Recent Major Fire News: Multi-Fatality Fires Around the Nation, On-Duty Deaths

January 8-15, 2016

This week there were a number of reports of multi-fatality fires from around the country, including cases in which entire families were killed. There were three reported firefighter on-duty deaths, as well as a Texas medical death from November 2015 reported to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Four Found Dead After Rochester (NY) Fire

Authorities say the bodies of four adults have been found inside a home after a late-night fire was reported at the residence.

Family of Four Killed in OH Explosion

Investigators examined the burned wreckage of a home Tuesday to determine what caused an explosion and extensive fire that killed a family of four in northeast Ohio.

IL Fire Kills Five

Five members of a family were killed Wednesday when an early morning fire swept through their Rock Falls home, officials said.

Three Killed in IA Mobile Home Fire

Three people were found dead and one was injured in a mobile home fire in the southeast Iowa city of Montrose.

NC Firefighter Dies While Responding to Call

Joshua Mequaine Woods, 24, was killed Tuesday in a traffic accident while responding to a call.

IL Firefighter Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

Oak Park (IL) Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth K. Harris died after suffering cardiac arrest following a shift.

WY Deputy Chief Dies from Injuries Sustained in Fire

Fremont County (WY) Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Clarence “Speed” Hartbank, 79, has passed away after succumbing to injuries he sustained in a fire.

Firefighters Bail Out, Two Children Killed in DE Fire

Firefighters were forced to bail out of a Wilmington residential fire that claimed the lives of two young girls.

Retired FDNY Firefighter Honored in City Hall Ceremony

Retired FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer–who is currently suffering stage 4 cancer from his time at Ground Zero–was honored by the city of New York.

Video: Research Suggests Decreased Time to to Escape Home Fire

Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today, you have only three or four minutes.


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