THE METZ FIRE

 

                         

 
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METZ FIRE BOOK


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The Metz Fire started in the late morning of October 15, 1908, somewhere west of Millersburg, Michigan. Driven along by gale force winds, by that night the fire had burned all the way to the Lake Huron  shoreline.

     Along the way, Millersburg, Hawks, Belknap, Hagensville, Posen, Long Rapids, Alpena, and Rogers City had all been threatened. The village of South Rogers, Bolton, Cathro, and Metz had literally been incinerated.

·         At Metz, sixteen people had died horrible, fiery deaths when a D&M relief train sent to evacuate them was derailed in a blazing inferno at Nowicki’s Siding.

·         Twenty-one other hapless souls had been claimed by the smoke and flames in Presque Isle and northern Alpena counties.

·         In the Metz area, 84 of 110 families were homeless.

·         In northern Alpena County, 50 houses, 75 barns, and 6 schools were destroyed.

·         In many areas, fires continued to smolder and burn until the first snows of the winter finally extinguished them.

Nothing better captures the horrors of the Metz Fire than the words of Pastor Ernest Thieme of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church:
Sunday, I buried, at one funeral service, ten of the members of our church who died in the fire.  It was a strange worship service, which I conducted with a loudly sobbing congregation alongside a church in ashes, conducted over open graves.  I never experienced such despair in my whole life.  At first, I could not even begin.  I leaned against a lonely standing fence post and wept, perhaps the first time since I was a child.”

 

 

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