Monday, 17 January 2011

A sad anniversary for the West End

If you've been past the University of Winnipeg's Ellice Avenue entrance you may have noticed tree and stone in the park across the street. It is a memorial to the nine people who died in the Haselmere Apartment fire of January 18, 1974.

In terms of loss of life, it still stands out as one of Winnipeg's most devastating fires. There was the St. Boniface College dorm fire in 1922 that killed ten and the Medway Court fire in 1943 that claimed nine. I cannot find an equal since 1974.

Two years ago I did a feature post about the fire to mark the 35th anniversary of this forgotten tragedy. If you happen to drive or stroll past today, take a moment to remember.

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