4/14/1857 “A fire, starting in a row of five-story brick warehouses, in Baltimore, MD, quickly engulfed the entire row of buildings. Despite the heroic efforts of firefighters to stop the spread of the flames, the fire continued around the corner and engulfed a complex of four-story brick warehouses. The entire block was destroyed. As the fire raged out of control, a group of men attempted to enter one of the burning buildings with the intent of stealing boxes of cigars. Firefighters warned them several times to leave the building, but the warnings went unheeded. Suddenly, a wall collapsed into the building, burying twelve of the men and several firefighters under tons of rubble. Immediate rescue efforts were launched, and five firefighters were removed from the debris. One firefighter was critically injured and died after being taken to the Mechanical Fire Company quarters. Another of the injured men, a firefighter, died the next day. After hours of arduous digging, the bodies of the twelve dead civilians were located, one by one, several still clutching boxes of cigars.”
4/14/1874 a Cambridge, MA firefighter died while performing duties on top of a house, he was killed when he fell from the roof and suffered critical spinal cord injuries.
4/14/1901 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of the severe smoke inhalation he suffered the previous day while operating at a fire.
4/14/1904 a Paris, Ontario, Canada firefighter was killed in the line of duty. “He was operating a hose line at the Alabasine Company. The Fire was in a three story well involved building, and without warning the smokestack came crashing down and hit him in the head, killing him instantly.”
4/14/1912 a Waterbury, CT firefighter died from the injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in the attic of the firehouse.
4/14/1957 a Boston, MA firefighter was overcome by the heavy smoke while searching for victims during a fire in a dwelling house at 6 Milton Street, West End, Box 1347, (Charles & Poplar Streets.). He died soon after.
4/14/1965 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating at a single alarm fire, he suffered severe smoke inhalation and died as a result.
4/14/1977 a Cherry Hill, New Jersey firefighter died at a race track clubhouse fire. “Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke pushing from the second, third, and fourth-floors of a race track clubhouse with heavy smoke showing from the eaves of the entire 1,500-foot length of the grandstand. Additional alarms were struck, and firefighters were forced to abandon positions, as the 90-foot-high, 600-foot-wide, and 1,500-foot-long, frame grandstand became a sea of flame. Firefighters were forced into a defensive mode and had to cover exposures against the intense radiant heat being generated by the six-alarm inferno. It took firefighters over two hours to control the raging fire. Over 700 firefighters, manning 60 engines, 16 trucks, and 28 rescue vehicles responded to the fire. Included in this response were four engines and a snorkel from Philadelphia. This was the first time in 37 years that mutual aid was sent from Philadelphia to New Jersey. Out of the 12,000 patrons that were evacuated from the track, 21 were treated for various injuries and another patron, and a track worker, were missing and presumed dead. The firefighter died in his car as he arrived on the scene.
4/14/2014 suspected Islamic militants killed at least seventy-two people and wounded one hundred sixty-four in a bus station bombing during rush-hour in Abuja, Nigeria.
4/14/1944 a harbor explosion killed 700 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India when the SS Fort Stikine carrying a cargo of cotton bales, gold, ammunition including around 1,400 tons of explosive caught fire followed by two giant explosions.
4/14/1948 fifteen of the thirty buildings in the business district of Laramie, WY were damaged by fire around 2:00 a.m. the National Guard and the Wyoming University ROTC students were pressed into service to prevent looting.
4/14/1909 Asheville, NC the Kenilworth Inn was destroyed by fire just after 2:00 a.m. all seventy-five guests escaped.
4/14/1895 a Fargo, ND house fire left five dead, including three young children.
4/14/1872 several downtown businesses and residence were destroyed Perrysburg, Ohio around 3:00 a.m. by fire.
4/14/1912 RMS Titanic hits iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinks, more than 1,500 died. A fire may have contributed to the tragedy. It is believed that when the ship left port there was a fire burning in one of the coal bunkers. The Captain, fearing fuel supplies may run low, steamed at full speed despite warnings of icebergs. The hull may have been weakened by the fire. Steel loses strength when exposed to heat above 400oF.
4/14/1865 President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC