On 9/18/1926 two Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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.”
On 9/18/2021 approximately 75 dogs “died in a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, Texas. The City of Georgetown confirmed all the animals involved were dogs. Twenty-five firefighters responded to the fire after the department received multiple 911 calls of flames at the resort at approximately 10:56 p.m. on Saturday. Crews arrived on the scene within 4.5 minutes and discovered heavy fire and smoke. Crews gained access to the building and were able to open some ventilation to try to control some of the smoke. However, they were unable to save any of the dogs inside the building, there were no humans inside.
On 9/18/1945 an aircraft hangar fire at the Naval Air Station Richmond (Florida) 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.
On 9/18/1872 in Hillsboro, Texas the Hill County Courthouse was destroyed by an incendiary fire.