5/11/1985 a soccer stadium grandstand fire killed fifty-six in Bradford, England. Bradford was playing Lincoln City in the afternoon, near the end of the first half a fire broke out at one end of the main stands. Within minutes the fire spread up the wooden roof and quickly engulfed the fans underneath. “The official inquiry into the cause of the fire blamed an accumulation of garbage beneath the stands. Most likely, the fire was sparked by a cigarette. It quickly lit the old and dilapidated structure that the formerly struggling team had just found the money to replace.”
5/11/1984 an early evening fire in the “Haunted Castle” on the 200-acre Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson Township, New Jersey, an amusement facility, left eight of the 28 to 34 visitors and three employees dead. The one-story structure, comprised of 17 (8’ high by 8’ wide and 40’ long) commercial trailers connected by plywood and wood framing and plywood partitions interior created a convoluted path of travel approximately 450’ in length. Materials used in the interior included synthetic foam, various fabrics and plastics, plywood, and tar paper. There were seven exits, including the main entrance with no automatic detection or automatic fire sprinkler protection. The accidental fire started from the ignition of a wall-mounted, polyurethane foam pad by a cigarette lighter. “Interesting note: the statute that created the New Jersey Fire Safety Act, the enabling legislation creating the state fire code, was signed into law late in 1983 with a 180-days effective date waiting period. That waiting period expired, and the law became official the day before this fire.”
5/11/1896 a Staten Island, New York firefighter was crushed by chimney bricks. “A fire erupted on John Street in Elm Park around 3:25 pm. Two companies aimed their water hoses toward the roof of the house, both struck the brick chimney at the same time. The firefighter was walking away from the house the chimney collapsed and fell upon him. He was rushed to Staten Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
5/11/1913 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after having fallen from a ladder.
5/11/1918 a New Haven, CT firefighter succumbed to the injuries he sustained after being caught in a building collapse.
5/11/1927 a Dallas, TX firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained after he was caught in a gas explosion.
5/11/1939 an Ottumwa, Iowa firefighter died from complications from an injury sustained while fighting J. C. Penny’s fire.
5/11/1940 a Hartford, CT firefighter died from the injuries he sustained at Box 126.
5/11/1941 a New Britain, CT firefighter died after suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at Arch and Monroe Streets.
5/11/1996 a ValuJet (DC-9) plunged into Everglades near Miami, FL killing 109 onboard 12 miles north of Miami International Airport about 1:25 p.m.
5/11/1985 a booby trap bomb killed 86 people in India.
5/11/2010 four girls were killed in a manufactured home fire at 920 Felice Cut Off Road Ragley, LA around 10:30 p.m.
5/11/1916 a Bayonne, NJ historic hotel, the LaTourette at Bayonne Point, was destroyed by a fire that may have started from a defective electric wire.
5/11/1911 a Larksville, PA coal mine fire killed five in the Boston Mine of the Delaware & Hudson Coal Company.
5/11/1908 the Camp Crook, SD conflagration, a town of 400 on the Little Missouri River started.
5/11/1908 the Burton Lumber Yard fire on the Cooper River near the navy yard started around noon in Charleston, SC.
5/11/1907 the Alfalfa Mill in Norton, Kansas burned.
5/11/1907 a construction explosion killed nine in Altapass, NC
5/11/1752 the 1st U.S. fire insurance policy is issued in Philadelphia, PA.
5/11/1751 the 1st U.S. hospital was founded, Pennsylvania Hospital.