Minneapolis, MN Fire, Mar 1902


MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30. - Fire to-night destroyed the six-story building occupied by the Minneapolis Paper Company and owned by J. C. Oswald & Co. The stock of the paper company, known also as Wright, Barrows & Stillwell, was consumed. The value of the contents is said to have exceeded $200,000. The total loss is $250,000.

Capt. George Smith of Engine Company No. 16 was leading a squad of men up a ladder on an adjoining structure in First Avenue, when the ladder broke, precipitating six men to the ground. Smith suffered internal injuries that may prove fatal. Firemen George Cheney and Frank Hessick were also badly hurt. The other three firemen were able to reach the City Hospital without assistance.

Several adjoining buildings were ignited, but the efforts of the entire Fire Department of Minneapolis succeeded in confining practically all of the damage to the J. C. Oswald & Co. building.

The New York Times, New York, NY 31 Oct 1902