On 6/28/1980 a fire that was discovered at 2:43 a.m. in Underground Atlanta burned for more than six hours damaging several businesses and an abandoned hotel. The fire was brought under control by more than 100 firefighters around 9:00 a.m. One firefighter was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. “The buildings comprising Underground Atlanta were constructed during the city’s post-Civil War Reconstruction Era boom, between 1866 and 1871, when the city’s population doubled from 11,000 to 22,000 residents. Underground Atlanta is home to retail stores, restaurants, and several nightclubs and bars in Kenny’s Alley… The fire was discovered when a waitress at Club Caraibe, a nightclub in the subterranean complex of nightspots and specialty shops, smelled smoke. The owner said she and her husband then saw smoke pouring from the ceiling of the nightclub. She believed the fire started in a restaurant on the floor above her club, she said. Customers at the Club Caraibe were evacuated without panic. No flames could be seen at street level at first, but dense smoke poured from several entrances of the underground complex. Later, flames could be seen shooting from the old Jefferson Hotel’s third and fourth floors. Atlanta Fire Bureau Director said damage estimates were unavailable, but he added, “The building probably will be condemned by the building department.” Many shops and restaurants in the complex are on the bottom two floors of the Jefferson Hotel building. The Club Caraibe owner said both her nightclub and the adjacent Castel d’Haiti, which she also owns with her husband, were damaged. Other businesses which appeared damaged included the Hideaway Club, the Tutti-Fruitti Restaurant, a T-shirt shop, and another restaurant, according to a maintenance man at Dante’s Down-The-Hatch restaurant.”
On 6/28/1959 in a train derailment, the head (end) of an LP-gas rail tank car was penetrated by a coupler of the car behind it resulting in a tank rupture emitting Liquefied Petroleum Gas that ignited and exploded killing twenty-three in Meldrim, Georgia. “The accident was caused by deflection of the rails under the moving train as a result of excessive compression due to longitudinal movement of the rails on the trestle and expansion, this movement being restricted by the securely anchored rails at the end of the trestle. A flash fire resulted from the ignition of gas entitled from the ruptured tank of one of the derailed cars. Separations occurred at both ends of the 109th to the 121st cars, inclusive. The 113th and the 114th cars were tank cars loaded with Liquified Petroleum Gas and as they fell from the trestle to the ground the coupler of the 114th car penetrated the tank head of the 113th car. The Liquified Petroleum Gas was emitted as a gas from the ruptured tank head of the 113th car and blanketed the surrounding area. The gas was ignited from an unknown source which produced a flash fire extending over the surrounding area for a distance of 500 feet east and about 525 feet west of the east end of the trestle and about 400 feet north of the track. A subsequent fire resulted from the flash fire, igniting the derailed equipment, destroying the trestle east of the collapsed portion, and damaging 375 feet of the trestle immediately west of the collapsed portion. The tank and the contents of the 114th car were heated by the fire and the lading expanded increasing the pressure in the tank until it was released by the safety valve. The gas emitted from the safety valve was immediately ignited. Ten of the derailed cars were destroyed, 4 were heavily damaged, and 4 were somewhat damaged…Twenty-three persons who were bathing or picnicking in an area adjacent to the trestle were killed or died from injuries received as a result of the fire. The flagman of No. 82 and 6 other persons were injured as a result of the fire.”
On 6/28/1873 the Howard Building (a.k.a. Phoenix Building) in Providence, Rhode Island was damaged by two incendiary fires simultaneously set. Police extinguished one, “but the other, in the fifth story, gained some headway. The fire was confined to the upper part, but the whole of the great building was drenched with water.” Three firefighters were injured, one seriously.
On 6/28/1886 a Springfield, Ohio “died recovering from injuries sustained at a fire at J Funk Keys Grocery (South side of Main Street at Fisher) on May 29, 1886. He fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor and suffered a compound fracture of his right leg below the knee. He was the captain of hook and ladder wagon.”
On 6/28/1896 an Augusta, Georgia firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a warehouse fire.”
On 6/28/1910 the Paterson, New Jersey conflagration started. Five firefighters were injured by falling walls as the fire traveled on Main Street, from Ward to Market Street.
On 6/28/1934 a Denver, Colorado firefighter died from injuries he received on June 20, at a building fire (421 Williams Street). While fighting the fire, the firefighter of Engine Company 16 collapsed from smoke inhalation and was revived at the scene by fellow firefighters. He was taken to his home where his condition worsened. He was later taken to Saint Luke’s Hospital. His condition became critical after developing pneumonia.”
On 6/28/1960 a San Diego, California firefighter died while operating at a fire.
On 6/28/1994 a Rusk, Texas firefighter died after he responded to a house fire. “After the fire was knocked down, he entered the structure to assist with overhaul operations in the area of origin. He was not wearing turnout gear or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). After several minutes, he left the structure and collapsed in cardiac arrest. The fire had burned several hundred plastic video cassette tapes which gave off toxic gases. His death was attributed to a heart attack caused by inhalation of toxic gas; no autopsy was performed.”
On 6/28/1982 a predawn Portales, New Mexico home explosion and fire killed five people, four of them children. “A Gas Company crew on Monday was digging up a three-inch gas main that runs across the street from the Jones home.”
On 6/28/1909 the Boston, Massachusetts Forest Hills District conflagration “destroyed three three-story wooden blocks, the property including the Forest Hills Hotel which had 400 guests.”
On 6/28/1899 the fireworks emporium of Heyer Brothers in Boston, Massachusetts fire killed five people and injured two. “The fire started in the back part of the lower floor, among the fireworks. This room, as well as the three floors above, was stocked with a miscellaneous assortment of fireworks destined for the Fourth of July trade. There were firecrackers, large and small, bombs, Roman candles, rockets, and torpedoes, together with a large stock of banners, flags, uniforms, torches, etc.”
On 6/28/1893 the Augusta, Michigan conflagration “destroyed all the buildings on both sides of the Main Street, from the depot as far as the park.”
On 6/28/1886 the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas was damaged by fire. “It is supposed to have been caused by mice eating party matches, a box was in Mr. Zackry’s desk.”
On 6/28/1877 fourteen died, and over ninety were injured in Saint John, New Brunswick conflagration.
On 6/28/1870 the Providence, Rhode Island Dorrance Street Dock fire “destroyed the coal elevator, sheds, and considerable stock.”
On 6/28/1870 an oil fire destroyed over 20,000 barrels after a lightning strike near the Sharpsburg Bridge, in the Eighteenth Ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania around 3:00 p.m.
On 6/28/1896 the Pittston, Pennsylvania mine roof collapsed killing nine.
On 6/28/1969 Stonewall riots in New York City started the gay rights movement. “The Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets, and nearby Christopher Park.