4/12/1895 a Worcester, MA firefighter died while fighting a fire in “a four-story brick clothing factory that was fully involved. Fire fighting efforts were hampered by wire-laden telegraph poles around the building and high winds. The members of Truck 3 were moving a 65-foot Bangor ladder in the alleyway when the roof and sections of a wall collapsed on them. The firefighter was killed, and another firefighter was seriously injured.”
4/12/1916 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from internal injuries after having fallen off a ladder.”
4/12/1917 an Ashburnham, MA firefighter died while operating at a fire involving the Cushing Academy.
4/12/1917 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of inhaling poisonous gas while operating at a fire in a dye works factory.”
4/12/1917 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating at a four-alarm fire, he was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall.”
4/12/1957 a Piedomont, CA firefighter died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire.
4/12/1972 a Richmond, VA firefighter “was crushed to death when a quantity of water-soaked bales of cotton fell on him during a warehouse fire.”
4/12/2009 two Houston, TX firefighters died at a residential structure fire just after midnight. “Engine 26 was the first to arrive on the scene approximately 6 minutes after dispatch. They found a large residence with smoke showing. The two firefighters and another firefighter advanced an attack line to the interior of the structure. As the line was advanced, the third firefighter had to withdraw from the structure due to an issue with his protective clothing. Approximately 7 minutes after the arrival of Engine 26 on the scene, fire conditions changed rapidly, and firefighters exited the building. The IC declared a defensive strategy and apparatus air horns were sounded to announce the evacuation of the building. Firefighters realized that the two firefighters were missing. Firefighters used master streams and handlines to try to control the fire. Approximately 30 minutes after the switch to defensive strategy, firefighters were able to enter the structure and both firefighters were found. Both firefighters were removed to the front yard of the home and resuscitative efforts were made, to no avail. The cause of death was listed as thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. The Structure was a large, one-story, ranch-style structure at 7811 Oak Vista, in District. The fire went to a 2 alarm.”
4/12/2015 a Valley Springs, SD firefighter “died from injuries sustained while working interior fire operations at the scene of a residential structure fire. He was found in the basement of the home after fire crews were ordered out of the structure due to fire conditions. The 47-year-old homeowner, had been rescued by fire crews and transported to the hospital soon after they arrived on-scene but did not survive his injuries.”
4/12/2016 a Freeport, IL firefighter “passed away from injuries sustained from exposure to toxic substance while battling a house fire.”
4/12/2015 a mistake led to the deaths of four elderly Queens, NY residents after someone in the house absentmindedly left the car idling in the garage allowing exhaust fumes (carbon-monoxide) to fill the structure.
4/12/2014 Valparaiso, Chile wildland fire killed twelve, destroyed hundreds of homes, and forces thousands to evacuate.
4/12/1979 a fireworks factory fire killed thirty-two in Rawalpindi, Pakistan’
4/12/1911 Goldfield, Nevada the Merchants Hotel was destroyed by fire around 1:00 a.m. that extended to three adjoining buildings. “The fire was caused by throwing a glass of water into the stove to create steam to blow the soot from the stove pipe. An explosion resulted and the force unjointed the pipe in a room on the second floor. Through the aperture thus created hot coals were scattered over the carpet.”
4/12/1908 nearly half the city, 18 blocks, were destroyed in the 1st Great Chelsea (MA) fire (the 2nd conflagration occurs on 10/14/1973) that left twelve dead, eighty-five missing and presumed dead and more than 17,000 homeless that started at the Boston Blacking Company, a company that made shoes and shoe adhesives.
4/12/1861 the Civil War began when Confederates open fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay