4/10/1882 a Cleveland, OH firefighter died as a result of inhaling sulfuric acid fumes while operating at a fire.
4/10/1904 a Galesburg, IL firefighter died “while fighting a fire that destroyed Galesburg High School. He was killed when the east wall of the school collapsed as he and two other firefighters were aiming a hose into the third floor of the burning structure. Although the school was a total loss, firefighters successfully contained the flames and protected nearby Knox College and a women’s seminary.”
4/10/1914 a Lafayette, IN firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire at the Dreyfus Theatre, he went under a canopy to secure a hoseline. As he was doing so, a wall collapsed onto the canopy crushing him. He was removed but died approximately two hours later.”
4/10/1924 a Manhattan, NY (FDNY) firefighter Fireman Connolly died “as a result of injuries sustained the previous day, when he fell five floors down a shaft while operating at a three-alarm fire.”
4/10/1927 a Saint Paul, MN firefighter died while “fighting a fire on the 2nd floor at the Ramsey County Preventorium when the roof collapsed. He died from burns and injuries suffered after jumping through a 2nd floor window to escape the flames.”
4/10/1934 a Bronx, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire.
4/10/1945 an Independence, NJ firefighter “lost his life while trying to rescue a child during a mutual aid in a single-family dwelling fire located at 905 Thomas Avenue in Cinnaminson Township.”
4/10/1983 a Yonkers, NY firefighter died from asphyxiation at a structure fire at the Crest Manor Apartment’s located on 377 North Broadway. “While conducting a search for occupants on the 6th floor, he eventually ran out of air, and was forced to “buddy breathe” with a member of his crew. Despite all efforts, the two men became separated in the thick smoke while trying to evacuate, and the firefighter fell unconscious inside the building. He died shortly after he was located.”
4/10/1998 two Albert City, IA firefighters died after they were called for a tank on fire at a turkey farm. “Firefighters found flames shooting from the relief valve on the top of an 18,000-gallon propane tank. After only eight minutes, flames began to show from the bottom of the tank, and everyone started to leave the immediate area. Suddenly, the tank erupted in a massive explosion, flattening everyone near it. The two firefighters were killed instantly in the blast. Five other firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy were injured by the blast. The explosion also destroyed and/or heavily damaged four barns on the property.”
4/10/1965 Linda Darnell, an American film actress, died from burns she received in a house fire in Glenview, Illinois, early the day before. “She had been staying at the home of her former secretary and former agent. She was trapped on the second floor of the home by heat and smoke, as the fire had started in the living room. Darnell’s secretary stood on the window ledge, calling for help. She had lost track of Darnell and insisted the firefighters rescue her before she was taken from the window ledge. Darnell was found next to the burning living room sofa; she was transferred to the burn unit at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital with burns to 80% of her body.”
4/10/1917 Eddystone Ammunition Company explosion killed 133 in Eddystone, PA; 1,000 girls worked at their ammunition plant filling shells with gunpowder for the Russian army after President Wilson asked Congress to declare war April 6, 1917. It is rumored that Leon Trotsky ordered the plant sabotaged to prevent the shells from reaching the new democratic Russian government.
4/10/1845 Pittsburgh, PA conflagration a destroyed eleven-hundred houses after a fire broke out on the southeast corner of Ferry and Second Streets.
4/10/1834 a fire at the LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans, LA leads to the discovery of a torture chamber where slaves were brutalized.
4/10/2014 ten people were killed, and dozens injured when a chartered bus collided with a truck and burst into flames in Northern California near the town of Orland.
4/10/1992 a bus bombing in Sri Lanka killed twenty-five.