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An enormous blaze broke out at a fully occupied hotel in central New Delhi on Tuesday morning, killing at least 17

NYT


2/7/1904: The Great Baltimore Fire begins

HxC

“…..When the blaze finally burned down after 31 hours, an 80-block area of the downtown area had been destroyed and more than 1,500 buildings were completely leveled….”


Fire engulfs an apartment block in Paris, killing at least 8 and injuring 36; thought to be arson

Reuters


1/27/2002: Explosions at a military depot in Lagos, Nigeria, trigger a stampede of fleeing people, during which more than 1,000 people are killed.

HxC


Pipeline explosion: 73 dead so far (‘People’s skin came off’)


Mexico: A gas pipeline in Hidalgo exploded on Friday night, killing at least 21

NYT

 


Paris: A gas leak had been reported in the Hubert bakery and firefighters had been on their way to deal with it when the explosion occurred and injured at least 20.

BBC


12/30/1903, the deadliest theater fire in U.S. history: A fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois, kills more than 600 people.

History


12/17/1961: A fire at a circus in Brazil kills more than 300 people and severely burns hundreds more.

History


12/8/1881: A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, kills at least 620 people and injures hundreds more

History

  • The theater’s iron fire curtain was not lowered
  • Available water hoses were not used immediately.
  • The stage managers panicked and shut off the gas totally, cutting off light in the theater.
  • The balconies became clogged as the exits jammed.
  • A fire brigade brought ladders, but they were too short to reach even the first balcony.
  • Some people jumped from the balconies, not only killing themselves but also crushing people on the ground floor.

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