Fire in America! 1976
by Lyons, Paul Robert; .Series: .Publisher: "Boston, Mass." ; National Fire Protection Association ; 1976Edition: 1st ed.Description: "xi, 244 p. : ill. ; 32 cm.".ISBN: 87765-059-4.Subject(s): Fire history | Arson | Volunteer fire departments | Paid fire departments | Hydrants | Circus fires | Circuses | Conflagrations | Fire apparatus | Hospital fires | Hotel fires | Marine fires | Nursing home fires | Theater fires | Riots | Fire alarms | Fire streams | Fire engines | Air raid fires | Bombings | Nuclear warfare | Amusement park fires | Church fires | School fires | Building fires | Highrise building fires | BLEVE | -- Charleston (S.C.) | -- Providence (R.I.) | -- Richmond (Va.) | -- Philadelphia (Pa.) | -- Savannah (Ga.) | -- Baltimore (Md.) | -- Newark (N.J.) | -- Washington (State) | -- New York (N.Y.) | -- San Francisco (Calif.) | -- Saint Louis (Mo.) | -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) | -- New Orleans (La.) | -- Cincinnati (Ohio) | -- Hobart (Okla.) | -- Illinois | -- New London (Tex.) | -- Honolulu (Hawaii) | -- Hamburg (Germany) | -- Nagasaki (Japan) | -- Hiroshima (Japan) | -- Arlington County (Va.) | -- Ville Platte (La.) | -- Texas City (Tex.) | -- Crescent City (Ill.) | -- Natchez (Miss.) | -- Boston (Mass.) | -- Dubuque (Iowa) | -- Atlanta (Ga.) | -- 1812 | -- 1871 | Crystal Palace Fire (New York, N.Y., 1858) | Civil War (1861-1865) | Chicago Fire (Chicago, Ill., 1871) | Peshtigo Fire (Wisconsin, 1871) | U.S. Patent Office Fire (Washington, D.C., 1877) | Baltimore Fire (Baltimore, Md., 1904) | Chelsea Fire (Chelsea, Mass., 1908) | Glen Cinema Fire (Paisley, Scotland, 1929) | Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire (New York, N.Y., 1911) | Asch Bulidng Fire (New York, N.Y., 1911) | Iroquois Theatre Fire (Chicago, Ill., 1903) | Tenant Manufacturing Building Fire (Newark, N.J., 1910) | Edison Phonograph Works Fire (West Orange, N.J., 1914) | Storage Battery House Fire (New York, N.Y., 1910) | Equitable Building Fire (New York, N.Y., 1912) | Equitable Building Fire (New York, N.Y., 1926) | Black Tom Island Disaster (N.J., 1916) | Grey Nunnery Fire (Montreal, Quebec, 1918) | Oklahoma State Hospital Fire (Norman, Okla., 1918) | Illinois State Hospital Fire (Dunning, Ill., 1923) | Babb Switch School Fire (Hobart, Okla., 1924) | Kinloch Mine Disaster (Parnassus, Pa., 1929) | New London Consolidated School Explosion (New London, Tex., 1937) | Rhythm Club Fire (Natchez, Miss., 1940) | Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (Boston, Mass., 1942) | Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster (Lakehurst, N.J., 1937) | World War II (1939-1945) | Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Tent Fire (Hartford, Conn., 1944) | Empire State Building (New York, N.Y.) | LaSalle Hotel Fire (Chicago, Ill., 1946) | Hotel Canfield Fire (Dubuque, Iowa, 1946) | Winecoff Hotel Fire (Atlanta, Ga., 1946) | St. Anthony Hospital Fire (Effingham, Ill., 1949) | Pentagon (Va.) | Bel-Air Fire (Los Angeles, Calif., 1961)Online resources: Click here to access online Summary:
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"Essentially, this is a history of fires in America. Chapter I covers arson and fires in Colonial times, from 1600-1800, and the Boston conflagrations, as well as those in Charleston, Providence, Richmond, Philadelphia, Savannah, Baltimore, Wilmington and Newark. This chapter also discusses the wartime use of fire and ship fires.; Chapter II covers the period 1801-1860. Some of the highlights include discussions of volunteer fire departments, the call for paid fire departments and development of the fire hydrant. Some of the fires covered include the Crystal Palace and Elm Street fire as well as fires in Washington, New York City, San Francisco, and the great fire in St. Louis, Missouri. The War of 1812 is also covered.; Chapter III deals with fires in the Civil War including the Shenandoah Valley, Georgia, the destruction of Richmond, the Battle of New Orleans and that of Mobile Bay as well as draft riots in NYC. Fire alarms and steam driven fire engines are also discussed.; Chapter IV highlights include the Great Chicago fire, the Peshtigo fire, the U. S. Patent Office fire and the Cincinnati incident.; Chapter V covers the period 1900-1940. Included are fires at the Iroquois Theatre, the Baltimore conflagration, the Chelsea conflagration, the Glen Cinema, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, and the Asch Building fire. Other fires include the Tenant Manufacturing Building, Edison Phonograph Works, Storage Battery House, the Equitable Building fires, the Black Tom Island Disaster, the Grey Nunnery, Oklahoma State Hospital, Illinois State Hospital, Dance Hall holocaust, the Hobart School fire, the Kinloch mine disaster, the [New] London, Texas school disaster, the Natchez Dance Hall tragedy and finally, the loss of the Hindenburg Zeppelin.; Chapter VI covers the years of World War II. Included are major fire storms including Honolulu air raid fires, Japanese fires, the bombing of Hamburg, Germany and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Also covered are the Hartford Circus disaster, the Cocoanut Grove panic, the fire aboard the Normandie (Normandy) and an incident at the Empire State building.; Chapter VII covers the years from 1946 to 1960. Some of the incidents included here are the Canfield Hotel, the Winecoff Hotel disaster, Texas City disaster, tragedy at St. Anthony's hospital and other fires at amusement parks, churches, schools and the Pentagon.; The final chapter, VIII, covers the years to 1976. Some of the articles are the Bel-Air conflagration, nursing home, hospital and tall building fires, as well as a BLEVE and vinyl chloride blast, and a riot disorder."
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