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 Richmond, FL an aircraft hangar fire at the Naval Air Station Richmond survived the World War II to be 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 provide protection for 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 Hillsboro, TX the Hill County Courthouse was destroyed by an incendiary fire.