Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.


Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Friday, January 21, 2011

AIRLINER DOWN - 1931


On New Year's Eve 1931, an American Airways flight crashed east of Springfield, claiming the lives of four of the five people aboard. The single-engine Fairchild Pilgrim 100A, which stopped at Columbus on a flight from Cleveland to Louisville, went down in a muddy field near Brighton in Harmony Township. The sole-survivor, pilot Lewis L. Bowen, said his aircraft "was flying low when it went into a barrel roll," according to the Associated Press.

RUNAWAY RAIL CAR

UPDATED OCTOBER 2011

On Oct. 13, 1946, a refrigerated railroad freight car smashed into the lobby of the Frances Hotel in downtown Springfield, Ohio. There were no serious injuries. The car was one of three that derailed from a New York Central train, according to an Associated Press report printed in the Telegraph newspaper of Nashua, New Hampshire. The accident caused damage estimated at $100,000 by William Wendl, manager of the hotel, according to an AP dispatch in the Baltimore Sun. A wrecking crane removed the car from the lobby.

75 YEARS FOR BOX 27


Photo: Springfield Fire-Rescue Division
In October 2010, Box 27 Associates, the volunteer organization that assists firefighters at major blazes and disasters, celebrated its 75th anniversary. Box 27 operates from Fire Station No. 4 on Lagonda Avenue.

FALLING BRICKS

Photo: Springfield News-Sun

On Nov. 27, 2009, Springfield firefighters responded to the old Crowell-Collier building where a section of bricks crumbled to the street and sidewalk. There were no injuries.