On this day in 1918...


95 years ago today was the beginning of one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota history, with a forest fire sparking on a railroad line between Duluth and Hibbing.

The fire would burn for three days and take the cities of Cloquet, Carlton, and Moose Lake with it, as well as 35 other townships and communities. 453 people were killed over the three days, and it remains the single deadliest natural disaster in state history based on number of lives lost in a single day (October 12). Nearly 12,000 were left homeless by the fire.

The Minnesota Supreme Court later ruled that the U.S. Railroad Administration, which owned the railway lines in the area, were responsible for the damages in the area based on poor forestry practices. The Railroad Administration compensated claims at a rate of 50 percent, concluding payments in 1935.

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