chief Yates assigned myself (Greene), Chuck Hasseler, Roger Tompkins, Bill Kennedy, and Danny O’Connell the daunting task of developing and Fire Code for the City of Miami. The City Manager, Melvin Reese, enacted an emergency ordinance for the immediate collection of all kerosene heating and cooking devices within the City. Picture if you might, uniformed fire personnel with dump trucks going door to door, confiscating every kerosene heater and cook stove within the city. They were housed in a huge warehouse pending the inevitable lawsuits. Today, they are a reef in Biscayne Bay. Oh, the fire code, it was developed as “Ordinance 1954, that was presented to the City Commission and adopted as Miami’s first fire code on first reading.” Original media release Miami, Fla. — (AP) – “Fire and police officials blamed the Miami blaze—in a 40-year-old building in the city’s Negro slum area—on a kerosene stove explosion. Four of the dead children were from one family and three from another. The parents escaped.”
2/6/1838 a Manhattan, New York firefighter died while fighting a fire involving a row of buildings occupied by a tobacco firm, the rear walls collapsed, killing him. He was manning a hoseline on a ladder that was propped against a rear wall.
2/6/1912 Lansing, MI the Downey House Hotel fire started on top of an elevator shaft on the sixth floor and spread quickly, injuring three firefighters in the “hotel had been the gathering place for legislators and statesmen” since it was built in 1866.
2/6/1920 a Manchester, NH firefighter died while operating at a dwelling fire, he sustained severe smoke inhalation.
2/6/1926 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died after he fell into a flooded basement at 2731 W. Girard Avenue.
2/6/1927 two Chicago, IL firefighters died when they were caught in a structural collapse while fighting a fire in the 810 Dix Street Metropolitan Building. “A watchman discovered the fire at around 8:00 a.m., but the five-story brick building was already fully involved when the first responding fire companies arrived on scene. A 2-11 and a 4-11 alarm were immediately raised, and nearly one-quarter of the city’s fire apparatus responded to the blaze. Firefighters battled the fire for more than four hours, and the flames were successfully contained within the four walls of the building. Recognizing that the fire had consumed many of the building’s interior timbers, rendering it structurally unsound, firefighters were in the process of tearing down the walls when the west wall suddenly buckled and collapsed. Tons of bricks and debris fell onto a group of six firefighters. Rescue operations successfully extracted the six firefighters, but one was already dead. A second was transported to Henrotin Hospital, where he died from a fractured skull.”
2/6/1928 a Staten Island, New York (FDNY) died while operating at a two-alarm fire involving a coal pocket, he fell 80 feet to the ground from a coal hoist and was killed.
2/6/1938 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while fighting a fire at Tuley High School at 1301 N. Claremont Avenue. “Fifty-seven fire companies responded to the 5-11 alarm fire, which started in the school’s biology laboratory and destroyed twenty-five other classrooms. He was in an alley placing a ladder against the school when he was struck by bricks and debris that collapsed following an explosion on the building’s third floor.”
2/6/1976 an Anchorage, AK firefighter died while fighting a fire in a supermarket. “On arrival, firefighters found a fire in the rear of the Bi Lo Supermarket. An initial interior attack was started with two 1-½” lines that were moving towards the rear of the store. As conditions began to deteriorate, the men were ordered to back out of the store. Just as the men reached the front door a violent flashover occurred, separating the men. Everyone managed to get out of the store except for one firefighter. Firefighters attempted to re-enter the blazing store to search for him but were pushed back by intense fire conditions. His body wasn’t recovered until the fire had been brought under control. The three-alarm fire was determined to have been the result of arson.”
2/6/1997 two Stockton, CA firefighters died while working at a house fire. “Units were dispatched to a report of a house fire. The first arriving officer found a working fire and immediately requested a second alarm assignment. Two houses were on fire and there was a possibility of a person trapped. Unbeknownst to the initial crews, the house was much bigger than it appeared from the street and there was a large two-story addition heavily involved in fire. An interior attack was initiated with a 1-¾” handline through the front door. Approximately 21 minutes later, with no warning, there was a catastrophic collapse of the entire second floor and roof of the addition. The collapse trapped firefighters working on the first floor. One firefighter was trapped in the burning debris but was rescued through the heroic efforts of other firefighters. He was seriously burned. Two firefighters were killed and could not be rescued. The owner of the house was also killed in the fire and was found later after the fire was extinguished. The second story had been added on by the owner and was made of heavy timber. It had been used as a dance studio.”
2/6/2014 eight workers died at Doornkop gold mine after a rock fall started a fire underground.
2/6/2007 twelve died and ten were injured of the ninety occupants in a fire at the JSC “Agro Spets Montazh” furniture production plant, a non-sprinklered building in Ekaterinburg (Russia, Ural region). Finished products and preparations of foam, fabric, wooden parts, and glue produced large volumes of toxic smoke.
2/6/1950 Eureka, MT a hotel fire at 2:45 a.m. that started when a furnace exploded in a two-story frame building left five dead.
2/6/1937 Muskegon, MI a department store was destroyed by fire driven by 25-mile-an-hour wind
2/6/1922 a fire destroyed the main building of the Mankato Teachers’ College.
2/6/1890 Rochester, NY a four-story box factory was destroyed by a fire that extends to the Trin Company.
2/6/1887 Mobile, AL a 4:00 a.m. fire destroyed a wholesale drug house at No. 14 North Water Street a man was killed when the rear wall collapsed.
2/6/1851 the Black Thursday forest fire killed many people and damaged 50,000 square miles of Australia, exceptional heat and drought contributed to the spread of the fire.
2/6/2011 Arcadia, Ohio a freight train carrying volatile chemicals derailed 50 miles south of Toledo causing a tanker fire forcing evacuations of nearby residents.
2/6/1951 Woodbridge, NJ a commuter train plunges off a trestle killing eighty-two passengers and injuring about 500.