Friday, November 19, 2010

Red November

All of the below historically significant fires occurred in the month of November:

  • Dance hall fire kills 145, Grenoble, France, 1970
  • Explosion kills 1,000 to 3,000, Salang Tunnel, Afghanistan, 1982
  • Metal mine fire kills 51, Ishpeming (MI), 1926
  • Forest fire damages 37 homes, Topanga (CA), 1948
  • Sunday Creek #6 coal mine explosion kills 82, Millfield (OH), 1930
  • National Fire Protection Association is founded, Boston (MA), 1896
  • Halifax Poor House fire kills 31, Halifax (NS), 1882
  • First recorded use is made of a mechanical water tower, New York (NY), 1879
  • Great Boston Fire, loss worth $1,146 million (2003 dollars), Boston (MA), 1872
  • USS Mount Hood munitions explosion kills 373, Admiralty Islands, 1944
  • Coats boarding house fire kills 14, Pioneer (OH), 1979
  • Tinker AFB repair plant fire, loss worth $244 million (2003 dollars), Norman (OK), 1984
  • National Firemen’s Journal publishes first issue, 1877
  • St. Paul coal mine explosion kills 259, Cherry (IL), 1909
  • Hoechst Celanese Chemical fire, loss worth $348 million (2003 dollars), Pampa (TX), 1987
  • Stratford Apartments home hotel fire kills 25, Los Angeles (CA), 1973
  • Northwestern Mine explosion kills 31, Ravensdale (WA), 1915
  • Learn Not to Burn® Foundation is incorporated, Quincy (MA), 1986
  • Ballantyne Department Store fire kills 41, Christ Church, New Zealand, 1947
  • Gas storage area explosion kills 334, Mexico City, Mexico, 1984
  • Club Cinq Sept fire kills 143, St. Laurent du Pont, France, 1971
  • MGM Grand Hotel fire kills 85, Las Vegas (NV), 1980
  • Phillips Dance Hall & Martin’s Grocery, fire kills 25, Ville Platte (LA), 1919
  • Golden Age nursing home fire kills 63, Fitchville (OH), 1963
  • Home gas explosions kill 105, Danaciobasi, Turkey, 1980
  • Taeyokale Hotel fire kills 163, Seoul, Korea, 1971
  • Pakistani International B-707 in-flight fire kills 156, Saudi Arabia, 1979
  • Capitol International DC-8 post-crash fire kills 47, Anchorage (AK), 1970
  • Cocoanut Grove night club fire kills 492, Boston (MA), 1942
  • Hotel Concorde wedding reception fire kills 11, Margarita Isl., Venezuela, 1987
  • Boomer #2 coal mine explosion kills 23, Boomer (WV), 1915