The Great Bellows Falls Fire – Bellows Falls, Vermont – March 26, 1912

WHAT: City/Building Fire WHEN: March 26, 1912 WHERE: Bellows Falls, Vermont FATALITIES: Zero dead – three building and numerous businesses were destroyed What proved to be the most disastrous fire as far as loss of property was concerned, that ever visited Bellows Falls, broke out Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock, and before It was extinguished,…

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Rock Island Train Wreck – Green Mountain, Iowa

WHAT: Train wreck WHEN: March 21, 1910 – 8:17 a.m. WHERE: Between Green Mountain and Gladbrook, Iowa FATALITIES: 52 dead, 39 injured From the front page of the La Crosse Tribune, Monday, March 21, 1910: The worst wreck in the history of Iowa railroading occurred at 8:17 a. m. today four miles north of Green…

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Gulf Hotel Fire – September 7, 1943

Fifty-five men, many of them elderly and living off government relief, died in the early morning of September 7, 1943 in the worst hotel fire in Houston, Texas history. The fire started around 12:10 a.m. the front desk clerk was alerted to a problem on the second floor. A lit cigarette inadvertently caused a mattress…

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The Terminal Hotel Fire – Atlanta, Georgia

WHAT: Hotel fire WHEN: May 16, 1938 around 3:00am WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia FATALITIES: 35 dead, as many as 15 injured On May 16, 1938 the most disastrous fire in Atlanta’s history at time based on the loss of life, broke out in the kitchen of the Terminal Hotel. Located in the Hotel Row District in Atlanta at the corner of Spring and…

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Barton Hotel Fire, Chicago, Illinois – February 12, 1955

WHAT: Hotel fire WHEN: February 12, 1955 WHERE: Chicago, Illinois FATALITIES: 29 HUMAN TORCH BLAMED FOR START OF FIRE At approximately 2 a.m. on the morning on February 12, 1955, C.W. Harvey, night manager of a  West Madison Street (Skid Row) flophouse called the Barton Hotel heard a commotion coming from the second floor of the 49 year-old hotel…

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Kerns Hotel Fire – December 11, 1934

  Around 5:30 a.m. on the morning of December 11, 1934 a fire broke out at the Kerns Hotel in Lansing, Michigan. The hotel, built in 1909, was four stories tall and originally contained 162 rooms at a cost of over $50,000. The hotel was a very popular place in Lansing. Communities members and state politicians enjoyed…

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Golden Age Nursing Home Fire – November 23, 1963

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Nursing home fire WHEN: November 23, 1963 approx. 4:50am WHERE: Norwalk, Ohio CASUALTIES: 63 dead, over 25 injured Largely forgotten due to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy the previous day, The Golden Age Nursing Home fire is considered the second worse nursing home fire ( in the history of the country with 63…

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