4/1/1853 the first salaried fire department was established in Cincinnati, OH; 444 men were hired as part-time firefighters. However, it was not until 1873 that firefighters were hired on a full-time basis and required to remain on duty in the engine houses.
4/1/1896 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at an alarm on March 29, 1891.”
4/1/1898 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter “died after being buried by hot bricks from an explosion and collapse at the George Hoe’s and Sons window blind factory fire at 276 Davenport Road.”
4/1/1925 two Swainsboro, GA firefighters “died from the injuries they sustained when a brick wall collapsed at a fire at the Swainsboro Grocery Co and they were pinned underneath it. A police officer was also caught in the collapse.”
4/1/1979 a Minneapolis, MN firefighter “died in a dwelling fire at 14 Melbourne Street Southeast when he was caught in the basement by a sudden build-up of heat and smoke. His exit impeded by debris in the basement and by a failing air supply in his mask, he was unable to escape and succumbed before he could be rescued.”
4/1/1993 a Chatham, New Jersey firefighter “was crushed by a falling chimney in a residential structure fire at which the 81-year-old occupant perished.”
4/1/2019 twenty-four firefighters died in the forest fire in SW China’s Sichuan. The fire started at an altitude of over 3,800 meters above sea level, and 689 firefighters were sent to the scene.
4/1/2020 eighteen firefighters and their guide died while battling a forest fire in China’s Sichuan province. A sudden change in wind direction led to the group becoming trapped. The fire in Liangshan prefecture has now spread across 1,000 hectares. More than 2,000 firefighters and rescue workers were sent to the area and 1,200 people have been evacuated. The fire started on a local farm. Strong winds spread the flames quickly to nearby mountains. The dead firefighters were among a group of twenty-two – including one farm worker acting as their guide – who went missing. Three survivors have been found and were taken to hospital.
4/1/2017 five children died in Spearfish (western) South Dakota, near the Wyoming border, early morning multi-family house fire who may have been attending a sleepover. The victims, ages 6 to 9, died after the fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. in a home.
4/1/2015 a biodiesel facility in Stuart, FL was heavily damaged by a fire at 3041 SE Dominica Terrace; four 10,000-gallon tanks of biodiesel caught fire at Viesel Fuel. “At one point the fire was contained, but following two explosions it flared up again after 2:00 p.m. … spread to the methanol tank that was adjacent to those four ten thousand biodiesel tanks.” “According to the company, Viesel Fuel has pioneered the enzyme technology to produce biodiesel from a variety of inexpensive, high FFA (free fatty acid) feedstocks.”
4/1/2015 an explosion and fire on a Pemex oil rig platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed four, injured sixteen, and forced the evacuation of 300 workers on the shallow-water Abkatun Permanente platform in the Campeche Sound at the state-run oil company facility.
4/1/2015 an accidental carbon monoxide exposure killed a single father and seven children in a one-story wood frame house in Princess Anne, Maryland on the Eastern Shore about 60 miles southeast of Annapolis. The family was using a generator after the power was shut-off to the home; “a generator with no gasoline was found in the kitchen.” “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide caused an average of 430 deaths per year nationwide…”
4/1/1972 seven Air Force crewmen died, and eight civilians were injured when a burning B-52 bomber crashed into a residential neighborhood and sprayed homes with a sheet of burning jet fuel and created a 150-foot crater a quarter mile from the McCoy Air Force Base runway in Orlando Florida.
4/1/1947 an insane asylum fire in Steilacoom, WA left one dead and two critically injured.
4/1/1902 three big warehouses of the Peaslee-Gaulbert Paint and Varnish Company in Louisville, KY were destroyed by fire that “is generally thought to have been due to spontaneous combustion.”
4/1/1902 a house fire left six dead in Prosser Hollow, PA.
4/1/1895 Loring & Jones Tannery boiler explosion in Woburn, MA killed five a few minutes before 7:00 a.m.
4/1/1893 a 4:00 a.m. fire at the Higgins Hotel killed six and extended to the Higgins Cigar Factory; Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Station; J. Leroy building, and a grocery store were all destroyed in Bradford, PA.
4/1/1893 the Shamokin, PA Nelson Mine explosion killed ten around 7:00 a.m.
4/1/1892 a seven-story building collapsed during a severe storm killed seven in Chicago, IL at Halstead and Hearce Streets.