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The deadliest incidents for firefighters

Nineteen firefighters died battling a wildfire in Arizona over the weekend, the deadliest incident for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The deadliest incidents for firefighters

A wildfire burns in Yarnell, Ariz. Authorities say 19 firefighters died trying to battle the blaze. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)
A wildfire burns in Yarnell, Ariz. Authorities say 19 firefighters died trying to battle the blaze. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

Nineteen firefighters died battling a wildfire in Arizona over the weekend, the deadliest incident for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there have been 40 other disasters in the United States in which eight or more firefighters were killed. Six of those incidents -- 15 percent of the total -- happened in the Philadelphia region. That's more than anywhere in the country other than Chicago, where six of the deadliest disasters occurred in the city, and one in a southwest suburb.

Here's the full list of deadly disasters from the association:

1. Sept. 11, 2001: World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York City; 340 fatalities
2. Aug, 20, 1910: Wildland fire in Silverton, Idaho; 86 fatalities
3. Oct. 3, 1933: Wildland fire in Los Angeles; 29 fatalities
4. April 16-17, 1947: Ship explosion in Texas City, Texas; 27 fatalities
5. Dec. 22, 1910: Meat packing plant fire in Chicago; 21 fatalities
6. Feb.17, 1882: Fireworks plant fire in Chester; 19 fatalities
6. July 19, 1956: Refinery fire in Dumas, Texas; 19 fatalities
8. July 9, 1953: Wildland fire in Mendocino National Forest in California; 15 fatalities
8. Aug. 21, 1937: Wildland fire in Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming; 15 fatalities
10. July 6, 1994: Wildland fire in Glenwood Springs, Colo.; 14 fatalities
11. March 17, 1890: Store fire in Indianapolis; 13 fatalities
11. Dec. 21, 1910: Fire at leather manufacturer in Philadelphia; 13 fatalities
11. March 10, 1941: Theater fire in Brockton, Mass.; 13 fatalities
11. Aug. 5, 1949: Wildland fire in Helena, Mont.; 13 fatalities
15. July 10, 1893: Cold storage warehouse fire in Chicago; 12 fatalities
15. Sept. 5, 1896: Theater fire in Benton Harbor, Miss.; 12 fatalities
15. Oct. 17, 1966: Mercantile buildings fire in New York City; 12 fatalities
15. Nov. 1, 1966: Wildland fire in Angeles National Forest in California; 12 fatalities
15. July 5, 1973: Railroad tanker fire in Kingman, Ariz.; 12 fatalities
20. Oct. 1, 1943: Wildland fire in Cleveland National Forest in California; 11 fatalities
20. Nov. 24, 1956: Wildand fire in Cleveland National Forest in California; 11 fatalities
22. Oct. 19, 1857: Fire and wall collapse at stores and warehouses in Chicago; 10 fatalities
22. Oct. 28, 1954: Chemcial plant explosion in Philadelphia; 10 fatalities
22. July 23, 1984: Oil refinery fire in Romeoville, Ill.; 10 fatalities
25. June 19, 1867: Theater fire in Philadelphia; 9 fatalities
25. Nov. 9, 1872: Great Boston Fire; 9 fatalities
25. April 9, 1894: Theater fire in Milwaukee, 9 fatalities
25. Feb. 3, 1939: Restaurant fire in Syracuse, N.Y.; 9 fatalities
25. Jan. 28, 1961: Cold storage warehouse fire in Chicago; 9 fatalities
25. Jan. 17, 1950: Construction site fire in Colorado Springs, Colo.; 9 fatalities
25. June 17, 1972: Fire at building under renovation in Boston; 9 fatalities
25. June 18, 2007: Furniture store/warehouse fire in Charleston, S.C.; 9 fatalities
25. Aug. 5, 2008: Wildfire helicopter crash near Weaverville, Calif; 9 fatalities
34. July 9, 1850: Wharf fire in Philadelphia; 8 fatalities
34. Oct. 26, 1913: Fire at rubber products manufacturer in Milawaukee; 8 fatalities
34. April 18, 1924: Fire at leather product storage facility in Chicago; 8 fatalities
34. Aug. 1, 1932: Hotel fire in New York City; 8 fatalities
34. July 9, 1943: Fire at mixed-commercial building in Chicago; 8 fatalities
34. Aug. 17, 1975: Oil refinery fire in Philadelphia; 8 fatalities
34. Aug. 24, 2003: Van crash while returning from wildland fire in Roseburg, Oreg.; 8 fatalities

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