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

1970s & BEYOND


Crowell Collier - 1999

Springfield, Ohio

  • Penn Central Freight House fire (300 S. Limestone) - Aug. 25, 1970
  • D.T.I. Freight House fire (300 S. Limestone) - Oct. 9, 1970
  • Helkensen Paper Box fire (714 Rubsam) - April 9, 1971
  • Midwest Rug Cleaners fire (R-230 Chestnut) - June 18, 1971
  • Ronez Homes fire (Belmont & Home Rd) - Aug. 7, 1971
  • B&M Fiberglass fire (350 S. Fountain) - Aug. 9, 1971. Several firefighters jumped from roof to escape flames, fueled by resins and solvents. [Roberds] 
  • Yannucci’s Restaurant fire (1725 W. Main St) - March 7, 1972
  • Springfield Furniture fire (502 W. Euclid) - Aug. 28, 1972
  • Credit Life fire (204 S. Lowery) - Sept. 2, 1972
  • Kar Gard muffler shop fire (2100 S. Limestone) - Oct. 21, 1972. 3 alarms. Roof collapsed. Firefighters had narrow escape. [Roberds]
  • Ebners Junk Yard fire (North & Water) - 1973
  • Xenia tornado - April 3, 1974. Tornado killed 32 people.
  • Ohio Edison generating plant - 1976
  • Tower Hall fire, Wittenberg University - Feb. 1, 1977; 3 alarms with fire on 6th floor; 4 students, 4 firefighters injured; 2 students rescued by Truck 7's aerial ladder. [Wittenberg press release, Springfield Daily News]
  • Locomotive derailment at Skelgas Co. - April 4, 1978
  • Group home fire, multiple fatalities - 1978

    1980s and 1990s
  • Ohio Masonic Home - Jan. 10, 1982
  • Kelsey-Hayes warehouse fire, Aug. 27,1984
  • Crash of twin engine Piper Navaho aircraft (1907 Kenton St.) - Jan. 3, 1989; pilot Mark Garrett Annest died; responding fire companies included Engine 6. [Family seeking information, contact Fire Journal editor.]
  • Coventry Village fire (2354 North Limestone St.) - 1994
  • I-70 chemical incident - Aug. 10,1995
  • Crowell-Collier fire - May 10, 1999. General alarm.

    21st CENTURY
  • Firefighter Brian Fleming died in line of duty - July 17, 2005. Illness. [Springfield News-Sun]
  • R.D. Holder Oil Co. fire (Folk Ream Road, Clark County) - April 19, 2012. [Dayton Daily News]
  • Carter Jewelers Co. fire (Fountain Avenue and Main Street) - Feb. 10, 2013
  • McMurray's Irish Pub fire (122 East College Ave.) - June 7, 2013 
  • Unusual Incident -  Jan. 13, 2014. Rescue 1/Hazmat 1 assisted police at scene of "chemical suicide" near Springfield's municipal stadium. Note in vehicle warned of presence of hydrogen sulfide.
  • Tri-State Pallet fire (Monroe and Gallagher streets) - Jan. 6, 2015