|Seige of Constantinople|
The history of fire stations dates back all the way to ancient Egypt. The first fire brigade in Rome dates back to 115 BC and was operated by Marcus Licinius Crassus. There were 100 fires per day in Rome alone.
64 - Great Fire of Rome.
532 - The Nika riots result in the destruction of much of Constantinople by fire.
1135 - One of the two Great Medieval Fires of London. It destroyed most of the city between St Paul's and St Clement Danes in Westminster.
1204 - Constantinople burned three times during the Fourth Crusade.
1212 - One of the two Great Medieval Fires of London. Also known as the Great Fire of Suthwark, while trying to flee the city, up to 3,000 people died on London Bridge.
1421 - First Great Fire of Amsterdam.
1452 - Second Great Fire of Amsterdam, three quarters of the city destroyed.
1676 - Jamestown, VA Nathanial Bacon and his followers burned Jamestown to prevent Governor Berkley from using it as a base.
1666 - Great London Fire.
1728 - Copenhagen Fire of 1728, two-fifths of the city burned down during three days. 3,650 families became homeless.
Great New Orleans Fire.
1835 - New York
1838 - Charleston
1839 - Mobile, AL
1845 - Philadelphia
1848 - Albany
1849 - St. Louis, first US firefighter killed in the line of duty.
1851 - Cincinnati suffers major fire while volunteer firefighters riot. City commissions building of steam engine and organizes salaried department, fires also in Buffalo and Philadelphia.
Richmond, Virginia burned by retreating Confederates.
1871 - Great Chicago Fire.
1878 - The Great Fire of Hong Kong, destroyed 350 to 400 buildings across more than 10 acres (40,000 m2) of central Hong Kong.
1906 - San Francisco earthquake and fire.
|WWII Air Raid Fire, London|
Air-raids during World War II resulting in some of the world's deadliest fires:
- 1940 - Bombing of Rotterdam, 14 May 1940, forcing the capitulation of the Dutch government, 800 killed, 24.000 houses destroyed, 80.000 homeless.
- 1940 - The Second Great Fire of London, one of the most destructive air raids of The Blitz. 1,500 killed.
- 1943 - Hamburg, 45,000 killed (largest in an air-raid on Germany).
- 1943 - Kassel, 10,000 killed.
- 1944 - Braunschweig, 2,600 killed but 30,000 rescued.
- 1944 - Darmstadt, 12,000 killed.
- 1944 - Heilbronn, 6,500 killed.
- 1945 - Dresden, around 30,000 killed in firestorm during one of the most controversial Allied air-raids.
- 1945 - Pforzheim, a quarter of the town's population (17,000) killed.
- 1945 - Tokyo, causing the largest urban conflagration in history. Over 100,000 killed.
- 1945 - Würzburg, 5,000 killed.
- 1945 - Kobe, 8,800 killed.
- 1945 - Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two large city fires, one in Hiroshima and one in Nagasaki.
September 11, 2001 - al-Quaida terrorists attack the World Trade Center in New York City.
More Images from Fire History
More Images from Fire History
|Carvings from Zorostorian Fire Temples|
|Aztec Fire God, Huehueteotl|
|Aztec Censer of Fire God Quetzalpapalotl c 250-550|
|Ancient Greeks Employing Fire in Warfare|
|Rome Burning, 64 AD|
|Siege of Constantinople, 1453|
|Depiction of Fire Scene, 1730|
|Firefighting in London, 1808|
|New York Fire, 1835|
|The Great Chicago Fire|