816/1888 a Sanford, Florida firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after he reportedly either fell through the floor or was on the second floor and fell into an open elevator shaft and was buried under a shipment of large iron ranges, while operating at a fire in the DeForest Block building, which at the time was a hardware store.”
8/16/1893 a Saint Paul, MN firefighter “died in a fall from a ladder when overcome by gas at fire, 148 East 3rd Street.”
8/16/1898 an Ottawa, Canada firefighter “while performing overhaul at a fire on St Patrick Street on the morning of August 6th he stepped on a nail, which ran up through his foot. Although expected to recover, he developed lockjaw, and succumbed to the infection. NOTE: Foot injuries like this led to the development of a steel toe and soled fire boot.”
8/16/1907 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter died while fighting a fire in a straw mat factory. “On arrival, firefighters found the entire fourth-floor of a straw mat factory pushing billowing clouds of black smoke. The district chief struck three alarms in rapid succession as the fire raced through 800 rolls of straw matting. Heavy caliber streams were put to work, which darkened down the flames after a while. As firefighters entered the fourth floor to overhaul, it suddenly collapsed down into the third floor, carrying many firefighters with it. Slowly, each man was found and removed from the rubble except for three members of Truck 4. After more digging, two of the men were found alive and removed. Finally, a firefighter’s crushed body was found and removed to the quarters of Truck 4, where his brother firefighters washed his body, dressed him in uniform, and laid him out on the apparatus floor.”
8/16/1944 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter died while fighting a fire at the Barrett Bobby Pin Company. “Companies arriving, found a fast-moving fire on the upper floors of a 4-story building and requested a 2nd Alarm. Hook and Ladder 7 was dispatched on the 2nd. The firefighter was given the task to raise the 45 foot ladder to the 4th-floor. He was standing at the base of the ladder, when a collapse happened and struck him, causing fatal injuries.”
8/16/1999 a Huttig, Arkansas firefighter died after he was injured on a fire on August 8, 1999. “The firefighter responded along with others from his Department to a mutual aid call for a fire in a motor home. The owner of the mobile home had just filled the fuel tank, driven the motor home to his residence, and parked the vehicle at the top of his driveway. Upon arriving home, the owner noticed smoke coming from under the hood – he could not extinguish the fire and called the fire department. As the Huttig pumper arrived on the scene and parked about forty feet downhill from the motor home. The firefighter was ordered to pull a 1-1/2” line from the rear of the Huttig pumper to assist a firefighter from another department that had a booster line from the other department’s pumper on the fire. Before the line could be charged, the fuel tank on the motor home ruptured and sent a flood of burning fuel downhill toward the firefighter, another firefighter, and both pumpers. The firefighter was not wearing any fire fighting protective clothing, although he had loaded his protective clothing on the pumper prior to response. He was surrounded by flames for an estimated fifteen seconds and was burned over 96% of his body surface and his airway.”
8/16/2010 Weleetka, OK six died in house fire that appeared to have stared as electrical fire in the living room; there was only working smoke alarm in the boy’s and only survivor’s bedroom.
8/16/1975 a forest fire killed twenty-five in Transkei Veld, South Africa.
8/16/1953 Brooklyn, NY at the Navy Yard a gas water heater explosion killed two and injured nine.
8/16/1904 Spokane, WA a fire in the retail district started in the smoke house of the cold storage company and extended to the liquor company and a furniture company storehouse.
8/16/1902 San Angelo, TX the Landon Hotel fire killed seven of the seventy-five guests that started around 2:00 a.m. in the kitchen behind the dining room.
8/16/1900 Philadelphia, PA at the Point Breeze Oil Works a gas explosion and fire in the exhaust house shortly after noon killed five.
8/16/1886 Pittsburgh, PA the Black Diamond Steel Works a four-alarm fire started around 1:00 p.m. on Thirty-First Street and was confined to one building that contained valuable machinery in the center of the immense facility. “Of the 1400 employees only 125 will be thrown out of work and they only for thirty days.”
8/16/1969 Hurricane Camille crashed ashore on Mississippi’s Gulf coast. A Category 5 hurricane with 190 mph winds and 24-foot storm surge crashed into the area near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi just before midnight. The storm claimed 256 lives, more than 100 in Virginia, where remnants triggered widespread flooding and landslides.
8/16/1962 Quincy, FL a 16-foot fishing boat jammed with children on a church picnic swamped under the heavy load and 18 of the 19 persons aboard drowned.
8/16/1871 Jacksonville, FL the Steamer Lodona was wreck in hurricane, twenty lives were lost.