9/10/2010 a fire occurred in a newly constructed lightweight wood frame (Type V) multiple family dwelling in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The fire “almost took the lives of several firefighters and seriously injured at least seven, some of which required hospitalization… The building was part of a multi-building apartment complex constructed in 2004. The three-story (A-Side) Type V (Lightweight Wood Frame) residential structure was 165 feet long and 62 feet wide. The steeply sloping terrain on Side C of the building created a full four-story elevation in the rear. The exterior of the structure was covered with vinyl siding and had an asphalt shingled gabled roof. The roof assembly consisted of triangular lightweight wood trusses held together with metal gusset plates and the floors were supported by parallel chord lightweight wood trusses also fastened with gussets plates. The apartment building was partially sprinklered; interior living spaces were sprinklered, but the wood truss voids spaces in the floor and roof assemblies were not. Standpipes were also provided in the stairwells… The fire, which originated on a second-floor exterior rear balcony, spread up the side of the building and extended into the lightweight wood truss attic. Firefighters working on the top floor of the three-story building were unaware that the fire above them was rapidly devouring the attic. As firefighters were trying to open an attic hatchway on a third-floor stairway landing, the roof above them collapsed briefly trapping several firefighters on the upper floors. The trapped firefighters were able to escape, some were forced to jump to the first floor after the staircase had become enveloped in flaming debris. The collapse occurred approximately 39 minutes after dispatch. Multiple Chester County fire units were required to control the three-alarm fire and keep it from spreading to other similarly constructed apartment houses in the complex.”
9/10/1989 a Greenwood Village, CO firefighter died “while operating at a three-alarm fire in an occupied two-story brick building, a block-long strip mall. He was killed when the roof collapsed on top of him.”
9/10/1990 a Sacramento, California firefighter died “from injuries sustained 23 years earlier while fighting a residential fire. The firefighter with three years on the job was overcome by smoke while searching for survivors in an apartment fire. Sacramento firefighters donated their time and money to support the firefighter and his family during those 23 years.”
9/10/2002 a Martin, South Dakota firefighter died while at work at Mueller Feeds and engaged in the cleaning of a below-grade molasses tank used in the manufacturing of animal feed. “The tank had a few inches of molasses remaining at the bottom. A co-worker descended into the tank as the firefighter stood by at the tank entrance. In less than 1 minute, the co-worker became unconscious and fell face down into the molasses. The firefighter called for help indicating that he thought that his co-worker had suffered a heart attack. He instructed his supervisor to call 9-1-1 and said that he was going into the tank to assist. From the moment the fire department was called, the firefighter was considered to be on duty. He descended into the tank and was overcome almost immediately. Both men were removed from the tank by arriving responders and CPR was initiated. Both men were transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The cause of deaths was listed as asphyxiation due to exposure to hydrogen sulfide and a low oxygen atmosphere.”
9/10/2004 a Warren, Rhode Island firefighter died while fighting a fire in an apartment building. Firefighters found a fire in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment. The firefighter provided ventilation in the fire occupancy by opening windows.”
9/10/1953 a gas explosion under W 117th Street Cleveland, Ohio killed a woman and injured sixty-seven people during rush hour.
9/10/1904 a powder mill explosion killed nineteen near Fair Chance, PA. “The Rand Powder Mills, six miles south of Uniontown, was entirely wiped out this morning by a series of explosions of powder, which by concussion also set off two carloads of dynamite standing on a nearby railroad siding.”
9/10/1889 a Golden, CO coal mine disaster killed eleven.
9/10/1816 the Steamboat Enterprise boiler explosion killed eight and injured six during a furious thunderstorm in Charleston, SC.