Thursday, January 5, 2017

BUTTE - 1895


On Jan. 15, 1895, a series of powder explosions ripped through the warehouse district of Butte, Montana, killing 57 people - including 13 of the city's 15 firefighters.

Box 72 was transmitted just before 10 p.m., an alarm station that would become known as "Fateful Box 72," according to the
City and County of Butte-Silver Bow.

A dispatch to The Denver News said: "There were three separate explosions, the first two breaking nearly every window in a radius of two miles. Men and women were mowed down like grass before a sickle."


Of the two firefighters who survived, 
John Flannery was at the hydrant and Dave Magee, the driver, was shielded by his team.

A fire horse named Jim also survived.

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