8/30/1885 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall at the Gardner Holmes Chair Factory on East 61st. Street.”
8/30/1976 a Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating at a four-alarm fire, He was killed when the first floor of the fire building collapsed, burying him under tons of rubble in the basement.”
8/30/1978 a Brock Township, Ontario, Canada firefighter died “while operating at a house fire, just outside Sutherland. As interior crews were advancing, they requested roof ventilation. He was in command, and proceeded to the roof to assist. While working on the roof, he collapsed and fell from the main roof to the veranda roof, and then to the ground. Firefighters attempted resuscitation and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
8/30/2015 a fire spread through an oil workers’ residential compound in Saudi Arabia on August 30th that killed ten people and injured 259 in the town of Al Khobar. The fire was reported in the basement of the residential compound leased by Saudi Aramco for its employees. The Radium Residential Complex consists of eight six-story buildings and comprises 486 units; Aramco, has more than 61,000 employees.
8/30/2013 four people were killed around 9:20 p.m. when a fire gutted a house in upstate New York in the town of Elmira.
8/30/1989 around 5:15 a.m. a suspicious fire in a guest room at the Sheraton Boston Hotel ignited a king-size bed heavily damaging the room of fire origin, but very little damage occurred outside this room. The smoke detector in the room activated, and guests in adjacent rooms notified the hotel operator; Boston fire fighters attack the fire with their hose which was connected to a standpipe. The hotel has two high-rise towers; one tower is fully sprinklered, and the other tower, where the fire occurred, was scheduled for the installation of sprinklers. The building was equipped with smoke detectors in corridors and guest rooms and with occupant evacuation alarms.
8/30/1980 about 18 miles off shore from Port O’Connor, TX in the Gulf of Mexico an oil rig explosion and fire killed two and injured seven; twenty-eight men were evacuated from the rig after it “experienced serious pressure buildups,” about midnight. “There is gas burning on the water and the platform and the wellhead, which is broken about halfway up.”
8/30/1979 Good Hope, LA a Peruvian cargo ship crashed into three barges dock on the Mississippi River that contained butane and burned that injured 29.
8/30/1974 a train crashed into station in Yugoslavia killing 153.
8/30/1956 Fairbanks, AK a night club was destroyed by fire that started around 3:30 a.m. at the Club Rendezvous, located at Mile-One on the Steese Highway. Thirty-five patrons, bartenders and entertainers were in the building when the fire was discovered in front of the building near the roof.
8/30/1947 Select movie theater fire killed eighty-eight in Paris, France.
8/30/1915 Wilmington, DE DuPont Powder Company Explosion killed two.
8/30/1908 a fire in New Orleans, LA broke out the commercial district that destroyed a number of small stores, manufacturing plants, and wholesale houses that originated at Bienville and Chartres Streets; the fire extended 3 blocks. The fire started while the firefighters were attending their annual picnic, delaying the attack for about an hour.
8/30/1898 Nashville, TN the business district was heavily damaged by fire that started at 2:10 a.m. in the fifth floor of the large manufacturer and dealer of stoves and tin-ware, on College Street, and spread rapidly, destroying several buildings.
8/30/1895 Decota, CA the Grand Hotel at Niles was destroyed by fire that started around 7:30 a.m. in the kitchen and rapidly spread to the livery stable.
8/30/1869 Wilkes-Barre, PA coal mine fire.