List of transportation fires

This is a list of transportation fires where a ship or other transportation has caught on fire.

List of transportation fires

Ship fires

Train and rail fires

Bus fires

  • 1988 – Carrollton, Kentucky, bus collision—27 deaths on May 14, one of the deadliest bus disasters in US history
  • 1992 – Chien-Kang Bus Fire (健康幼稚園火燒車事件) – one bus carrying 50 kindergarten students, teachers, and parents caught fire at Taoyuan City (now Taoyuan District) on their way to the Leofoo Amusement Park, killing 23 and injuring 9
  • 1997 – Bus fire, Guangdong, China – bus caught fire on expressway, killing 39 passengers.
  • 2003 – Chun-Lung Bus Fire (尊龍客運高速公路火燒車事故)—A charter bus caught fire at Taipei County killing 6 and injuring 4
  • 2005 – A bus catches fire in Wilmer, Texas while evacuating nursing home residents from incoming Hurricane Rita.[10]
  • 2007 – Comilla bus caught fire in Bangladesh, at least fifty-five killed on January 6.
  • 2008 – Lower Saxony: A bus caught fire presumably due to a passenger smoking in the toilet on the A2 Autobahn (Expressway) in Germany, 20 killed on November 4[11]
  • 2008 – Boromo bus caught fire in Balé Province, Burkina Faso, sixty-seven killed on November 15
  • 2008 – Firozabad bus caught fire in Uttar Pradesh, India, killing sixty-three on December 9.
  • 2009 – Chengdu bus fire, a mass murder–suicide attack Chengdu, Sichuan, China, results in 27 deaths on June 5
  • 2010 – During the Mount Carmel forest fire, a bus that was transporting prison guards was caught up in a wildfire as they made their way to evacuate a nearby prison, resulting in the death of 40 guards as flames overwhelmed the bus[12]
  • 2011 – Xinyang bus fire kills at least 41 people in Xinyang, Henan, China, on 22 July.
  • 2013 – A bus fire in Xiamen, China, believed to be an act of arson, killed 47 and injured 30.[13]
  • 2013 – Volvo bus fire killed 45 Hyderabad-Bengaluru Highway in India.[14]
  • 2014 – Colombia bus fire killed 32 children who had just attended a church service in the city of Fundación 18 May 2014.[15]
  • 2014 – Six people died and dozens were injured in a bus terminal fire near Seoul, South Korea on 26 May 2014.[16]
  • 2016 – Taoyuan City coach fire killing 24 Mainland Chinese tourists with its Taiwanese driver and tour guide.[17]
  • 2016 – New York State Adirondack Trailways bus destroyed by brake fire.
  • 2018 – 52 passengers died in 2018 Kazakhstan bus fire, all Uzbek migrants travelling to Russia.

Road fires

Tanker truck fires and explosions

Other fires

See also


  1. ^ "SS Hankow gutted by fire after a typhoon. SS Hankow, a Hong Kong paddle steamer, pictured in harbour shortly after a fire gutted her interior, claiming 100 lives. Related photographs suggest the boat may have been one of many vessels affected by a devastating typhoon that struck Hong Kong on 18 September. Hong Kong, China, circa 14 October 1906., Hong Kong, China, People's Republic of, Eastern Asia, Asia". SuperStock. 1906-10-14. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  2. ^ "Weathering the Storm" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-31.
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  4. ^ Fung, May; So, Sanna (1997-01-26). "Black days in HK's history". The Standard. Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ "NOSTALGIC account on Big Indian ocean liners called at Penang". July 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Fatal Fire on Cruise Ship MS NORDLYS | MaritimeMatters | Cruise ship news and ocean liner history". MaritimeMatters. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  7. ^ "Dramatic Video: Raging fire kills 2 on Norwegian cruise ship". YouTube. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  8. ^ Sandler, Eric (30 April 2014). "Train catches fire in Lynchburg, Va., derailment". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  9. ^ Riordan Seville, Lisa (30 April 2014). "Oil Train Derails and Catches Fire in Lynchburg, Virginia". NBC News. Archived from the original on 16 April 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. ^ "NTSB Determines Cause of Bus Fire in Texas that Killed 23 during Hurricane Rita Evacuation" (Press release). National Transportation Safety Board. 21 February 2007. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  11. ^ Simonsen, Stefan (4 November 2008). "A2 bei Hannover: 20 Menschen sterben bei Bus-Brand". Stern (in German). Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  12. ^ Lappin, Yaakov (12 February 2010). "40 prison guards dead after bus engulfed in fire". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  13. ^ "China bus fire kills 47". The Guardian. Associated Press. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  14. ^ Sreenivasulu, D. (30 October 2013). "45 killed as bus goes up in flames on Hyderabad-Bangalore highway". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Colombia school bus catches fire, dozens of children killed". Herald Globe. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Fire in South Korea bus terminal leaves six dead". Seoul News.Net. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Breaking: 26 dead in tour bus blaze". The China Post. Associated Press. 19 July 2016. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  18. ^ "The Disaster Story". Kingman Arizona Historic District. All About Kingman LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
List of town and city fires

