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Jan 15, 2013 6:14 PM by KXLF

Butte history class hosts anniversary memorial for warehouse explosion of 1895

Today is the 118th anniversary of one of the Butte's first tragedies. On Jan. 15, 1895 more than 50 lives were lost in the Kenyon-Connell Warehouse Explosion. Butte-Silver Bow firefighters and civilians that gathered to help were harmed.

Tonight the Adult Butte History Class invites the community to the Butte Depot. A short lecture will be given on the events leading up to the explosion, according to Chris Fisk, instructor of the Adult Butte History Class. Students will give tours of the explosion site. The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department will be there to answer questions and interact with the public.

This is the first modern memorial service held in honor of the victims of the explosion, according to Fisk.
There is no plaque or sign today that commemorates this tragedy.

"By doing things like this and memorializing those that gave their lives, the fireman, the volunteer firemen, and the citizens of Butte, maybe someday we can get something put up there," Fisk said. "It certainly should be there."

"It's our duty from this point on into the future to always honor and respect what those members gave," Fire Chief Jeff Miller said. "They obviously made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. You can't ask for anybody to do anything more in this line of work."

The event will begin at 7p.m. at the Butte Depot. Doors will open at 6p.m.

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