Fire and Rescue Service History - Forgotten and Famous
Thursday, October 6, 2016
EVERGLADES FERTILIZER, FLORIDA
On Jan. 13, 1969, fire broke out at the
Everglades Fertilizer Plant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and burned for three days, fueled by tons of toxic chemicals. Of the the 100 firefighters at the blaze, more than a quarter were diagnosed with cancer. "It was a witches` brew, and you had these guys inhaling it," said fire Lt. Stephen McInerny, quoted in 1990 by the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.