9/13/1970 the Ponet Square Hotel fire killed nineteen residents in Los Angeles, CA. The four-story 12,000 square feet per floor South Grand Avenue hotel was built in 1907 with an unsprinklered basement that was once a ballroom. An open stair extended flames to the upper floors. Safety doors to enclosed stairwells, called “Ponet Doors” after this fire, were ordered installed in one year in all pre-1943 residential structures of three or more stories in Los Angeles.
9/13/2017 six patients died from heat-related exposure at a sweltering Hollywood, Florida nursing home in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath. The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills occurred after the air conditioning system failed due to a power outage. Residents suffered from sweltering heat inside the facility. The facility had previously been cited for failing to maintain the emergency generator. Although portable A/C units were in use, the A/C units were insufficient and made conditions worse.
9/13/1890 a Wilmington, DE firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after falling 60 feet from an extension ladder that was in the process of being tested. The ladder had failed the test. He decided to climb the ladder after being told the ladder was unsafe.”
9/13/1907 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died “while operating at a factory fire. He was trying to find his way through heavy smoke on the third floor when he entered the elevator shaft and fell to his death.”
9/13/1979 the Cougar Ridge, Oregon, fire overtook a firefighter as he and his crew were fighting the fire. He died trying to outrace exploding flames up a steep slope at the top of a draw. Three others were burned but survived.
9/13/1991 a New York, New York (FDNY) firefighter, assigned to the “can” position as part of a forcible entry team, died at a structural fire. “He was searching a rear bedroom within the apartment adjacent to the fire apartment on the 4th-floor when the ceiling collapsed and blocked his exit. The firefighter was able to communicate his entrapment through the bedroom window but suffered 2nd & 3rd degree burns to his body.”
9/13/1995 a Geneva, Ohio firefighter “died while ventilating the roof at a fire in a single-family house.”
9/13/2016 an arsonist set fire to the mosque where Orlando Florida massacre shooter Omar Mateen worshipped. Mateen a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack hate crime inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016,
9/13/2013 a fire at a psychiatric hospital in northwest Russia killed thirty-seven people. The timber-built hospital in the village of Luka housed some sixty residents. The fire was caused by a patient smoking in the male ward and spread quickly through the single-story Oksochi hospital; twenty people escaped. Officials had previously ordered the building to be closed because of safety concerns.
9/13/2015 a state of emergency was declared for parts of California as wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Wildfires have become increasingly common throughout the west spurred by dry conditions and the ongoing drought.
9/13/1912 in Woburn, MA the Foucar Leather Plant boiler explosion killed three with flaming naphtha.
9/13/1905 sixty buildings were destroyed by fire in Nome, AK.