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On 8/6/1945 a Detroit, Michigan three-alarm fire at an orphanage and home for “old people” killed five, and 120 were rescued. Several boys had been playing with matches in the vicinity of a barrel of a flammable liquid that was followed by an explosion basement laundry. “By this time, smoke was seeping through the corridors of the institution, creating a minor panic among the children and elderly inmates, many of the latter being bedridden.”
On 8/6/1896 a Trenton, New Jersey firefighter died “while operating at a fire that destroyed the Bowman’s Trenton Fire Clay & Porcelain Works. A wall collapsed on a group of firefighters, killing one firefighter and seriously injuring another.”
On 8/6/1922 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter “was overcome by smoke while fighting a fire on August 5th at the Louis Gertenrisch Candy Factory at 3032 Archer Avenue. He was transported to Cook County Hospital, where he died.”
On 8/6/1929 a Buffalo, New York firefighter “was killed and sixteen other firefighters were injured when the walls of the Webster-Citizens Ice Company caved in with a roar following a fire that wrecked the plant. Members of Ladder 11 were on the roof with other companies during overhaul, with the fire well under control, when the firefighter was sent down to fetch another tool. It appeared he just reached the ground when the building gave way. The injured were all on the roof and went down with the building. One firefighter was buried under tons of debris, and it took 2 hours to uncover him.”
On 8/6/1970 a Jacksonville, Florida firefighter died at “a fire that started in an open space between the ceiling and the roof of the A&P Supermarket at San Juan and Hershel Streets. A team of firefighters were at the rear of the store when the roof collapsed in the front of the store. One firefighter was never able to make it out of the building.”
On 8/6/1974 a Phoenix, Arizona firefighter “was crushed by a falling wall at a commercial structure fire and died at Good Samaritan Hospital.”
On 8/6/1974 an explosion and fire destroyed the Great Northern Rail-Road yard in Wenatchee, Washington.
On 8/6/1972 a motorboat fire killed eleven off the Basilan Strait, Philippines.
On 8/6/1934 a coal mine explosion killed nine near Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Seventy-five workers escaped after the explosion that occurred at 7:00 a.m.
On 8/6/1906 a lamp caused a gas explosion in a coal mine that injured seven, “four of whom are not expected to recover,” near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.
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