3/14/1878 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “died as a result of the injuries he sustained March 12th, when he fell through a skylight on the roof of a burning building to the top floor.”
3/14/1912 three Hamilton, OH firefighters “died from the injuries they sustained while operating at the Butler County Courthouse fire. A collapsed had occurred and the first firefighter was killed instantly. A second firefighter sustained burns and was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he died a short time later. The third firefighter would also die from the injuries he sustained that day. He would pass away at Mercy hospital on March 19, 1912.”
3/14/1990 a Blenheim, New York firefighter died after he responded to a liquid propane pipeline leak. “After proceeding to the incident, he took charge of the incident area and began warning local residents to evacuate. The ignition of a propane vapor cloud enveloped him, and he suffered extensive second and third degree burns which resulted in his death. Fifteen buildings were destroyed, eleven civilians injured, and one civilian was killed.”
3/14/2001 at approximately 4:54 p.m. a debris fire adjacent to a compactor unit at the rear of a supermarket in a shopping plaza containing several retail occupancies spread into the attic and roof spaces of the supermarket, eventually spreading throughout the occupied store left one Phoenix (AZ) firefighter dead and several others injured. Smoke condition worsened while a crew was working inside and reported decreased visibility as low-air alarms on the SCBA sounded. While retreating crew members lost contact with the hoseline; the Captain and a firefighter were able to escape, but two firefighters were missing. A “mayday” was dispatched. One of the missing firefighters was lead out with assistance. The remaining missing firefighter was located unconscious in the meat preparation portion of the store. “Removal of the fire fighter was difficult due to his size and the obstructions located in the storage room and in the path to the exit. His removal required several additional crews.”
3/14/2016 an overnight three alarm town house fire in 19300 block of Churubusco Lane Germantown (Montgomery County) Maryland sent eight firefighters to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries around 1:00 a.m. Firefighters encountered heavy fire on arrival and the fire quickly went to a 3rd alarm; the firefighters were injured during a structure collapsed that displaced three families, around 20 people, plus pets.
3/14/1988 a four-alarm fire at the Drake Apartments at 7:08 p.m. spread to six other buildings, damaging 29 apartments in Davis, California. The apartment complex had wood-frame structures, 17 that were one-story or two-story with untreated wood shingle roof covering. The fire started in the office building and was heavily involved upon arrival of the Fire Department. Fire erupted on two exposed buildings and fire brands ignited the wood-shingle roofs of several other buildings. Contributing factors include: untreated wood shingles, magnitude and spread rate of the fire, and “suppression operations were impeded by limited space between buildings, the presence of trees and shrubbery, and the distance to fire hydrants on the north side of the building.”
3/14/1981 an early morning fire at the Royal Beach home hotel killed nineteen in Chicago, IL that started in the first-floor laundry room and spread to a nearby stairway trapping many of the sixty-two occupants of this 4-story residential building. A major portion of the structure collapsed. Contributing factors include: improper enclosed and combustible stairways, penetration of corridor walls and lack of proper protection in hazardous areas. Battery-operated single-station smoke detectors were present in the individual tenant rooms; however, a post-fire examination revealed several of these detectors did not have batteries. –
3/14/1920 the town of Grandview, TX was destroyed by a conflagration, 1500 were homeless. The fire started in the south part of town in a residence when an oil stove incubator exploded at 1:20 p.m. “and swept a section three blocks wide and twelve blocks long” destroying both the business and residences, burning “a path completely to the northern limits of the town.”
3/14/1918 Jefferson City, MO the Cole County Courthouse was destroyed by an afternoon fire. “The records which were in fireproof vaults were not damaged.” –
3/14/1915 Mount Vernon, TX a block of brick store buildings on the north side of the public square were destroyed by fire around 4:00 a.m. –
3/14/1910 Jamestown, NY twenty business suffer losses from a fire that started shortly after 1:00 a.m. in a factory building and spread rapidly, driven by 30 MPH winds.
3/14/1906 Biddeford, ME a fire at the Trull Hospital on May Street damaged the two upper floors and causes the evacuation of seventeen patients; “surgeons at the hospital completed an operation upon a female patient while the firefighters were at work and while umbrellas were held over the operating table to ward off the water which was leaking into the operating room from the upper part of the building.”
3/14/1903 Deposit, NY a fire started in the Oquaga House (hotel) at 4:20 a.m. that communicated to the adjoining Stone Opera House and then extended to a cigar factory, the Central House (another big hotel) a residence, and a livery stable.
3/14/1940 a truck full of migrant workers collided with a train outside McAllen, Texas that killed twenty-seven and injured fifteen.
π (Pi) day 3.14 3/14/1879 today is Albert Einstein’s birthday and on 3/14/2018 Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (January 8,1942 –March 14, 2018) a British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge passed away.