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

Monday, January 23, 2012

BASE FIRES

On Nov. 21, 1961, a fire at Wright Paterson Air Force Base, located between Springfield and Dayton, killed two firefighters.

Dale Kelcher and William Collins were last seen alive entering the headquarters of the Air Force logistics command, which took fire at about 11 p.m. that night. [Top two photos]

Four days later, another major fire gutted a building at the base. [Bottom photo]

Both blazes were deemed accidental.