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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Westland Oil Fire

The Westland Oil fire occurred in July of 1947. The cause of the fire may have been attributed to “pink gas’ flowing out of one of the tanks. This was reported by someone form the Bridgeman Creamery.  Many businesses were lost in the fire besides losses incurred by Westland Oil. Those destroyed in the fire were: Mandan Creamery & Produce, Riverside Café & Tavern, Becwar & Cedarstrom Texaco and the Minot Co-op Grain Association. Badly damaged included Bridgeman Creameries, Monagin Power Equipment Co, Farmers Union Co-op Store, and Lowe’s Grocery. Four people were killed in the fire and a number were injured.

 

7 comments:

  1. The smoke from this fire was quite visible from our farm a few miles to the southeast.

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  2. one other petro fire was in 1928. the intl oil co explosion killed 2 including my wifes grandfather;
    mr hulberg . this was near the then minot farmers union elevator.

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