Deadliest hospital fires in the United States
Cleveland Clinic (Ohio)
A fire at St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, IL, in 1949, killed 74 people, both patients and staff.
May 15, 1929
Investigation report by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Ohio Inspection Bureau (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- St. Anthony Hospital (Illinois)
April 4, 1949
NFPA report on the St. Anthony fire (PDF, 386 KB)
- Mercy Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Ward (Iowa)
January 7, 1950
NFPA Quarterly report on the Mercy Hospital fire (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Disclaimer: Death tolls are based on information in NFPA’s records. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide any updated information.
Source: NFPA archive files, 1984 Fire Almanac