4/5/1967 a day before a sprinkler system was to be installed a fire in a dorm at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) killed eight students and a professor in the two-story block building originally constructed as a motel in the ’50s. The fire originated in the furnace room. Heavy, black toxic smoke from vinyl and foam rubber upholstered furniture in the basement lounge filled the upper floors. “The Cornell Heights Residential Club housed some 50 gifted students who were enrolled in an experimental, accelerated six-year Ph.D. program. Two dozen female seniors and graduate students lived on the second floor. Three faculty counselors, a student adviser, and a cook also lived in the building.”
4/5/1923 a Hot Springs, AR firefighter was killed by falling debris while operating at a fire at the Arlington Hotel.
4/5/1935 a North Kansas City, MO firefighter was injured “in December 1934, while leading an interior attack on a house fire, a major explosion occurred. He sustained severe burns to his throat and lungs and died four months later as a result. Several other firefighters were also injured in the blast.”
4/5/1971 a Bridgewater Township, NJ firefighter “died in a New York hospital as a result of critical second and third-degree burns over most of his body sustained February 16th, when he was engulfed in a fireball after the gas tank of a burning car exploded.”
4/5/1975 a Paterson, NJ firefighter died “while making an interior attack on a general-alarm fire involving a church. He was killed, and five other firefighters were injured, when the roof collapsed into the building, pushing the walls out into the street.”
4/5/1976 a Raritan Township, NJ firefighter died while working “a minor brush fire that was started when a storm blew down a service line in a wooded area. As he entered the area to help fight the fire, he was electrocuted when he came in contact with the downed wire.”
4/5/1985 a Philadelphia, PA Firefighter “suffered a fatal heart attack while operating at a fire in a grain elevator.”