On 8/13/1945 a fire in a box factory in Detroit, Michigan killed fourteen and injured fifty-two people. “The blaze broke out as the 180 employees, mostly women, were in the midst of a rest period and were listening to a jukebox. Disbelieving a shout of fire from the first floor of the two-story factory building, the workers continued to listen to the blaring of the mechanical player until flames began licking the stairway. Then came a rush for doors and windows. Most of the victims, seared by flames or maddened by the intense heat, died after leaping from second-story windows and crashing on the sidewalk of one of Detroit’s most heavily traveled streets. Most of the dead were so badly burned that identification was impossible. The sudden fire, sweeping through a Detroit boxing factory brought death to 11 women and two men and injuries to 52 other persons, several of whom are not expected to live. The fire turned the plant of the Export Box and Sealer Company at Grand River Avenue and Fifteenth Street into an inferno in a few seconds. The exact cause of the fire had not been determined. Some of those who escaped from the first floor where the blaze started said it followed an explosion. Others asserted they heard no explosion. The Fire Marshal said the plant which was engaged in boxing war materials, including replacement parts for tanks and aircraft for shipment overseas, was closed in April after an investigation disclosed several fire hazards. It was allowed to reopen, he said after a later check showed fire department regulations had been complied with. He declined to venture an immediate opinion as to the cause of the fire. He said he had been told that it might have resulted from inflammable material leaking from a recently repaired degreasing tank. Another theory was advanced by an ordnance department inspector who said he believed it resulted from the pouring of cold oil-corrosion fluid into a hot tank. He was in the plant at the time and said he saw flames break out under one of the tanks on the first floor.”
On 8/13/1853 a Boston, Massachusetts firefighter died from injuries he received “on March 31, 1852, in a collapse of a wall at the Tremont Temple on 88 Tremont Street. He later died on August 13, 1853, of the injuries he sustained.”
On 8/13/1884 two Boston, Massachusetts firefighters “were burned to death when the roof collapsed, and they fell into the inferno at 108-112 Beech Street, downtown (the “Old Beech Street Markey”). Three alarms were sounded from Box 54 (Oxford & Beech Streets).”
On 8/13/1913 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died while operating at a four-alarm fire.”
On 8/13/1938 a Los Angeles, California firefighter “died at a fire in the Western Candy Box factory on East Sixty-Third Street. While helping lead a hose to the top of a forty-foot ladder, the sudden pressure of water toppled him to the ground. He died on the way to the hospital.”
On 8/13/1952 a Dubuque, Iowa firefighter “died after being overcome by smoke and suffering a heart attack at the Hub Clothiers fire.”
On 8/13/1963 four Cleveland, Ohio “firefighters were killed at the scene when the Avis Rent-A-Truck Garage at 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E. exploded. Many more were also injured. The explosion was due to a leaking propane truck that was parked inside the garage. One firefighter died from burns from the explosion almost two weeks later on September 1, 1963.”
On 8/13/1980 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) “firefighter died while operating at a three-alarm fire when he was caught in the collapse of the fire building.”
On 8/13/2001 a Niagara Falls, New York firefighter died after “a lightning strike caused a fire in a three-story apartment complex for the elderly. He and members of his department responded. He initially assisted with the evacuation of the building and then joined firefighting efforts. About an hour into the incident, during overhaul operations on the third floor, he collapsed.”
On 8/13/2006 a Green Bay, Wisconsin firefighter “fell through the floor down into the burning basement when he and his partner entered a home to fight a fire. He died from his injuries.”
On 8/13/2007 a Topeka, Kansas firefighter died when he “and other firefighters were working on the scene of a 2-story apartment building fire amid nearly 100-degree heat. The firefighter collapsed after leaving the building to rehab. His death was caused by a heart attack.”
On 8/13/2011 a Jackson, Mississippi 28-year-old woman and her four children, ages two, three, five, and seven years old were killed in an apartment fire.
On 8/12/2009 in Mattawa, Washington, near Spokane, a mother, and her two young children were killed in a home fire.
On 8/13/1925 five buildings were destroyed by fire in the Goliad, Texas Courthouse Square. The fire started in the cleaning and pressing shop when a boiler exploded.
On 8/13/1909 the Milton, Delaware conflagration began, and almost the entire town was destroyed by the fire.
On 8/13/1904 a wildfire in Camborne, British Columbia causes the evacuation of several prospectors.
On 8/13/1886 a wildfire destroyed the logging community in Brown County, Wisconsin.
On 8/13/1885 the powder storehouse in Silver City, New Mexico exploded. “The building stood on a hill and was struck by lightning.”
On 8/13/1858 a fire at the penitentiary in Alton, Illinois destroyed several buildings around 8:00 p.m. The fire started in one of the workshops, in the yard of the State prison. “Two of the workshops, the dining hall, chapel, hospital, kitchen, and two or three other small buildings were destroyed.”
On 8/13/1953 the National Safety Council was incorporated by Congress.