Chief Burnett, Des Moines, Dead
Chief Will Burnett, Des Moines, Ia., seventy-seven-year-old department head, died at the Iowa Methodist Hospital on March 27, as the result of severe burns received while fighting a fire in the Sheuerman Woolen Mills warehouse on the previous day.
Chief Burnett and Capt. Fisher were on the second floor of the warehouse investigating the extent of the fire they had believed they had almost extingguished. It is thought that flames swept up a ventilator shaft and ignited the powder-like bales of loose cotton. Fire had started on the ground floor, leased to federal authorities for the storage of goods used in the woolen mill projects.
Chief Burnett was severely burned about the face, arms and back, and was removed from the building in a critical condition.
He went to Des Moines with his parents when he was eleven years old.
He started off in the Fire Department in 1895 as Assistant Chief and was made Chief one year later.
Among those who attended the funeral, which was held at Dunn’s Funeral Home, Des Moines, on March 29, were the following Chiefs : Geo. Kellogg, Sioux City. Ia.; Albert Krenz, Clinton, Ia.; Daniel H. Shire, Mason City, Ia.; H. J. Callahan, Ft. Dodge, Ia.; L. R. Morris, Ames, Ia.; Wm. A. West, Boone, Ia.; E. P. Kohout, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; M. H. Gunderson, Oelwein, Ia.; Earl Byers, Belle Plaine, Ia.; Harold Stanton, Storm Lake, Ia.; J. C. Dobson, Keokuk, Ia.; Wm. Grote, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Carl Homaiin, Waverly, Ia.: Ray Tiller, Waterloo, Ia.; August G. Schmidt, Rock Island, I11.; Asst. Chief Henry Ulcen, Davenport, Ia.; Paul A. Sohner, Secretary, Iowa Firemen’s Association, Independence, Ia., and Glenn T. Scott, American-LaFrance and Foamite Industries, Inc., Representative, Kansas City, Mo.
Interment was at the Masonic Glendale Cemetery.