Minneapolis, MN Business District Fire, Dec 1904

FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS.

BIG STORES ARE BURNED AND TWO FIREMEN LOSE THEIR LIVES.

LOSS, $830,000.

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 15. - In one of the fiercest fires in the history of Minneapolis Tuesday night three firemen lost their lives and property valued at $830,000 was destroyed. The entire retail business district was for a time threatened with a similar fate, and its escape was due as much to the absence of much wind as to indefatigable efforts of the fire department.
The dead are:
JACOB F. MILLER, insurance patrolman;
JOHN FELLOWS, pipeman.
FELLOWS and his mates had climbed to the fifth story of the Boutell Store and were pouring water into the Peck Building from the open windows. The situation becoming dangerous, the men sought to reach the ground. Three went down the fire escape, but FELLOWS made the fatal error of running to the elevator shaft and sliding down the cable in the belief that the lower part of the building had not yet begun to burn. He slid into a cauldron of flame and was seen no more. MILLER stumbled into the elevator shaft and fell to the basement.

The Worthington Advance Minnesota 1904-12-23