9/18/1926 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters died “while operating at a five-alarm fire at Freihofer Baking Co. at 19th & Indiana Avenue, they were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall.”
9/18/1945 an aircraft hangar fire at the Naval Air Station Richmond (FL) started after being devastated by a hurricane, with 123 mph winds. A hangar caught fire, from a short circuit (ground fault) as winds drove flames horizontal, eventually igniting all three hangars. The Navy had purchased the 2,107-acre site in 1941 and constructed a blimp base to protect Florida area shipping from German submarines. The land where Naval Air Station Richmond was located is now Zoo Miami and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.
9/18/1872 the Hillsboro, TX the Hill County Courthouse was destroyed by an incendiary fire.
9/18/1793 George Washington laid the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building; that would take nearly a century to complete. “In 1800, Congress moved into the Capitol’s north wing. In 1807, the House of Representatives moved into the building’s south wing, which was finished in 1811. During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol on August 24, 1814. A rainstorm (hurricane) saved the building from destruction.”