7/2/1858 a Buffalo, NY firefighter “died as a result of severe heat exhaustion suffered a few days earlier, while operating at a major lumberyard fire.”
7/2/1881 a Detroit, MI firefighter “suffocated while fighting the Davis fire on Jefferson Ave., when a wall collapsed on him.”
7/2/1940 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died after “Engine Company 46 was called to a small cafe fire at 4710 South Vermont Avenue. He was connecting a supply line to a nearby hydrant when he collapsed and died of a heart attack.”
7/2/1946 a Holbrook, AZ firefighter died from injuries he sustained while operating at the Holbrook Cleaners fire.
7/2/1961 an Albany, NY firefighter “was killed while operating at a three-alarm fire in a jewelry store.”
7/2/1963 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed while operating at a four-alarm fire in a vacant icehouse, when it suddenly collapsed.”
7/2/1964 a California Department of Forestry/CAL FIRE assigned to Don Pedro Lake, CA firefighter “died in a San Francisco hospital from the second and third degree burns he suffered while fighting a grass fire above the Don Pedro Reservoir ten days earlier.”
7/2/1977 a Fayetteville, PA firefighter was killed by a sniper. “After hearing an explosion in the woods surrounding their homes, two men went to investigate and found a cabin on fire. While approaching the burning building, a man opened fire on them with a rifle, killing one instantly. Upon arriving at the scene, the firefighter was met by the survivor. As he began to investigate the situation, he was also shot several times by rifle fire from the front of the house. Firefighters arriving on the first-due engine were also fired upon and two were wounded as they carried their mortally wounded colleague out of the area. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. After an eight-hour search of the wooded area by state and local police, the sniper surrendered. He was charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder.”
7/2/1994 lightning struck Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that ignited a fire that claimed the lives of fourteen firefighters on July 6th and burned for eight days; named the “South Canyon Fire.”
7/2/1993 Moslem fundamentalists in Sivas Turkey, set hotel on fire that killed thirty-six.
7/2/1928 New York City, NY a fireworks explosion injured six when “a Fourth of July arsenal, manufactured by a 17-year-old boy, exploded and spread smoke and flame through the tenement in which he lived.”
7/2/1918 Semet-Solvay Co. TNT plant fire killed fifty, Split Rock, NY.
7/2/1912 North Adams, MA business district was destroyed by fire; “the Empire Theatre, Wilson’s Hotel, the Empire Apartment House, and Sullivan Brothers’ furniture building were destroyed.”
7/2/1901 New York, NY lightning strikes an incomplete brick and stone apartment house on 95th Street near West End Avenue that caused a fire that extended to the Riverside Drive Hotel. Also St. Agnes Church Brooklyn was destroyed by a fire from lightning.
7/2/1901 Williams, Arizona “two entire blocks and a portion of another, comprising the entire business portion of this town, was entirely wiped out by fire.” “There was only a limited water supply and no fire department. No loss of life is reported.”
7/2/1889 a major portion of Hailey, ID was destroyed by fire that started around 1:30 a.m. in the Nevada Hotel on Main Street.