9/28/1800 the first fireboats arrive in the U.S. New York, NY; “New York City volunteer firefighters first mounted a crude hand-operated pump on a small boat, the era of the American fireboat was born. The fireboat would not become a mainstay of the American fire service; however, until after the Civil War when the nation moved into the industrial revolution and became a major force in international trade.”
9/28/1963 a Little Rock, Arkansas firefighter died “while making an interior attack on a general alarm fire in a one-story auto plant. The firefighter and two firefighters became trapped when the building suddenly collapsed. Two of the firefighters suffered serious injuries. When the firefighter was found, he was dead. The debris apparently pinched the hose on his mask causing him to suffocate.”
9/28/1989 Catlett, VA an Amtrak Train and Fire Truck collision injured 150 and killed two firefighters. “There was no crossing bar and no warning light at the crossing.”
9/28/1992 around 2:00 a.m. a Denver (CO) firefighters responded to a two-story print shop fire that killed a firefighter working inside the fire building by himself. He was able to shine his hand-light through the second-story window alerting other firefighters outside. A partial floor collapse and intense fire prevented rescuers from reaching the trapped firefighter through the interior. Firefighters laddered and entered the building where the trapped firefighter was located. “Over a period of approximately 55 minutes, several rescuers attempted to remove the victim through a window; however, they were unsuccessful due to the confinement of the space in which they were working. The fatally injured firefighter was finally removed through a hole which fire fighters cut in a wall.”
9/28/1994 a Sallisaw, OK firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained September 13th, when he and six other firefighters were caught in an explosion while operating at a garage fire with a car inside.”
9/28/1936 a gasoline tank explosion killed two, injured ten, and demolished the General Tire Company’s service station in downtown Flint, MI. “Firemen said they believed an underground gasoline tank may have been ignited by a spark from a retreading machine in the basement. At least eighteen persons were in the building when the explosion occurred.”
9/28/1923 Bryan, TX an apartment house was destroyed by a fire that started from a small heater.
9/28/1898 Weymouth, MA Fire Bradley Fertilizer works factory buildings were destroyed when a fire broke out and spread rapidly, believed to be the result of spontaneous combustion.