CLEVELAND (AP) — A Vermont professor who specializes in how stories about disasters are told is trying to make sure an Ohio school fire that killed 175 people isn’t forgotten.
Middlebury College professor Michael Newbury tells The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/2dTsfLS ) he learned about the 1908 Collinwood fire in suburban Cleveland while researching a different disaster. He concluded it had been mostly forgotten outside of Cleveland and sought to change that.
With contributions from others at Middlebury, he recently launched a website and a six-minute animated video to help keep alive the story of the tragedy, its aftermath, and the 172 children who died.
They were killed when the three-floor Lake View School burned and collapsed in less than an hour. Two teachers and a rescuer also died.
The fire’s cause was never determined.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com
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