This is a list of major urban conflagrations. Before the 20th century, fires were a major hazard to urban areas and the cause of massive amounts of damage to cities.

For notable fires that involved a single structure, see list of building or structure fires. Other lists record wildfires (including forest fires) and transportation fires, though those that caused significant urban damage also appear on that list.

Lists of disasters

The following are lists of disasters.

Sinking of MV Conception

The sinking of MV Conception occurred on September 2, 2019, when the 75-foot (23 m) dive boat caught fire and eventually sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California, United States. The boat was anchored overnight at Platts Harbor, a small undeveloped bay on the north shore of the island, with 33 passengers and 1 crew member asleep below decks when fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Five of the crew members, whose sleeping quarters were on the top deck, were forced by the fire to jump overboard but not before placing an initial mayday call to the Coast Guard and attempting to alert the passengers. The crew retrieved the Conception's skiff and motored to a nearby boat where a second radio dispatch was made. The loss of the boat spurred a rescue operation by the United States Coast Guard.It is the worst maritime disaster in California since the sinking of the Brother Jonathan in 1865, and the deadliest in the United States overall since the USS Iowa turret explosion in 1989.

Valhalla train crash

On the evening of February 3, 2015, a commuter train on Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line struck a passenger car at a grade crossing near Valhalla, New York, United States, between the Valhalla and Mount Pleasant stations, killing six people and injuring 15 others, seven very seriously. The crash is the deadliest in Metro-North's history, as well as at the time the deadliest rail accident in the United States since the June 2009 Washington Metro train collision, which killed eight passengers and injured 80.The crash occurred after traffic on the adjacent Taconic State Parkway had been detoured onto local roads following a car accident that closed the road in one direction. At the grade crossing, a sport utility vehicle (SUV) driven by Ellen Brody of nearby Edgemont was caught between the crossing gates when they descended onto the rear of her car as the train approached from the south. Instead of backing into the space another driver had created for her, she went forward onto the tracks. Brody died when her vehicle was struck by the train; as her vehicle was pushed along the tracks it loosened more than 450 feet (140 m) of third rail, which broke into sections and went through the exterior of the first car, killing five passengers and starting a fire.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) focused on two issues in the accident — how the passengers were killed, since that rarely occurs in grade crossing collisions, and why Brody went forward into the train's path. After an unusually long delay for such investigations that it declined to explain, the board's 2017 final report found no defects with the vehicles, the crossing signage and associated traffic signal preemption, or the train engineer's performance. It found that the failure of the third rail to break into smaller segments contributed to the fatalities on the train, but could not explain Brody's behavior, although it ruled out proffered explanations such as the placement of her car's gear shift lever.

Despite the report's findings, lawsuits against the town of Mount Pleasant, which maintains the road along which the grade crossing is located, Westchester County, the railroad and the engineer are proceeding. The plaintiffs all allege that despite the NTSB's findings, those parties' negligence contributed to the accident. Brody's family contends that the light on the Taconic was red for most of the time she was waiting on the grade crossing due to improper programming. The town has also proposed to close the grade crossing, per findings in the report suggesting that it was inherently unsafe, as well as another along the line within its boundaries; however, residents have opposed the plan. Metro-North's parent agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), also launched grade crossing safety awareness campaign on all the railways it operates.

Individual fires

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