Moose Lake Remembers Fires of 1918 Victims

By KBJR News 1

October 13, 2012 Updated Oct 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM CDT

Moose Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hundreds of people who were lost in the Fires of 1918 were remembered at a commemoration ceremony.

The fire of 1918 was the largest natural disaster in Minnesota history and the 2nd largest disaster in the nation.

The fire caused more than 450 deaths in 5 counties.

More than 4,00o homes and 35 towns burned in about 1,500 square miles.

Because so many were off battling during WWI, it's often called the forgotten fire.

Organizers at the annual ceremony on Saturday asked anyone with fire artifacts or stories about that devastating time, to donate to the museum.

"It doesn't have to be a donation, but just information that people might have found through relatives or things that have been put away that you may never have realized how important it would be to a fire story,” Dean Paulson, President of the Moose Lake Historical Society said.

Anyone who would like to donate should contact the Moose Lake Historical Society.

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