2/9/1858 a New Haven, CT firefighter “died after being shot during a riot. An altercation between Yale students and the firefighters of Engine Company 2 erupted and a riot ensued. Shots were fired, and one firefighter was shot and killed. Several of the students were arrested, but through the mediation of the faculty, the case was settled. The club the students belonged to was ordered to disband and purchased the engine house, so that the company would be removed to another location.”
2/9/1928 a Chicago, IL firefighter died when he was electrocuted while fighting a residential basement fire at 5529 South Wabash Avenue. “Firefighters had little trouble extinguishing the small blaze, but five of them came into contact with an exposed live wire as they were leaving the basement. He and another firefighter were seriously injured, and the electrical shock also knocked the other three fighters to the floor, but they quickly recovered and were able to pull their two injured colleagues away from the wire. An inhalator squad attempted to revive the downed firefighter, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigations into the death determined that many of the electrical wires in the building were not properly insulated or fastened.”
2/9/1929 a Houston, Texas firefighter died residential fire on 2704 Congress. The house was heavily involved with fire. “Engine 10 arrived on the scene, stopped at the fire hydrant down the block. The firefighter got off the back of the fire truck to hook a hose line to a fire hydrant, when Engine 10 proceeded to the fire. A hose coupling caught in the bed of the pumper pulled the end of the hose like a slingshot from the grasp of Firefighter Smith. When this happened, the hose couple hit him in the head, killing him instantly.”
2/9/1931 a Buffalo, NY firefighter “died while operating at a basement fire at 575 Main Street, after he was overcome by smoke and went to the street from fresh air. Once outside he learned that men were trapped inside. He reentered the building and went to the basement to locate the two members. Upon existing the building crews realized the firefighter was missing, and they returned to search for him. He was located unconscious in the flooded basement, and removed to the street. His brother, a doctor, was notified and worked on him for almost two hours, but was unable to revive him.”
2/9/1953 an Atlanta, GA firefighter died “while operating at a seven-alarm fire, which destroyed a railroad depot, He was killed instantly, and thirteen other firefighters were injured, some seriously, when they were caught under a collapsing wall.”
2/9/1955 three Muncie, IN firefighters “died as a result of the injuries they sustained after a wall had collapsed while they were operating at the Schwartz Paper Company fire.”
2/9/1955 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at a fire on February 1st.
2/9/1979 a Wichita, Kansas firefighter lost his life when he was trapped inside a house fire at 1202 N. Emporia.
2/9/1979 a Kansas City, MO firefighter was killed, and three firefighters were injured while operating at a fire in a three-story frame apartment house. They were operating an exposure line in the alleyway, when the cornice collapsed on top of them.
2/9/2009 the 40-story, nearly completed 520-foot skyscraper, Mandarin Oriental hotel in Beijing’s Television Cultural Centre (TVCC) building burned from top to bottom in an intense fire that started from a ground-based fireworks display gone afoul or illegal fireworks operations inside of the building during the Lunar New Year celebration around 8:00 p.m. “The fire started around the tower’s top and proceeded downward around the tower’s sides while fireworks continued to burst dramatically above the blaze.” “The Mandarin tower is notable for the magnitude of the fire it withstood.”
2/9/1984 Bellmore, Long Island, New York a fire in a 70-year-old frame 2-½-story home originated in the living room on the ground floor from a portable kerosene heater placed too close to combustible materials that killed seven family members at approximately 1:20 a.m.
2/9/1951 Lansing, MI the eight-story granite State Office Building burned bringing state government to a virtual standstill.
2/9/1942 the ocean liner Normandie while being converted to a troop transport ship (USS Lafayette) burns and sank in New York harbor while workmen were welding.
2/9/1923 Cumberland, BC a coal mine explosion killed thirty-three.
2/9/1912 Crandon, WI Paris Opera House and Rhodes store were destroyed by fire.
2/9/1902 Fayetteville, GA the depot of the Southern Railway and contents of freight and thirty bales of cotton were destroyed by a fire in the afternoon.
2/9/1902 St. Louis, MO an early morning fire destroyed the large three-story lodging house at 2700 and 2702 Olive Street, Empire Hotel, that killed eleven and injured eight others of the between thirty-five and forty persons in the building.
2/9/1892 the Memphis, TN conflagration started at 230 Main St in the Druz-Berne Hat Company, a 6-story building that collapsed after 45 minutes and extended fire to the Langstaff Hardware and a trunk factory, by midnight the Lanbrman’s hotel and “The Ruby” saloon were destroyed by fire.