On 8/12/2015 in Tianjin, China over 173 people died and more than 700 were injured in fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals, including around 700 tons of sodium cyanide, shortly before midnight. “The massive twin blasts that rocked the chemical warehouse at the port city were also disastrous for the country’s firefighting unit, 104 firefighters were killed, 11 police officers, and 55 civilians. The eight persons who remained unaccounted for included five firefighters. It is unclear if the warehouse was storing materials in compliance with local requirements (including separation distances) or whether the codes were being ignored.”
On 8/12/1874 a Louisville, Kentucky firefighter “died while battling a fire at W.J. Ross and Sons.”
On 8/12/1924 a Buffalo, New York firefighter died while returning a fire extinguisher to service. “Engine 1 had extinguished a fire at the rear of the Lafayette Theater building shortly after 9:00 p.m. The firefighter noticed that one of the extinguishers was exhausted and he was assigned to take the extinguisher to Chemical Company 1 on The Terrace, where the chemical supplies were stored to refill it. While filling the extinguisher from a high-pressure tank of carbonic acid with the aid of a firefighter of Chemical Co. 1. The firefighter was standing over the extinguisher when suddenly the top blew sending a piece of steel into his forehead, and he was killed instantly. Further investigation found the gauge was plugged and was not reading the proper pressure.”
On 8/12/1929 a Seattle, Washington firefighter “died after being trapped at a fire.”
On 8/12/1950 a Wilmington, Delaware firefighter “died from the effects of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire at the Kind Fabric Co. on King Street.”
On 8/12/1984 a Newark, New Jersey firefighter died “while working on Engine 18 at a three-alarm high rise fire, he was operating on the fire floor when he became separated from the rest of the company.”
On 8/12/2002 a Clute, Texas firefighter “collapsed at the scene of a multi-department residential structure fire in Freeport. He was rushed to Brazosport Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
On 8/12/1984, a fire at the Forsyth Memorial Hospital located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina forced the evacuation and relocation of approximately 200 patients. The fire originated and was confined in a high voltage electrical feeder busway in the vicinity of a basement loading dock. Smoke spread to several upper floors of the hospital including operating suites, post-operative and critical care areas, and pediatric units. Smoke and the potential for exposure of oxygen and gas lines, and the loss of normal and emergency power and communications, precipitated the relocation and evacuation of patients and staff. The successful relocation and evacuation of patients were due to the prompt actions of the hospital trained in fire emergency procedures and the support of the fire department and emergency medical services.
On 8/12/1973 seven died in a house fire in North Caldwell, New Jersey. “The fire started in the area of the television room shortly after midnight, and although the flames were confined to that area, smoke filtered throughout the house.”
On 8/12/1953 six people died in a General Motors auto parts plant fire that suffers a massive loss in Livonia, Michigan at the Hydramatic transmission plant on Plymouth Road that is believed to have started when an oily rag was accidentally ignited by a welder’s torch. “This August 12th fire left the corporation and the three divisions that used this transmission plant scrambling for other sources of automatic transmissions to complete that year’s model year production.”
On 8/12/1927 the main old three-story building of State Teachers College in Chico, California was destroyed by fire after an explosion around 8:00 p.m.
On 8/12/1904 the Elgin, Illinois Fauber Manufacturing plant was gutted by a fire that “started in a pile of excelsior back of the brick vault on the second floor.”
On 8/12/1919 a three-story store was destroyed by a fire around 6:00 p.m. at 172 Whitehall Street Atlanta, Georgia
On 8/12/1883 the Kimball House (hotel) in Atlanta, Georgia was destroyed by fire around 8:00 a.m. that originated in the rear of the building. “Within twenty minutes the hotel was emptied of its guests and within one hour the structure was razed to the ground.”
On 8/12/1828 in New Orleans, Louisiana the Steamboat Grampus boiler exploded. “The boat had six boilers, all of which were blown to minute fragments.”
On 8/12/1939 the City of San Francisco, a streamlined passenger train, derailed while crossing a bridge near Carlin, Nevada, which killed 24 and injured 121.