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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

1910s


Springfield, Ohio

  • H.V. Bretney Tannery fire - Dec. 3, 1912 (Also listed as Dec. 12)
  • Great Dayton-Springfield Flood - March 12, 1913
  • Firefighter Dennis Sheehan died in line of duty - Nov. 20, 1913. Sheehan died after surgery at City Hospital from injury sustained at fire several weeks earlier. [Newspaper] Beggans Store fire - Jan. 22, 1914
  • Kearms & Lechschuety’s Plant fire - March 6, 1914
  • Robbins & Myers Co. fire (Lagonda Ave) - Dec. 12, 1914 - Started 4 p.m. $175,000 damage.
  • Superintendent of Fire Alarm Lawrence Bosley died in line of duty - Sept. 23, 1915. Died of injuries sustained in fall from fire alarm telegraph pole (Main Street west of Burnett Road). [Springfield Daily News]
  • Theo. Frank Stables fire (26 N. Fountain Ave) - Aug. 21, 1916
  • O.S. Kelly Co. fire  (Limestone and Warder) - Nov. 15, 1926. $ 175,000 damage .
  • Buffalo Springfield Road Roller Co. fire $500,000 damage. - April 11, 1917
  • Columbia Theater collapse - Sept. 28, 1917. Fire workers killed by falling roof during renovation. [springfieldhashistory.com]
  • Clark County Courthouse fire - March 12, 1918 - General alarm. $1 million damage. [Roberds, The Sun]
  • Influenza outbreak. 5,000 infected.
  • Kresge's five and ten cent store fire - Nov. 7, 1919. Firefighter Walter Reinheimer injured, died Jan. 3, 1920 [Springfield Daily News]