9/25/2003 a four-story nursing home fire killed fourteen, injured twenty-five (twenty critically) in Nashville, TN. Most of the 120 residents were bedridden and unable to escape; firefighters carry many elderly occupants downstairs & ladders. The concrete building had no sprinkler system.
9/25/1832 two Manhattan, New York firefighters “were killed while operating at a fire at the Jesse Delano’s Iron Chest Factory on the corner of White Street and Gouverneur Lane after midnight. The seven-story building was totally destroyed in the fire. At three o’clock, the rear wall fell onto several other smaller buildings destroying them. Around six in the morning, the members of Engine 42 (East River) were on a lower floor extinguishing several pockets of fire when the front wall fell to the street burying several members. One firefighter was killed outright, and the second died several days later.”
9/25/1852 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “was operating at Palmer’s Chocolate Factory when he was killed. The fire started in the drying rooms on the third and fourth floors around eight in the morning. The building and all of its contents, chocolate, and machinery, were destroyed, valued at $50,000. The firefighter asked what to do and was told to stay outside and help with a hoseline. After a while, he entered the building only to be driven out by the heat and smoke. He was leaving the building when the hoisting wheel gave way and landed on him. He was killed instantly.”
9/25/1910 a firefighter was crushed beneath a falling wall and killed at the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, NE, the church was totally destroyed by the fire. The church building erected in 1888 had a membership of over 700.
9/25/1915 a Sheldon, IA firefighter “died while operating at a fire at the Royce Hotel Annex.”
9/25/1942 a Pittsburgh, PA firefighter died from smoke inhalation.
9/25/1985 in Davie, FL a muffler shop explosion left four people dead, eight injured, and damaged all 34 stores at the Davie Shopping Center across the street. It is believed a leaking 250-gallon liquefied petroleum gas tank may have detonated.
9/25/1873 near Wapello, ID a balloon fire and crash killed the pilot.
9/25/1963 Bun Hirama rubber shoe factory fire killed fourteen in Kobe, Japan.