07/01/13 645 W, 1 I - + 10 - 8 Deadliest Fires For Firefighters (Again)


July 1, 2013
In the wake of the terrible news of nineteen wildland firefighters killed in Arizona last night, let's revisit this posting for a historical perspective on the deadliest fires for firefighters in our nation's history. They've been added below, but the entire list warrants a review. Also found this NPFA web site, which we'll incorporate into the mix. Their numbers don't quite match in a couple places, so we'll check, compare, and revise as needed. Such as Devil's Broom and Texas City.

December 23, 2010
More from Chicago, where our thoughts and prayers continue. Stories about the December 1910 stock yard fire have repeatedly cited it one of the deadliest days for American firefighters. Curious about that citation, here's a bit of research done via Google. Below are greatest losses of firefighters in American history. Dates date to the 1850s. Wildfires are included, including a two-day inferno that took the lives of 78 firefighters in 1910. Sources are at the bottom, notably a list compiled by Hank Przybylowicz and as found by Google.

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