List of the deadliest firefighter disasters in the United States

Below is a list of the deadliest firefighter disasters in the United States, in which more than five firefighters died. The September 11 attacks claimed the lives of 343 firefighters in New York City.

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Rank Event Date Firefighter Fatalities Coordinates Reference
1 September 11 attacks September 11, 2001 343 40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W / 40.713000°N 74.013500°W / 40.713000; -74.013500 [1][2]
2 Great Fire of 1910 August 22, 1910 78[N 1] 47°25′34″N 116°6′13″W / 47.42611°N 116.10361°W / 47.42611; -116.10361 [3]
4 Texas City disaster April 16, 1947 27 29°22′39″N 94°53′29″W / 29.37750°N 94.89139°W / 29.37750; -94.89139 [1][2]
5 Chicago Union Stock Yards fire December 22, 1910 21 41°49′8.31″N 87°39′40.08″W / 41.8189750°N 87.6611333°W / 41.8189750; -87.6611333 [1][2]
6 McKee refinery fire July 29, 1956 19 35°57′21.28″N 101°53′11.49″W / 35.9559111°N 101.8865250°W / 35.9559111; -101.8865250 [1][2]
Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013 19 34°14′47.84″N 112°45′20.94″W / 34.2466222°N 112.7558167°W / 34.2466222; -112.7558167 [2]
8 Blackwater fire of 1937 August 21, 1937 15 44°24′43″N 109°44′30″W / 44.41194°N 109.74167°W / 44.41194; -109.74167 [4]
Rattlesnake Fire July 9, 1953 15 39°39′19.05″N 122°38′9.67″W / 39.6552917°N 122.6360194°W / 39.6552917; -122.6360194 [1][2]
10 South Canyon Fire July 6, 1994 14 39°34′26.48″N 107°25′36.82″W / 39.5740222°N 107.4268944°W / 39.5740222; -107.4268944 [1][2]
11 Strand Theatre Fire (Brockton, Massachusetts) March 10, 1941 13 42°4′58.40″N 71°1′9.58″W / 42.0828889°N 71.0193278°W / 42.0828889; -71.0193278 [1][2]
Mann Gulch fire August 4, 1949 13 46°52′46.56″N 111°54′17.64″W / 46.8796000°N 111.9049000°W / 46.8796000; -111.9049000 [1][2]
Friedlander Leather Remnants Factory fire December 21, 1910 13 39°58′5.50″N 75°8′29.35″W / 39.9681944°N 75.1414861°W / 39.9681944; -75.1414861 [1]
14 Kingman explosion July 5, 1973 12 35°12′54.10″N 114°1′48.95″W / 35.2150278°N 114.0302639°W / 35.2150278; -114.0302639 [1]
23rd Street Fire October 16, 1966 12 40°44′27.39″N 73°59′20.01″W / 40.7409417°N 73.9888917°W / 40.7409417; -73.9888917 [1]
Loop Fire Disaster November 1, 1966 12 34°20′05″N 118°23′47″W / 34.33472°N 118.39639°W / 34.33472; -118.39639 [N 2] [5]
16 Inaja Fire November 25, 1956 11 33°5′54″N 116°39′50″W / 33.09833°N 116.66389°W / 33.09833; -116.66389 [6]
17 West Fertilizer Company explosion April 17, 2013 10 31°48′58″N 97°05′17″W / 31.816°N 97.088°W / 31.816; -97.088 [7]
18 Charleston Sofa Super Store fire June 18, 2007 9 40°44′27.39″N 73°59′20.01″W / 40.7409417°N 73.9888917°W / 40.7409417; -73.9888917 [8]
Hotel Vendome fire June 17, 1972 9 42°21′4.55″N 71°4′43.09″W / 42.3512639°N 71.0786361°W / 42.3512639; -71.0786361 [1][2]
Collins Block Fire (Syracuse, New York) February 3, 1939 9 43°3′4.79″N 76°9′12.92″W / 43.0513306°N 76.1535889°W / 43.0513306; -76.1535889 [9]
21 Great Boston Fire of 1872 November 9, 1872 8 42°21′13.75″N 71°3′30.80″W / 42.3538194°N 71.0585556°W / 42.3538194; -71.0585556 [10]
1975 Philadelphia Gulf refinery fire August 17, 1975 8 39°54′7″N 75°12′17″W / 39.90194°N 75.20472°W / 39.90194; -75.20472 [11]
Jackson Pyrotechnic Explosion (Chester, Pennsylvania) February 17, 1882 8 39°50′46″N 75°21′24″W / 39.84611°N 75.35667°W / 39.84611; -75.35667 [12]
24 Waldbaum's supermarket fire August 2, 1978 6 40°35′33.93″N 73°57′0.48″W / 40.5927583°N 73.9501333°W / 40.5927583; -73.9501333 [13]
Kansas City ammonium nitrate explosion November 29, 1988 6 39°50′47.98″N 94°34′22.49″W / 39.8466611°N 94.5729139°W / 39.8466611; -94.5729139 [14]
Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire (Worcester, Massachusetts) December 3, 1999 6 42°15′36.23″N 71°47′34.17″W / 42.2600639°N 71.7928250°W / 42.2600639; -71.7928250 [1]


NotesEdit

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FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Another source says that there were 86 deaths, but this seems to count almost all of the civilians as well.[2]
  2. ^ Angeles National Forest. Approximately 2,500 feet (760 m) southwest of the Pacoima Dam. Page 12 & 43 of The Loop Fire Report reference has map with the location marked relative to the dam.

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "FOX Facts: Deadliest Firefighter Disasters". Fox News. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Worst Firefighter Tragedies: Where Deadly Ariz. Blaze Ranks". NBC 10 Philadelphia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  3. ^ Inferno "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Staff Ride to the Blackwater Fire". Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Pyles, Hamilton; Spaulding, Alfred; Wilson, Carl; Moore, William; Brunton, George (n.d.). "The Loop Fire Disaster" (PDF). Fireleadership.gov. United States Forest Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  6. ^ "America's Most Devastating Wildfires | American Experience | PBS". www.pbs.org. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  7. ^ "Memorial held for firefighters killed in West Texas Fertilizer Company explosion". 22 April 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Remembering the Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire Six Years Later". International Association of Fire Fighters. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Syracuse Post Standard, Syracuse NY, Jan 31, 2015" "Rochester Democrat Chronicle, Rochester NY, Feb 4, 1939"
  10. ^ "Deadliest incidents resulting in the deaths of 8 or more firefighters", from the National Fire Protection Association
  11. ^ "Gulf Oil Refinery- Philadelphia, Pa. 30 Years Ago. Tragic Fire Revisited". Firehouse. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  12. ^ "Chester Daily Times, Chester PA, Feb 17, 1882" "Chester Daily Times, Chester PA, Feb 19, 1912"
  13. ^ Spak, Steve. ""The Waldbaum's Fire and Tragedy"".
  14. ^ "Six Kansas City firefighters killed in 1988 explosion". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 18 October 2017.