The Southwest Boulevard Fire: Kansas City Remembers a Tragedy

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1959, started out like many other summer days in the Kansas City metropolitan area, sunny with temperatures in the 90s and a south wind of 13 mph. Before the day would end, five Kansas City, MO, firefighters and one civilian would die in...


Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1959, started out like many other summer days in the Kansas City metropolitan area, sunny with temperatures in the 90s and a south wind of 13 mph. Before the day would end, five Kansas City, MO, firefighters and one civilian would die in an inferno of burning gasoline referred to...


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FIREFIGHTER
NEAL K. OWEN, 28
Station 19, Pumper 19
Died Aug. 18, 1959, at 4:56 P.M. of third-degree burns
Two years, three months of service

DRIVER
VIRGIL L. SAMS, 27
Station 19, Pumper 19
Died Aug. 19, 1959, at 2:45 P.M. of third-degree burns
Six years, seven months of service

CAPTAIN
PETER T. SIRNA, 46
Station 25, Pumper 25
Died Aug. 24, 1959, at 12:20 P.M. of third-degree burns
16 years of service

FIREFIGHTER
DELBERT W. STONE, 29
Station 25, Pumper 25
Died Aug. 23, 1959, at 3:15 P.M. of third-degree burns
Two years of service

CIVILIAN


FRANCIS J. TOOMES, 42


Friend of firefighters at Pumper 25


Died on the fire line with his friends