8/29/1927 a Bronx, New York (FDNY) firefighter died at “an unfinished building fire at 213th Street and White Plains Avenue. A scaffold and work timbers had been set on fire by an electric feed wire carrying 4,400 volts of electricity. The wires had broken and fallen across the building, which was two-stories in height. He went with two other firefighters into the second floor of the house. He ordered the water to be turned on as he was in place to attack the fire. As soon as water hit the fire and the live wires, it electrocuted him, knocking him off the scaffold to the ground. His two comrades were also knocked backwards but managed to clutch timbers to save themselves from falling. He however, plunged between two beams to the ground. He was rushed to Fordham Hospital, were he died within a few minutes.”
8/29/1927 a Louisville, KY firefighter “died at the scene of an incident at 1480 S. Preston.”
8/29/1998 two firefighters died, engaged in separate areas and operations in a building fire that started around 12:58 a.m. in the rear of the florist shop on Main Street in Marks, Mississippi that was located in the middle of a block of buildings that contained a restaurant, a liquor store, dry cleaners, and a lounge. The block of buildings was approximately 140’ long X 60’ deep. The fire apparently began in a pile of cardboard and other combustible materials outside the rear of the florist shop spread through the open eaves of a storage building and extended into the main florist shop through a steel frame door. One firefighter fell through the roof and a second died as he advanced a hoseline into the front of the building. A youth was arrested and charged with setting the fire.
8/29/2007 two Boston, Massachusetts firefighters were killed while operating at “Box 281, transmitted at 2106 hours, for a building fire at an Asian restaurant in the West Roxbury section of Boston. Engine Company 30 and Ladder Company 25 responded to the alarm of fire from quarters. The units arrived at the fire location at 2108 hours. Ladder Company 25, the first company to arrive, reported fire showing from the roof. Initially, the interior of the restaurant was clear. Firefighters discovered fire in the void space above the kitchen area and began to apply water to the fire from a handline. Fire conditions changed rapidly. The Board of Inquiry believes oxygen entrained within the fire stream together with the infusion of oxygen from the air below the ceiling admitted a fresh supply of oxygen into the ceiling area directly above the kitchen’s hood/exhaust duct and into the ceiling void space created by the dislodged ceiling tiles. This event in turn, caused the unburned flammable gas generated by the undetected extended burning fire at that location to ignite. One firefighter was unable to exit the kitchen area and died of asphyxiation. The second firefighter died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.”
8/29/2005 “the effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans included 1,464 deaths (1,836 deaths), 80% flooding of the city, and many burned buildings. Aid to firefighters from firefighters poured into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama from around the nation as soon as, and often before, the call for help went out. More than 70 percent of City of New Orleans firefighters lost their homes, according to the Fire Superintendent. Their families are somewhere else, among the hundreds of thousands of evacuees. From preliminary figures provided by the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center, the IAFC estimates nearly 3,000 firefighters, fire officers and their families have been affected by the tragedy in the New Orleans area. Five parishes and 47 fire departments were hit hard. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) also deployed all 28 of the nation’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) task forces. Many of the USAR teams, primarily firefighter-based, continue to work along the Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana coasts. More than 4,000 individual firefighters left their own communities and responded to FEMA’s request for two-person Community Relations teams. At least 1,500 teams were dispatched. Forty of those teams were reassigned and dispatched to assess needs of fire departments within impacted areas: 20 teams to Louisiana, 10 teams to Mississippi and 10 teams to Alabama.”
8/29/1993 a fireworks factory fire killed twenty-seven in Hong Kong.
8/29/1969 Oakland, CA an explosion and fire at a diner, 3410 MacArthur Blvd. left one dead another injured and widespread destruction to surrounding buildings.
8/29/1916 Merrill, WI the tannery factory was destroyed by fire.
8/29/1915 Williamsport, PA Harry P. Young Grocery Store was heavily damaged by fire at 322 Market Street.
8/29/1913 Fredericktown, Ohio conflagration: the fire started on the second floor of a clothing store and spread rapidly around 1:00 p.m. “Shortly after the fire started the water works system of the village gave out, and the old-fashioned hand pump was pressed into service.”
8/29/1901 Mill Creek, UT several buildings were destroyed by fire that started around 10:00 p.m.
8/29/1884 ten miles west of Greeley, CO ten died in a circus train fire of the Anglo-American Circus. Two barrels of gasoline, used in lighting circus grounds, caught fire from a torch and exploded in a sleeping car containing over sixty men designed like a caboose. One door was blocked by luggage, the other by the fire, leaving only the small window as an exit. The circus managers were criminally negligent.
8/29/1880 two miles off Alcona, MI between Mackinaw and Cleveland, the Marine City, a steamboat fire killed ten of the one hundred forty on board. “The fire was discovered in the hold, and before effective measures could be taken the flames became unmanageable.”
8/29/1871 Mobile, AL the ferry boat Ocean Wave explosion killed thirty-five.
8/29/1949 Soviets explode atomic bomb at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
8/29/1871 Hillsborough Inlet, FL the Steamer Mississippi wrecked in a hurricane off Hillsborough Inlet.