Fire timeline

  • Great Fire of London

    The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to... Read more

  • The St. Louis Great Fire

    The St. Louis Fire of 1849 was a devastating fire that occurred on May 17, 1849 and destroyed a significant part of St. Louis, Missouri and many of... Read more

  • Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead

    On the morning of Friday, the 6th inst., between twelve and one o’clock, a fire broke out in the worsted manufactory of Messrs. Wilson and Sons, in... Read more

  • Brooklyn Theater Fire

    Miss Kate Claxton reclined on a pallet of straw as she played the part of Louise, the blind girl in the popular melodrama of the times, “The Two... Read more

  • Great Thumb Forest Fire

    In the Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan, a widespread drought had begun to dry out pastures, crops, wells and, eventually, forests. The... Read more

  • Theatre Royal Fire

    On the 5th September 1887, on the first night of a romantic comedy called Romany Rye, and with an audience of 800, a naked gas flame ignited some... Read more

  • Great Hinckley Fire

    The Great Hinckley Fire was a major conflagration on September 1, 1894, which burned an area of 420 square miles (1,100 km2) centered on the town... Read more

  • Prescott's Great Fire

    Prescott is home to the historical area known as "Whiskey Row", until 1956 a notorious red-light district. In 1900, a great fire destroyed most of... Read more

  • Couronnes Disaster - Paris Métro Fire

    The first sign of trouble was at 6:53 p.m., when double train 43 completed the climb to Boulevard Barbès station with heavy smoke pouring from one... Read more

  • Collinwood School Fire

    The COLLINWOOD SCHOOL FIRE occurred on 4 Mar. 1908, killing 172 children and 2 teachers at Lakeview Elementary School in the village of COLLINWOOD.... Read more

  • Chicago Crib Disaster

    The temporary Crib used in the construction of the Southwest Land and Lake Tunnel System, situated on the line of the tunnel seventy-five hundred... Read more

  • Cleveland Clinic Fire

    The Cleveland Clinic fire was a major structure fire at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 1929. It started in the basement of the... Read more

  • Ohio Penitentiary Fire

    On April 21, 1930, the Ohio Penitentiary experienced the worst disaster in its history. A terrible fire broke out in the early evening, eventually... Read more

  • Seacliff Asylum Fire

    At about 9.45 pm on Tuesday 8 December, 1942, fire broke out in Ward 5. This ward was a two-storeyed wooden building which had been added onto the... Read more

  • Gulf Hotel Fire

    Forty-eight men perished when fire swept a small, ancient hotel here today. Forty-four of them never got out of the three-story Gulf Hotel at... Read more

  • St. Anthony's Hospital Fire

    The death toll in the St. Anthony's hospital fire, which investigators believed may have been fed by fresh paint and varnish, was set at 66 today... Read more

  • Mercy Hospital Fire

    A fire in the mental ward of Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa killed 41 people today. "The flames spread rapidly through the 60-year-old brick... Read more

  • Titan Missile Silo Fire

    On August 9, 1965, 53 contract workers were killed in a fire in the Titan missile silo outside of Searcy, in one the largest industrial accidents... Read more

  • Sunshine Mine Fire

    A fire of as yet undetermined origin was detected by Sunshine employees at approximately 11:35 a.m. on May 2, 1972. At that time, smoke and gas... Read more

  • Summerland Disaster

    More than 30 people have died in a fire which has gutted a £2m leisure resort in the Isle of Man. Initial reports suggest the blaze, which... Read more

  • Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

    The Beverly Hills nightclub in Southgate, Kentucky, was destroyed in a disastrous fire in 1977 in which 165 people perished. The club had a... Read more

  • Cinema Rex Fire

    On August 20, 1978, in the Cinema Rex fire, the Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, was set ablaze, killing over 400 individuals. The ruling shah,... Read more

  • Dupont Plaza Hotel Arson

    A fire that occurred during the afternoon of 31 Dec. 1986 in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, claimed 97 lives and injured more... Read more

  • King's Cross Fire

    On Nov. 18, 1987, a flash fire engulfed an old wooden escalator at the King's Cross underground station. Thirty one people perished in that... Read more

  • Baku Metro Fire

    A disastrous fire in the subway of Baku, the capitol of Azerbaijan, occured on Saturday the 28th of October 1995. The fire caused the death of 289... Read more