4/6/1990 at 3:08 a.m. a fire in the lobby of the Fontana Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida spread smoke to the second and third stories through a utility shaft, normal cracks and voids in the structure that resulted in the deaths of nine patrons and extensive damage to the building. The fire originated in a crawl space above a storage room that extended to combustible ceiling tiles and other combustible materials in a lobby area. First-in fire units found the lobby area heavily involved. “More than 90 percent of the building population survived; some observers suggest that retroactive application of the Life Safety Code® contributed to the large number of survivors in this fire.” “This is especially remarkable when the general construction of the building, advanced age of the majority of guests, and the time of alarm are considered. Well-constructed stair towers contributed to the evacuation of guests in the building.”
4/6/1904 three York, PA (Vigilant Fire Company) firefighters died “while operating at a major fire involving a carriage works, they were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall.”
4/6/1912 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of severe head injuries sustained April 3rd, when he and three other firefighters were blown off a second-floor fire escape by a backdraft while operating at a three-alarm factory fire.”
4/6/1940 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died in a confined space rescue attempt. “The firefighter responded with Rescue 66 to 128th at Figueroa where two young men had been overcome by gas fumes in a gas trap. Without consideration of personal risk, he at once donned a gas mask and descended into the pit. He became fouled in the pipes in the pit and was overcome by the fumes. A firefighter, in charge of Rescue 66, immediately put on the other mask and went in and dislodged his body from the pipes so it could be taken to the surface. All efforts to revive him failed.”
4/6/1955 two Chicago, IL “firefighters died during a 2-11 commercial fire on Madison Street. They were both overcome by smoke in a rear storeroom of a Walgreens Drugstore. They were transported to Presbyterian Hospital and were both pronounced dead on arrival.”
4/6/1961 a Kern County, CA firefighter “died from burns he sustained while battling a blaze in a house fire.”
4/6/1999 two Morehead, Kentucky firefighters died while operating at a wildland fire in the Daniel Boone National Forest near Cranston, Kentucky. “They were part of a seven-person team that was constructing a fire line in hardwood leaf litter on the forest floor. They were using a rake and a gasoline powered leaf blower to construct the line, they were in the lead. As the fire line was being constructed, spot fires were breaking over the fire line and several members of the team doubled back to control the spot fires. The two firefighters continued to construct fire line. The fire was growing in intensity and the wind was picking-up. The crew leader gave the order for all firefighters to pull back. They acknowledged the order and indicated that they would pull back. Shortly, another radio transmission was received from indicating that they were burned, or on fire. Evidence suggests that the two tried to outrun the fire uphill but were slowed by terrain. It appeared as if the firefighters attempted to run back through the fire to reach the burned area. At some point, they succumbed to the flames and collapsed. The cause of death for both firefighters was listed as asphyxia due to environmental oxygen deprivation, smoke inhalation, and acute carbon monoxide poisoning. Neither firefighter was equipped with a fire shelter.”
4/6/2010 two Hampshire, UK firefighters “died from exposure to intense heat as they fought what began as a minor flat fire on the ninth floor of the tower block in Church Street, Shirley. The fire started due to a curtain being left hanging over a light fitting and how the residents tried to tackle the fire with a bottle of Dr. Pepper. As two teams made first access to the burning flat, they were caught in a “sudden massive escalation and trapped. Two other firefighters were “just about able” to exit the flat despite being in “pain and physical distress”. The conditions were so bad that it took a further three quarters of an hour before the two St Mary’s Red Watch firefighters were found unconscious on the floor.”
4/6/2013 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died as part a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) company at a 3-alarm structure fire. “Upon their arrival on the scene, he and his crew staged their equipment near the command post. The Incident Commander (IC) placed Ladder 27 in service and ordered the team to the roof of an adjacent structure to perform ventilation functions. He reported heavy smoke conditions in the exposure. As he approached the adjacent roof, he fell approximately 20 feet onto the roof of the fire building and then later fell through the roof into the fire building. Other firefighters reported his fall. A rescue operation was begun immediately. Firefighters breached a brick wall to gain access to his location. He was removed from the structure and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
4/6/1944 a Wichita, Kansas firefighter “lost his life when he was shot while making a fire inspection. A detective said firefighter and an Assistant had gone to a tailoring shop to order the man to eliminate fire hazards. The Tailor had shot at both firefighters, and then shot himself through the head.”
4/6/1970 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died after becoming ill while conducting a routine fire inspection.”
4/6/2015 a four-alarm fire destroyed or damaged dozens of small businesses at the Jacksonville, FL Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market off Interstate 95 that started around 10:17 p.m.
4/6/1968 Marting Arms sporting goods store explosion and fire killed forty-one in Richmond, IN. Flames damaged five other buildings. Gunpowder apparently exploded in the basement of the sporting goods store.
4/6/1938 Center Hotel fire in Chicago, IL left seven dead. “Trapped as they slept, seven men perished early today when fire swept through the upper floors of a low rate men’s hotel in an impoverished section, ten blocks west of the
4/6/1929 the Kirkwood Hotel fire in Des Moines, IA killed five and hospitalized twelve of the 125 to 150 occupants shortly after 3:00 a.m. “Constructed before the civil war, the hotel at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets was one of the oldest in the state.”
4/6/1907 one patient died in a fire at the South Windham, CT Grand View Sanitarium in a “three-story frame structure, formerly used as a summer hotel, but of late years conducted as a private hotel, for dipsomaniacs. There were sixteen patients in the house and several of them had to be removed by force.”
4/6/1896 a fire at the Washburg & Moen Manufacturing Company’s plant in the Quinsigamond village of Worcester, MA leaves 200 unemployed.
4/6/1891 Albany, NY Telephone Exchange fire started around 12:55 p.m. on the fifth-floor of the block between 467 and 472 Broadway; “flames broke through the roof and front of the building.”