On this day in 1940...

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The Marlborough apartment-hotel burns in Minneapolis, leaving 18 dead.

Apparently caused by a burning cigarette that was discarded into a trash chute, the Minneapolis Journal calls the disaster that leaves 25 more hospitalized and four missing the "worst catastrophe in the city since the Washburn A mill exploded in 1878."

In a MinnPost story recalling the incident, eyewitness accounts recalled "nothing escaped the flames" and "several residents leapt to their deaths" because the flames spread so rapidly.

This rare footage shows the aftermath of the fire, a building that was left a charred mess in near-zero temperatures.

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