9/11/2001 Al-Qaeda initiated a series of coordinated suicide sneak attacks upon the United States that killed over 2,996 including 343 members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Two hijacked aircraft flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third attacked the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a fourth attack was stopped by passengers on the plane crashing into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
9/11/1891 an Albany, New York firefighter “was killed while operating at a two-alarm fire in a carpenter shop.”
9/11/1927 two Wilmington, MA firefighters “died from the injuries they sustained after they were hit by bricks when a stream of water from a fire hose hit the chimney and collapsed. Both were rescued and transported to the Tewksbury Hospital where they both died a short time later.”
9/11/1946 a Santa Monica, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after being electrocuted while operating at a fire.”
9/11/1965 a Newark, NJ firefighter died “overhauling during a fire where several occupants were rescued. He collapsed and died.”
9/11/1970 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter “died of suffocation in a commercial structure fire at San Pedro and 9th Street. He, along with another firefighter went to the 3rd-floor looking for the extension of fire when they ran out of air. Both were found and removed from the building, and then taken to the hospital. After arrival at the hospital, the first firefighter was found to be dead, and the other firefighter, after being treated was in satisfactory condition.”
9/11/1994 a Metro-Dade, Florida firefighter died fighting a fire at a carpet company. “As firefighters forced entry into the one-story cinder block building, they were faced with heavy smoke and heat conditions. As the members of Truck 34 and Tanker 43 were advancing a line into the building, the fire suddenly intensified, collapsing the roof onto the firefighters. He and a firefighter from Tanker 43 were buried under tons of rubble. It took rescuers a short time to locate the firefighter and remove him. He was heavily pinned under rolls of carpet and debris. Firefighters had to use a forklift and finally freed him after two hours. He was flown to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of mechanical asphyxiation.”
9/11/1968 an in-flight fire that originated in the rear of the cabin killed ninety-five on an Air France (Flight 1611) Caravelle from the island of Corsica to Nice, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
9/11/1909 the Wrightsville, PA business district was damaged by fire.
9/11/1903 the Eustis, ME conflagration “stated on the roof of the Coburn House presumably from a defective chimney and driven by a strong wind made a clean sweep up the west side of the Main Street.”
9/11/1883 the Forsyth, GA newspaper office fire, believed to be incendiary, extended to several buildings that started around 1:00 a.m.
9/11/2015 more than 100 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a giant crane crashed into Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque of Mecca that fell just before the evening prayer during a heavy storm. The crane, used by the Bin Laden family for an extensive remodel and expansion of the Islamic holy site, apparently collapsed after being struck by lightning.
9/11/1961 Hurricane Carla (a Category 5 storm) made landfall between Galveston and Corpus Christi, Texas with 173-mile-an-hour winds and battering 11-foot tides causing the deaths of 42 people, 400,000 persons to evacuate, and billions of dollars in property damage to coastal areas of Louisiana and Texas.