This monthly series follows significant fire, rescue, and emergency incidents that occurred in June and July 2020.
(Note: For the greater part of this period, these incidents occurred within a global environment of the COVID-19 pandemic and “Black Lives Matter” protests and conflagrations that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.)
> June 4
Nine Firefighters Hospitalized After Explosion on Auto Hauler Ship in Florida
Nine Jacksonville firefighters were hurt when a fire and then explosion rocked an auto hauler ship at Blount Island, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
> June 8
LAFD: Blaze Destroys Downtown Business
At 3:21 p.m. the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of S. Kohler Street. Heavy fire ripped through a produce business in downtown Los Angeles, leaving the building in ruins.
> June 10
FDNY: Seven Injured in Queens House Fire
At least seven people, including two firefighters, were injured after flames ripped through a Queens home in the Corona section early Wednesday, June 9, the FDNY said. The fire burned on the second and third floors.
> July 1
Two adults, child killed in NC Crash; Responding Fire Truck Runs Over Woman
Three people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed in a multivehicle collision on NC 410 in Columbus County early Tuesday morning; four died. A 58-year-old woman was lying on the shoulder of the road when first responders arrived and was run over by a fire truck.
> July 6
Man, Son Die in Brooklyn, New York, Apartment Fire
A man and his 12-year-old son were killed in a house fire in Ulster County after the father pushed his young daughter to safety.
> July 12
An explosion and fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard at the Naval Base in San Diego injured 56 people, according to military officials.
> July 13
Tractor Trailer Crashes, Causes Huge Fireball on New Jersey Turnpike
A tractor trailer carrying 8,800 gallons of diesel fuel overturned on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike in East Rutherford, creating a massive fireball.
MARY JANE DITTMAR is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and conference manager of FDIC. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism and a master’s degree in communication arts.