By now most of you have probably heard about the tragic fire that occurred in Cedar Riverside on New Year’s day. Fires, especially in the winter, have been eerie spectacles photographed throughout the cities’ history.
The aftermath of the fire in Cedar Riverside. Photo by Kevin Horn.
This photograph of a hotel fire in downtown St. Paul is from Larry Millett’s Strange Days, Dangerous Nights, a collection of news photographs from Minneapolis and St. Paul from the 1930’s to the 50’s.
Image from http://www.lakesnwoods.com/
Fortunately major building fires are increasingly rare. Let’s hope this is the last incident of its kind for a long time. If you would like to donate to the victims of the fire you can do so here by putting Cedar Riverside Fire Victims in the special purpose bar.
Lumber Exchange fire, 1891: