9/23/2005 a fire on a bus near Dallas, TX killed twenty-four of the thirty-eight elderly residents and six employees evacuating from Hurricane Rita. The fire was accelerated by patients’ oxygen making it too hot to rescue the victims. The fire may have been caused by the brakes.
9/23/1896 a Savannah, GA firefighter “fell 40 feet to his death through an open grating, while operating at an arson fire in a wholesale grocery warehouse.”
9/23/1909 a Topeka, KS firefighter “was killed when he was caught under a falling wall while fighting a fire at the Kuehne Vinegar Works.”
9/23/1911 six Louisville, Kentucky Salvage Corps (firefighters) lost their lives and a seventh member died after lingering several years from injuries he suffered while responding to a fire in a Salvage Corps vehicle, when a six-story wall of the David Baird & Son millinery located at 511-513 West Main collapsed on them. (The Louisville Salvage Corps in Louisville, Kentucky was disbanded, and the agency was absorbed by the Louisville Fire Department).”
9/23/1924 a Richmond, IN firefighter died “from the injuries he sustained after a wall collapsed while operating at a fire at Earlham College.”
9/23/1939 a Toledo, Ohio firefighter “died of a heart attack during firefighting operations in a warehouse at Lagrange & Water.”
9/23/1950 two Boston, MA firefighters “died from smoke inhalation from burning mattresses in the basement of the Weiner-Eagle Mattress factory at 38-42 Everett Street, Allston, Box 5235, (Everett Street, opposite #52) at 4:28 a.m.”
9/23/2012 in Unionville TN a man and a woman, both in their 70s along with two children, aged 9 and 7, died in a house fire.
9/23/1968 the Glen Casino Amusement Park in Williamsville, NY was destroyed by fire.
9/23/1953 a U.S. Army underground fuel tank explosion killed thirty-four in Bitburg, Germany.
9/23/1916 the Phoenix, NY town conflagration started “leaping from building to building, across the canal and from one side of Canal Street to the other, the flames destroyed nearly every building in the business section of the village.”
9/23/1915 a fire in Hampton Beach, NH destroyed forty-five buildings, including five hotels, scores of cottages, two theaters, and many businesses were leveled before the fire was controlled by dynamite. The fire started in a box of rubbish.
9/23/1908 a lodging house fire killed one and injured another in San Francisco, CA in a two-story lodging house at 211 Gough Street.
9/23/1907 the Oswego (NY) Normal School, a four-story wooden and stone building used as a dormitory, fire resulted in over a hundred young girls fleeing their rooms. “The fire was discovered in the laundry, in the basement of the building. Soon the first and second floors were filled with smoke.”
9/23/1892 in New York, NY panic left four dead when someone yelled fire a synagogue.
9/23/1892 in Battle Creek, MI the Union School Furniture Company fire destroyed the factory, office, and four other buildings.
9/23/1898 near Brownsville, PA the Umpire Mine gas explosion entombed seventy men one-fourth of a mile below town.
9/23/1895 a blast furnace fire extended to a lumber yard in Fond du Lac, WI.
9/23/2004 Hurricane Jeanne slammed into Haiti, killing thousands, just days after Hurricane Ivan. Jeanne was part of a series of deadly storms to hit the region during the 2004 hurricane season.