8/27/1867 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed when he fell 65 feet to the ground from a roof while operating at a fire.”
8/27/1916 two Milwaukee, WI firefighters died at “the Waltham Piano Factory fire at 1st and Becker Streets. Two firefighters grabbed lanterns and led a group of firefighters to the second-floor to start venting. Suddenly, the lanterns went out and the two men began to stumble around. One made it back downstairs where he collapsed into the arms of a firefighter, but one had not come back down. In an instant, he grabbed a handlight and went in after the missing firefighter. Other firefighters followed almost immediately, but their way became blocked by an automatic fire door that closed, trapping the two firefighters in heavy smoke on the second-floor. A firefighter wearing an early smoke mask was finally able to pry the door open with an axe and started to enter the room, but then stumbled over something on the floor. There he found the two firefighters lying in each-other’s arms, both dead of smoke inhalation. Apparently, one had located his unconscious comrade and dragged him down the stairs to where the closed fire door blocked their exit. The fire went to two-alarms.”
8/27/1947 a New Bedford, MA firefighter “died while operating at a fire in the Sacred Heart Home.”
8/27/1956 a Portland, ME firefighter died while fighting a residential fire. “While removing paint from a house on Highland Street, a painter caused a stubborn two-alarm dwelling fire. The members of Engine 6 were working on the second floor when a firefighter stated that he needed air. As he stepped outside the house, he suddenly collapsed and died. The cause of death was determined as “heart ailment aggravated by smoke inhalation and asphyxia”.”
8/27/1994 a Hudson Falls, New York firefighter died at a three-story hotel. “Assigned to search for and rescue occupants on the second floor, two firefighters successfully evacuated several victims while attempts to extinguish the fire were initiated below them. Upon their return to continue the search, conditions quickly changed from a light haze of smoke to black smoke with high heat. conditions. The firefighter and his partner became separated in their attempt to locate the stairwell and get out of the building. The other firefighter made several efforts to locate the missing firefighter, but was forced to retreat due to untenable conditions. Several rescue efforts were made but heavy fire conditions eventually forced the evacuation of all fire personnel to defensive positions as the entire structure burned. his body was recovered the following day. The fire was incendiary in nature.”
8/27/1996 a South Portland, ME firefighter died when “firefighters found heavy fire and numerous explosions occurring in a welding plant. An area within a one-mile-radius was evacuated due to the four-alarm fire impinging on several, large oxygen and liquid nitrogen storage tanks. The firefighter ordered the members of his company, including his three volunteer firefighter children, to take up a defensive position behind their rig and play cooling water streams onto the exposed storage tanks. As he turned to walk toward Engine 1, a large explosion occurred behind him and he collapsed to the street, in full arrest.”
8/27/2006 two Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighters died while operating a working fire in a convenience store, 99-cent store, at 1575 Walton Avenue. The two firefighters, and other firefighters advanced a second 2-½-inch attack line into the structure to support extinguishment operations. A collapse occurred involving an area of the first-floor of the structure. Both firefighters fell into the basement. One was entrapped by the collapse debris, and the other firefighter was encapsulated in the collapse debris. Other firefighters were caught in the collapse area as well. Firefighters were able to remove the members trapped in the upper part of the collapse area. It took an hour to remove the last of these members. During that time, other members breached holes into the collapse area from an adjoining cellar. These members found the entrapped firefighter approximately 15 minutes after entering the collapse area. He was conscious when reached and he told firefighters that his nozzleman, the other firefighter, was trapped under him. The extrication of first firefighter took more than 45 minutes. He was in respiratory arrest when he was removed from the structure. One to 2 minutes after the first firefighter was removed, rescuers found the second firefighter in the collapse debris. It took approximately 20 minutes to extricate him. The second firefighter died from asphyxia due to compression of the chest. The first firefighter died of positional asphyxia and aspiration of blood.”
8/27/2015 a food truck exploded just after 8:30 a.m. outside of a home in a southwest neighborhood in Miami-Dade County, Florida at 1970 SW 57th Place. The explosion was caused by a propane tank; “debris, including a tire and roofing, was spread across the street after the blast.” No injuries were reported. “The 20-year-old man who owns the Latin food truck told a local news reporter that he saved up his money to purchase the truck and start his own business… Nunez said the blast will cost him about $15,000 in damage. He said he did not have insurance on the truck.”
8/27/1983 Harriman, TN an apartment house fire killed three and injured six; during the second fire in five hours that broke out in a three-story brick 61-year-old, 14-unit apartment house around 5:05 a.m. and apparently started in a laundry room.
8/27/1922 Argonaut a gold quartz mine fire killed forty-seven in Jackson, CA.
8/27/1917 Lakota, ND a barn fires killed a man and thirty-seven horses.
8/27/1909 Boca Chica, FL (12 miles from Key West) 700 pounds of dynamite exploded on the Florida East Coast Railway that killed twelve and injured twelve.
8/27-28/1893 the Sea Islands Hurricane killed 1,000 – 2,500 in Charleston SC; the storm struck at high tide pushing an enormous storm surge ahead of it submerging whole islands with reported winds at 125 mph and left an estimated 20,000-30,000 homeless.