3/16/1906 Camden, NJ three firefighters were killed and nine injured in a fire that destroyed the old Sixth Regiment Armory at Bridge and West Streets, when the “great expanse” roof failed. The fire started in the boiler room and quickly spread to all parts of the structure. “On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke showing from a corner of a vacant armory. After quickly stretching a line into the building, firefighters thought they had the fire under control, when one of the men discovered that the fire was roaring overhead in a false ceiling. Conditions began to quickly deteriorate, and all members were ordered out of the building. Suddenly, a large portion of the ceiling collapsed as firefighters began to exit the building. Thick clouds of smoke enveloped the street, and the two-alarm fire began to rapidly spread throughout the structure. A head count was taken, it was discovered that three firefighters were missing. A heroic search effort was initiated, but the heavy fire and smoke conditions prevented any rescue efforts. About three hours later, firefighters were able to enter the structure, where they found not two, but the bodies of three firefighters in a small room near the front of the building.”
3/16/1977 two Minneapolis, MN firefighters “died in action at a fire in Vic’s Body Shop at 2212 Hennepin Avenue South. They had just entered the basement in search of the seat of the fire when a rapid build-up of intense heat and very toxic smoke trapped them.”
3/16/1978 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died after he was struck on the head by falling plaster during a fire. He walked to the ambulance and went unconscious at 5445 S. Federa.”
3/16/2000 a Delmont, South Dakota firefighter died while operating at a wildland fire. “The fire was the result of a controlled field burn that was being conducted by some local citizens that got out of control. The conditions were dry with winds of 40 miles per hour. The fire was in a very deep winding ravine. Hose was being added to an attack line when a wind gust blew up an area that had been thought to be previously extinguished. The fire spread rapidly up a hill and engulfed him. He had responded directly to the scene from a nearby town and was not wearing protective clothing. He was severely burned over 60 to 80 percent of his body.”
3/16/1993 around 4:00 p.m. a Chicago, IL fire killed nineteen at 1432 N. LaSalle Street, the Paxton Hotel, an apartment building for low-income people, that spread to several rooms and filled corridors with combustion products in the four-story Type III construction, masonry building, with wood stud lath and plaster non-bearing walls, a steel structural frame, and wood floor and roof assemblies. A central corridor lead to three wings, each had a stairway that the end.
3/16/2017 Raleigh, North Carolina a five-alarm fire destroyed a six-to-seven-story apartment building under construction in downtown area. The fire started shortly before 10:00 p.m. at 314 W. Jones Street at the Metropolitan apartment complex.
3/16/2014 four people died in a fire at a hospital’s in-patient building in central China’s Hubei province that started on the ground floor around 4:20 a.m. –
3/16/1940 the Willow Grove #10 coal mine explosion killed seventy-two near St. Clairsville, Belmont County, OH. “The Bureau of Mines declared the explosion to be caused by an excessive shot of black powder which stirred up “bug dust” and coal dust and ignited a flame.”
3/16/1931 Jamestown RI a private sanitarium fire killed five in a three-story frame structure.
3/16/1928 Valley Falls, NY an explosion at the Hercules Powder Company, a subsidiary of the DuPont Powder Company, killed four and injured several around 9:00 a.m. The explosion damaged several homes in nearby towns.
3/16/1911 Cantonsville, MD Saint Charles College, a preparatory school, was almost completely destroyed by fire that started in the furnace room in the basement of the main building and extended through the flooring to the first story.
3/16/1898 Chicago, IL Wabash Avenue fire killed six and left fourteen missing that destroyed several businesses. The started on the sixth floor, where a large amount of chemicals were stored, which exploded, flames spread rapidly, about 400 occupants were present, many were “cut-off from elevators and stairways the frantic occupants began jumping from the windows.”
3/16/1887 Norwich, CT St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was damaged by fire that “was caused by a careless altar boy dropping a coal from the censer.”
3/16/1988 a Franktown, CO firefighter “was electrocuted when he came in contact with an electrical power line as he tried to rescue a stray cat. Franktown firefighters were asked by residents to rescue the stray cat which had been on the pole for two days to prevent children from rescuing the cat themselves.”