Boy Hero in Dynamite Truck Fire

Boy Hero in Dynamite Truck Fire

Harold Miller, 15. was called a hero in Saginaw, Mich., on October 27 for driving a dynamite-laden truck through a shower of sparks to safety. He and a friend discovered the truck parked 15 feet from a building in flames. A woman ran out of a nearby house and shouted to the boys that her husband, an explosives contractor, stored dynamite in the building and that the truck was also loaded with the explosives. She motioned the boys to get away.

Instead, the boys started unloading cases of dynamite, carrying them out of reach of the fire. When flames threatened the truck, Miller grabbed the keys from the contractor’s wife and drove the vehicle away just as firemen arrived. As the latter started operations, a blast blew out one of the walls of the building. Nine fire fighters were slightly injured.

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