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Minneapolis, MN High School Fire, June 1913

Old North High School before Fire



Minneapolis, June 19. -- Captain JOHN GRAY died in a few hours from his injuries, Ladderman FRANK KANESKY was almost instantly killed and eight others were injured in a fire which gutted the North Side high school.
Fifty firemen were in imminent danger when a wall of the old main building fell. Fire Chief CHARLES W. RINGER, Assistant Chief SANDY HAMILTON, District Chief EDWARD THIELEN and twenty-five firemen escaped the falling wall by running from beneath it into the burning building. Twenty-five other firemen ran back from the wall, but ten of them were caught. Only the heroic work of rescuers, who dug with bare hands into the fiery bricks and concrete, prevented the death of the men who were buried beneath the tons of debris.

The Evening Tribune Albert Lea Minnesota 1913-06-19

article | by Dr. Radut