5/16/1896 a Chicago, IL firefighter was electrocuted at a fire.
5/16/1909 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a fire escape at 831 Arch Street.
5/16/1917 a Kansas City, KS firefighter “was killed when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire at the Drought Hay Company and the Kansas City Stockyards Company. It was believed the fire that destroyed the two warehouses was intentionally set. A second firefighter would also die of the injuries he sustained three days later.”
5/16/1968 an Atlanta, GA firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained May 1st, when he was sprayed with flaming gasoline after the gas tank of a burning taxicab exploded at 1630 Peachtree Street N.W.”
5/16/1976 four Philadelphia, PA firefighters were killed as a result of a basement fire and floor collapse at Barson’s Deli at Bustleton and Castor Avenues.
5/16/2020 twelve firefighters were injured after an explosion and fire in downtown Los Angeles, California. “Twelve firefighters were injured in a fire and explosion in the Toy District of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday evening. Three firefighters were discharged and eight remain hospitalized the day after the fire. The incident began with a fire that was first reported around 6:26 p.m. As firefighters were responding to the blaze inside the building at 327 East Boyd Street, the site of a butane honey oil supplier called Smoke Tokes, there was a “significant explosion.” “After the explosion, the fire intensified and it shot out 30 feet like a blowtorch right in the path of egress.” The injured firefighters were transported to County USC Medical Center to be treated for burn injuries and smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were initially put on ventilators and four were sent to the intensive care unit for burns.
5/16/2009 a Shell Knob, MO mobile home fire killed a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman, and her three children ages three, two, and seven months.
5/16/1938 a pre-dawn fire at the Terminal Hotel killed thirty-eight on Spring Street in downtown Atlanta, GA. The fire started in the basement of the five-story brick and frame building about 3:00 a.m. the “$1.00 and up a day hotel” was the home to many railroad men downtown.