On November 21, 1968, a fire was reported at the Yingling Chevrolet Company, located at English and Topeka, around 8:30 pm. Six minutes after responding, several firefighters were trapped when the roof suddenly collapsed, killing Fire Chief Tom McGaughey, who was celebrating his 36th wedding anniversary. Chief Inspector Merle Wells, Firefighter Dale Mishler, and Firefighter Jimmy Austin were also killed in the collapse.
This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.