9/27/1894 a Chicago, IL firefighter “of Engine 10 died in the line of duty while fighting a restaurant fire at 254 S. State Street. He was asphyxiated after he was overcome by smoke in the restaurant basement. Engine 10 was the first fire company to arrive on scene, and firefighters immediately entered the building with a hose line. They advanced ten feet into the basement before the dense smoke forced them to retreat. As they were exiting, he was overcome by smoke and collapsed, but he was quickly rescued by his colleagues. A few minutes later, firefighters again attempted to attack the fire with a hose line, but five more firefighters were overcome by smoke and had to be carried out of the basement. A 4-11 alarm was eventually raised, and the fire department successfully contained and extinguished the fire. The firefighter was taken to a nearby drug store, where a doctor attempted to resuscitate him for more than two hours, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
9/27/1898 a San Jose, CA firefighter died at a hotel fire. “Upon investigating an odor of smoke on the second floor of the Hotel Vendome, the night watchman and a bellboy had discovered that a fire had started in a fuse box of the newly installed electric light system and was rapidly spreading throughout the building via the cable chases. The desk clerk turned in the alarm from the manual box, but mistakenly tapped out a “still alarm,” rather than requesting a full assignment. This led to a valuable loss of time in controlling the fire, as the initial response of fire apparatus proved inadequate to handle the rapidly spreading blaze. As firefighters attempted to make an interior attack on the blaze on the second floor, a loud creaking noise was heard. Suddenly, the rear walls of the rambling, four-story building collapsed, causing the second, third, and fourth floors to collapse into the first. Eight men were trapped under the tons of rubble that piled up in the main dining area. As firefighters immediately went to work rescuing their trapped comrades, some of the injured men were able to dig themselves out. It wasn’t until the next day that rescuers found the firefighters body beneath 20 feet of rubble.”
9/27/1906 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “was killed in a fall from the deck to the hold of the boat.”
9/27/1911 a Wichita, Kansas firefighter “lost his life when he was crushed by a collapsing wall while trying to move a piece of fire apparatus out of the way at the F.G. Smyth and Son Transfer and Storage building located at 114-116 N Santa Fe.”
9/27/1954 an Omaha, NE firefighter “died from severe burns while driving Ladder 8 away from the scene of a multiple alarm fire at the 1St Methodist Church at 1913 Davenport Street, to protect the rig.”
9/27/1964 a Tampa, FL firefighter “died from burns he suffered while operating at a fire.”
9/27/1974 a Weymouth, MA firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained August 11, 1974, when he was caught in a flashover while searching for children reportedly trapped in a barn fire.”
9/27/1980 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter “died after suffering burns, after he had fallen through the roof of the Naval and Marine Corp Reserve Center, at 1700 Stadium Way. The fire was fought for two and half hours, and 40 companies. The firefighter was assigned to Task Force 1, and was assisting with ventilation on the two-story, tile-roofed, concrete building. Without warning, a fire-weakened portion of the roof collapsed beneath him.”
9/27/2016 a Bronx, NY (FDNY) firefighter was killed, and twelve other firefighters were injured when a drug lab inside a house exploded at 300 W. 234th Street near the corner of Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge. Someone in the neighborhood reported what was believed to be a gas leak around 6:20 a.m. Firefighters had first responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, notifying police, but the house exploded before the situation could be fully assessed and mitigated. The explosion occurred around 7:30 a.m. as police officers and firefighters were walking in and out of the home. The firefighter was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
9/27/1915 Ardmore, OK a gasoline explosion left forty-three dead and at least 200 injured. The town was destroyed; one source suggests that a workman repairing a gasoline tank car in the Santa Fe rail yard hammer caused a spark resulting in an explosion, followed by a second detonation when stored dynamite exploded.
9/27/1886 DeLand, Volusia County, FL thirty business buildings in the business part of the town were destroyed fire.
9/27/1906 Mobile, AL a hurricane killed 150.