7/24/1931 the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for Aged six-alarm fire killed forty-eight of the 250 occupants in Pittsburgh, PA. Most who died were aged and infirmed patients of the home located on the corner of South Aiken and Penn Avenues, in the East End District. The fire started in the lower part of the building near the morgue and quickly spread through the home. When the fire started there were about 250 people, about evenly divided between men and women in the home. Flames quickly spread through the building; many aged persons could be seen standing at windows screaming for help. Nuns and Brothers of a religious order aided the firefighters in the work of rescue. After a four-hour fight, the fire was brought under control, and rescue parties entered the smoldering ruins to search for bodies. Six of the missing were volunteer rescue workers who entered the building in search of bodies. “213 men and women, all over sixty years of age lived in the Little Sisters of the Poor Home. The fire started at 10:00 p.m. Combustible materials in the basement were ignited. The six-alarm fire brought twenty-two companies of firefighters to the site and several passersby who performed heroic rescues. Killed were 48 residents; all of the survivors were injured.”
7/24/1872 a Jersey City, NJ firefighter died while fighting a fire “that destroyed the Erie Railroad Repair Shops Building at Provost and 12th Streets. He was operating the steam pumper when he suffered fatal injuries after a wall collapsed on him.”
7/24/1906 a Peoria, IL firefighter died while fighting a fire at the Central Livery Stable on South Madison Street between Main and Fulton Streets. While paused for a moment just inside the second-floor doorway, suddenly the charred props to the ceiling gave way. The attic floor collapsed, sending a large mass of burning wreckage down on four firefighters. Two managed to jump to safety. Two, however, were caught and buried under blazing bales of hay. Firefighters sprang to the rescue of their stricken comrades. Ten minutes passed before the men were finally removed from the suffocating mass. One died a short time later at the hospital.”
7/24/1937 a Little Rock, AR firefighter died at a major fire that destroyed three houses, a church, and a grocery store. After a long and hard battle, firefighters finally got the blaze under control. During the overhauling operation, the firefighter was working in the rear of one of the charred buildings when he came in contact with live wires and was electrocuted.”
7/24/1953 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at 472-74 3rd Street.”
7/24/1955 a Bedford Stuyvesant/Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “from asphyxiation and smoke inhalation injuries received at Box 874 Ralph Avenue and Jefferson Avenue while working at a fire on February 16, 1954.”
7/24/2010 two Bridgeport, CT firefighters died at a residential structure fire. “Units were dispatched at 3:49 p.m. to respond to a residential structure fire. Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters found an active fire on the second floor of the residence. The two firefighters were assigned to go to the third floor of the building to look for fire extension and to search for victims. Both men proceeded to the third floor as assigned. Both firefighters were wearing full structural protective clothing, including SCBAs. When they arrived on the third floor, they reported stable conditions by radio to the Incident Commander (IC) and requested a hoseline be brought to the floor. A few moments later, the IC observed smoke coming from the third floor and attempted to contact the team on the third floor by radio to no avail. The IC ordered an evacuation of the building by all firefighters to account for everyone on the scene. In the process of the evacuation, firefighters were observed on the third floor in distress. The RIT was deployed to the third floor for rescue. Both firefighters were found unconscious and brought to the exterior of the building. Firefighters and emergency responders immediately began to provide medical treatment for both firefighters. The fire, on one of the hottest days that summer, sent five other firefighters to area hospitals.”
7/24/1947 a West Frankfort, IL coal mine explosion killed twenty-seven miners.
7/24/1905 a huge oil field fire killed as many as sixty when 3,000,000 barrels of oil burned near Humble, TX.
7/24/1898 a car barn fire on Frankstown Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA around midnight destroyed forty-eight motor and passenger cars stored on the second floor of the building.
7/24/1890 the Earlville, NY Opera House Block fire.
7/24/2013 a high-speed train traveling between the capital, Madrid, Spain, and the northwestern city of Ferrol derailed killing seventy-nine people while leaving some 140 injured. Overshadowing the biggest day for Spain’s Santiago de Compostela; a fire started inside the train immediately after the impact.
7/24/1930 an Omaha, NE amusement park accident killed seven and injured sixteen after a four-car roller-coaster derailed over the edge of a 35-foot incline at Krug Park.
7/24/1906 a South Framingham, MA building collapse killed ten people and injured eight. “The town has no building laws and any proceedings against a contractor or other persons in connection with faulty construction will have to be on another charge and any action will have to be brought by state officials instead of the local authorities.”