Metz, MI Perish Fleeing From Fire, Oct 1908
DIE IN FIRE FROM WHICH THEY FLED.
TRAIN LOAD OF REFUGEES FROM BURNING VILLAGE IN MICHIGAN WRECKED BY BURNED OUT CULVERT.
SCORE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN PERISH.
Alpena, Mich., Oct. 16. -- With fairly accurate reports available this afternoon on last night's wreck horror on the Detroit and Mackinac railroad when a relief train carrying fire refugees from Metz was wrecked and burned, the death list of persons on the train stands at fourteen with two more people burned to death in their home beside the track at the point where the wreck occurred.
Fireman ARTHUR LEE, Alpena.
Brakeman WILLIAM BARRETT, Alpena.
MRS. GEORGE CICERO, of Metz, and three children.
MRS. JOHN KONIECZNY, of Metz, and three children.
MRS. EDWARD HARDIES, of Metz, and three children.
JOHN NOWICKI, JR., and MRS. JOHN NOWICKI, JR.
The NOWICKIS' lived beside the railroad track at the siding where the wreck occurred and were burned to death in their homes.
Many of the passengers on the train were badly bruised, cut and burned. They are straggling into the village of Posen between here and the scene of the wreck.
Meager Details Of Horror.
Alpena, Mich., Oct. 16. -- Nearly a score of refugees from the fire swept village of Metz, twenty five miles north of this city, on the Detroit and Mackinac railway, are known to have been burned to death between Metz and the village of Posen last night, when their relief train was wrecked by a burned out culvert. Details are still lacking and reports are coming in very slowly as a result of the destruction of wires and poles by the fierce forest fires, but it is known from Millersburg that fifteen burned skulls have been found in the ruins of the relief train and that the fireman was burned to death in the water tank of his locomotive, where he had taken refuge.
Number Of Refugees Unknown.
It is not yet definitely known how many persons were aboard the relief train when it pulled out of Metz last night, nor whether any of the refugees except the two Irishmen, who have arrived at Posen, escaped with their lives. The information received from Millersburg told only that the skulls had been found in the wreck and that Conductor KINVILLE and Engineer FOSTER escaped from the burning train by crawling along the tracks on their hands and knees with the forests on either side roaring furnaces.
Conductor KINVILLE is reported to be blind from his burns, but FOSTER is reported to be not seriously injured. There are rumors, vague and unsatisfactory, that others escaped with the two trainmen, but up to noon they can neither be confirmed or denied.
Fires Burst Out Afresh.
The forest fires above Alpena, in Presque Isle county, suddenly became threatening yesterday, after it was thought that the heavy rains early in the month had extinguished them. They spread rapidly and were soon menacing a number of towns along the line of the Detroit and Mackinac railroad.