Five Hundred Dead and Millions of Dollars Loss in Forest Fires
Over five hundred persons have lost their lives and the property loss will mount into the millions of dollars in the forest fires that have swept over huge areas in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota the week of October 13. The bodies of 75 victims were in Duluth, Minn., morgues. Hundreds more along the roads leading to Duluth and Superior lay where they fell when overtaken by the fire. Twelve thousand homeless and penniless refugees, all in need, more or less, of medical attention, were quartered in hospitals, churches, schools, private houses and in the armory at Duluth, while doctors and nurses, sent from surrounding communities, attend them, and nearly every able-bodied man in the city has been conscripted to fight the flames, which now are reported to be dying away. Over virtually every foot of the district swept by the forest fires the devastation is complete, and the few farm buildings left standing in practically 10,000 square miles of northern Minnesota mark the freaks of the flames. Twenty-one towns totally or partly destroyed are: Cloquet, Moose Lake, Kettle River, Lawler, Adolph, Monger. Five Corners, Harney, Grand Lake, Maple Grove, Twig, Barnum, Mathews, Atkinson, French River, Clifton, Carleton. Rrookston, Brevator, Pike Lake, and Pine Hill. The fire loss to the city of Duluth is estimated at $750,000, nearly 100 buildings having been destroyed by flames which started in suburban districts from sparks.