7/28/2011 a standpipe failure led to the death of a firefighter and injured nine others at the Biltmore Center, 445 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville NC. A six-floor (80’ tall) non-combustible office building which had passed a required inspection in April and passed several post-fire tests. Investigators determined someone with a passkey set the fire by pouring fuel in four spots inside a fifth-floor suite. The four-alarm fire started about 12:30 p.m. while the building was occupied with more than 200 occupants who were able to escape.
7/28/1907 a Memphis, TN firefighter died “during the early stages of a major fire involving several commercial concerns, he was killed when he plunged more than 20 feet into an excavation below the buildings, after falling through a grating while running in an alleyway.”
7/28/1914 a firefighter was killed and two were injured at the Concord, NH State Prison fire during a collapse.
7/28/1937 a Boston, Massachusetts firefighter “died from injuries received on July 23, 1937. He suffered from the inhalation of smoke and gas at a fire at 68 Ormond Street, Dorchester, Box 354.”
7/28/1961 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961. As a result of the accident that cost several lives, a bill was passed to prevent tandem trailers from carrying gasoline. As a result of this incident, four firefighters would die.”
7/28/1975 an Ogallala, NE firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after being crushed by falling material while fighting a boxcar fire. He was attempting to open a door on the boxcar that had been loaded with particleboard when it fell on him.”
7/28/2018 a mother and five children were killed in a Michigan motel fire near Benton Harbor. The fire started around 1:45 a.m. in a room on the first floor of the Cosmo Extended Living motel. Firefighters found the woman and the children unresponsive on the second floor of the motel. After attempting CPR, paramedics transported them to Lakeland Medical Center where the victims passed away.
7/28/1945 a B-25, a US military plane, crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in heavy fog that killed fourteen. The jet fuel exploded, filling the interior of the building with flames down to the 75th floor.
7/28/1943 a British bombing raid on Hamburg virtually sets the city on fire, killing about 42,000.
7/28/1903 a large four-story market house was destroyed by fire on Eighth Street in Wilmington, DE
7/28/1854 a dwelling fire claimed four lives in Chicopee, MA around 1:00 a.m. The house was occupied by two families.