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2003
The Station Nightclub Fire - West Warwick, RI
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On the night of February 20, 2003, the band Great White was performing at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Just after 11 p.m., near the beginning of the show, some pyrotechnics were set off behind the performers. These set fire to the soundproofing foam on the sides of the drummer's alcove. The fire rapidly spread to the ceiling, and panic ensued. Most of the 400 people at the concert attempted to leave the club through the front entrance, as black smoke filled the club?s interior. A pileup occurred at the entrance, trapping people inside. 96 people died in the smoke and flames, among them was Great White?s guitarist, Ty Longley. Another 35 people were injured, including four who later died.
2002
Al Ayyat Train Disaster - Reqqa al-Gharb?ya, G?za, Egypt
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On February 20, 2002,at 2 a.m., an 11-car passenger train running from Cairo to Luxor, Egypt, caught fire from an exploded cooking gas cylinder. The fire spread as the train ran. Seven of its cars were burned, and 383 people died, either from the fire or while jumping from the train. 65 other people were injured. The fire was eventually extinguished at Reqqa al-Gharb?ya, a village near Al `Ayyat town, in G?za province. In Islam, it was the Hajj time, and it was the Muslim holy day Bairam. Because of this, the train was overloaded. Cars that should have carried 150 people, carried 300 or more.
1947
O'Connor Electro-Plating Company Explosion - Los Angelas, CA
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At 9:45 a.m. on February 14, 1947, just south of Downtown Los Angelas at 926 East Pico Boulevard, a blast leveled the factory of the O'Connor Electroplating Company. The factory was in the manufacturing district on Pico Boulevard between Stanford Avenue and Paloma Street. The explosion also destroyed or damaged 116 buildings in a four block area, injured 150 people, killed 15 people, opened a crater 22 feet wide and 6 feet deep, left telephone and electrical wires dangling in the streets, shattered windows across a 1-square-mile area, and was felt as far away as Long Beach and the San Fernando Valley. It was believed that staff chemist Robert Magee was experimenting with using volatile perchloric acid to polish aluminum when the blast occurred. After the explosion, the bodies of Magee, age 35, and his assistant, Alice Iba, age 22, were never found. A 15-foot pipe was hurled over a four-story building and landed a block away, killing a 10-year-old boy riding his bike. Rescue workers pulled dead and injured people, body parts, and dead cats and dogs from the rubble. Some of the employees of the plating company were stained green from chemicals. This incident resulted in Los Angelas' first ordinance regarding hazardous chemicals. It also led to one of the first Hazmat Dictionary's in the United States.
1890
Amsterdam Theater Fire - Amsterdam, Netherlands

1768
First American Fire Insurance Company - Philadelphia, PA


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Notes

1.The section of calls we've responded to has been compiled from fire company records, newspapers, and other sources. Listings for years prior to 1981 might be incomplete.
2.The listing of local incidents is for incidents that happened around our local area, including some from Lykens for which the fire company was not dispatched. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents listed here have been gathered from public sources.
3.The listing of other noteworthy incidents includes incidents from anywhere outside our local area (for which we were not dispatched). Also included in this section are historical events from our fire company, Lykens, or around the world. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents and events listed here have been gathered from public sources.
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