4/27/1865 the SS Sultana boiler explosion and fire killed 1,547 in the Mississippi River just north of Memphis, Tennessee, many of the victims were soldiers from the confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. The 260’ boat was authorized to carry 376 passengers and crew, when the Sultana left Vicksburg, it carried 2,100 troops and 200 civilians.
4/27/1870 a Richmond, Virginia firefighter died “while operating at the State Capitol disaster when a balcony collapsed.”
4/27/1904 three New York, New York (FDNY) firefighters were killed in a four-alarm fire that destroyed the five-story John Stanley Soap Works on West Thirtieth Street about 3:30 a.m. “A five-story story brick soap factory was heavily involved in fire upon the arrival of firefighters. The fire quickly engulfed the adjacent four and two-story brick buildings on either side and then extended to a box and lumber firm. A total of seventeen engines, five ladders, two fireboats, and a water tower operated at the five-alarm fire. The three firefighters were wetting down the ruins when a wall collapsed on top of them. One firefighter, still standing upright, was buried up to his eyes in debris. He was dug out and taken to the hospital with a fractured skull and a broken back. He died just about the time that the other two men were dug out, over ten hours later.”
4/27/1913 a Memphis, Tennessee firefighter “died as a result of lockjaw that had set in from head and ankle injuries sustained April 20th, when he was caught in the collapse of a porch while operating at a dwelling fire.”
4/27/1915 a Trenton, New Jersey firefighter was crushed to death when he was caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a fire.
4/27/1924 a Lowell, MA firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after he had fallen from the aerial ladder while operating at a fire.”
4/27/1928 two Paterson, NJ firefighters were killed while operating at a three-alarm fire involving a department store.
4/27/1929 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire in a warehouse at 28 North Des Plaines Street. He was operating on the third floor of the warehouse when the fourth floor collapsed and buried under dozens of 100-pound sacks of sugar that fell to the third floor. It took other firefighters more than ten minutes to rescue him. He was transported to Washington Boulevard Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
4/27/1950 an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma firefighter died from blunt trauma after a wall fell and killed him as he fought a fire in a Lumber Yard
4/27/1971 a Fort Wainwright, Alaska firefighter died while fighting an apartment fire. “When he arrived at the scene, he was confronted by neighbors of the fire victims and screams of “save my baby”, by the mother of a child that was trapped inside the burning apartment. Immediately, he donned his protective breathing apparatus, without waiting for a hose line, dashed through the back door of the dense, smoke-filled, and extremely hot apartment to attempt to rescue the child. He proceeded upstairs and was able to search the two bedrooms before the intense heat and smoke almost overpowered him. Seeking to escape, he returned to the first-floor apartment. The firefighter was caught in an unexpected backflash and his protective clothing was ignited. He directed firefighters working at a window to his location in the inferno to spray water on him and was able to get through a broken window where he was assisted to safety. He was taken to Basset Army Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in a few hours.”
4/27/1981 a Kansas City, Missouri firefighter was trapped in a fire and died of his injuries.
4/27/2009 a woman died, and a young boy was critically injured when a hyperbaric oxygen chamber exploded in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL at the Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center, a private medical clinic.
4/27/1998 at approximately 11:00 p.m. in Arlington, Washington an incendiary fire in an occupied board and care facility killed eight of the building’s thirty-two residents, who were mentally challenged and had varying degrees of physical handicaps, in the two-story, wood-frame structure originally built as a hospital in 1908 and was not equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system. The fire started in a first-floor room occupied by three women and extended from the room of origin, through the open door, into the first-floor corridor and spread to the adjacent interior stairway to the second floor where the door had been blocked open by a 10-pound block, which allowed the movement of the smoke and fire to the second level.
4/27/1931 Eastport, NY the two-story wood school building was heavily damaged by fire.
4/27/1915 the Detroit-Belle Isle, MI Bridge was destroyed by fire resulting from a hot tar wagon.
4/27/1903 the town of Kimball, WI was destroyed by a forest fire.
4/27/1892 the Grand Central Theater in Philadelphia, PA was destroyed by fire and left more than fifty injured, many of them fatally. The fire extended to a massive eight-story annex building occupied by the Times.
4/27/1838 a fire destroyed half of Charleston, SC after extending from a paint store, on the western side of King Street.
4/27/1860 near Memphis, TN the Steamer A. T. Lacy fire left thirteen dead.