Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Fires/Wildfires’ Category

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


  • 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.

12/5/1876: A fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York kills nearly 300 people and injures hundreds more



12/1/1958: A fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago kills 90 students and 3 nuns.




A Gender Reveal Wildfire: How stupid can one get!

The Camp Fire’s death toll has increased to 88, with 203 remain missing


“……The wildfire, the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history, was contained on Sunday after burning for 17 days. It ravaged 153,336 acres (240 square miles). …..”

11/18/1987: A fire in King’s Cross underground station kills 30 commuters and injures scores of others.


San Francisco’s air quality index hits 271


Here’s the full list, with each city’s Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) reading within the last hour (11/16/18):

1. Stockton, CA (157.4)

2. San Francisco, CA (137.9)

3. Oakland, CA (135.6)

4. Patna, India (132.6)

5. Sacramento, CA (129.4)

6. Varanasi, India (116.2)

7. Muzaffarpur, India (114.7)

8. San Jose, CA (113.4)

9. Turpan, China (109.2)

10. Darbhanga, India (106.4)

The list of people who are unaccounted for as a result of the Camp Fire in Northern California has 1,011 entries.


Camp Fire: 63 dead, 631 deemed missing

Mercury News


42 deaths & 200 missing: Camp Fire becomes deadliest in California’s history


“…..The Camp Fire, which decimated Paradise, has already burned about 117,000 acres and is only about 30 percent contained.….”


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