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    Default Deadliest Fires For Firefighters (Again)

    In the wake of the terrible news of nineteen wildland firefighters killed in Arizona last night, here's a revisiting of some research compiled in 2010.

    Based on best information that I could find, these are the deadliest fires for firefighters in our nation's history. Input and corrections very welcome.

    343 died – Sep. 11, 2001 – Manhattan, NY – World Trade Center collapse after terrorist attacks.
    78 died – Aug. 20-21, 1910 – Great Fire of 1910 – Forest fire in Washington, Idaho, Montana - Includes Devil's Broom Fire.
    30 died – Apr. 16, 1947 – Texas City, TX – Ship explosion after fire.
    xx29 died – Oct. 3, 1933 – Los Angeles, CA – Griffith Park Fire, wildfire.xx (See below)
    21 died – Dec. 22, 1910 – Chicago, IL – Wall collapse at meat packing plant.

    19 died - Jun. 30, 2013 – Yarnell, AZ – Yarnell Hill Fire, wildfire.
    19 died – Jul. 29, 1956 – Sun Ray, TX – Oil and gas refinery fire.
    15 died – Aug. 21, 1937 – Shoshone National Forest, WY – Blackwater Fire, wildfire.
    15 died – Jul. 9, 1953 – Alder Creek, CA – Rattlesnake Fire, wildfire.

    14 died - Jul. 10, 1893 - Chicago, IL - Building collapse during fire at World's Fair.
    14 died – Jul. 9, 1994 – Glenwood, CO – Wildfire.
    13 died – Mar. 17, 1890 – Indianapolis, IN – Building collapse at three-alarm fire.
    13 died – Dec. 22, 1910 – Philadelphia, PA- Building collapse and secondary collapse at two-alarm fire.
    13 died – Mar. 10, 1941 – Brockton, MA – Roof collapse at two-alarm fire.
    13 died – Aug. 5, 1949 – Mann Gulch, MT – Mann Gulch Fire, wildfire.

    12 died – Oct. 28, 1954 – Philadelphia, PA – Chemical explosion.
    12 died – Oct. 17, 1966 – Floor collapse at five-alarm fire.
    12 died – Nov. 1, 1966 – Los Angeles County, CA – Wildfire.
    12 died – Jul. 5, 1973 – Kingman, AZ – Propane tank car explosion at gas plant fire.

    11 died – Apr. 25, 1854 – Manhattan, NY – Building collapse at fire.
    11 died – Sep. 6, 1896 – Benton Harbor, MI – Wall collapse at opera house fire.
    11 died – Nov., 1966 – San Diego County, CA – Wildfire.

    10 died – Jul. 9, 1850 – Philadelphia, PA – Explosions and collapses during great fire.
    10 died – Oct. 9, 1857 – Chicago, IL – Building collapse at general-alarm fire.
    10 died – Jul. 9, 1943 – Chicago, IL – Roof collapse at four-alarm fire.
    10 died – Jul. 23, 1984 – Romeoville, IL – Propane explosion at oil refinery fire.

    Sources:

    Hank Przybylowicz's list of multiple firefighter fatality incidents, archived on this web site: http://fireduptraining.com/forum/fil...idents_188.pdf (PDF document)

    National Park Service timeline of large fires: http://www.nps.gov/fire/utility/uti_...efirestext.cfm (broken link)

    World's Columbian Exposition Fire, Chicago: July 10, 1893: http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitst...pdf?sequence=2 (PDF document)

    Wikipedia Entry on the Texas City Disaster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster

    Corrections:

    Griffiths Park Fire, 1933. Park workers killed, not firefighters. See http://www.californiahistorian.com/a...park-fire.html and http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/fire_of_%27331.html

    Additions and Annotations (July 1, 2003)

    Griffiths Park Fire - Above list deletes the incident, as park workers not firefighters were killed. See above correction. NFPA list includes the workers as firefighter fatalities: http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-st...e-firefighters

    Texas City explosion and fire - Above list cites 30 firefighter fatalities. NFPA list cites 27 firefighter fatalities: http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-st...e-firefighters

    The Great 1910 Fire of Idaho, Montana, and Washington - Web page cites 92 fatalities, still looking to determine how many were firefighters. Above list cites 78 firefighter fatalities. This NFPA list cites 86 firefighter fatalities in Devil's Broom Fire in Silverton, ID, on August 20, 1910, http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-st...e-firefighters


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    Wow....


    Great job compiling that list. I think this should be a sticky on this forum.
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