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Monday, February 9, 2015

Oil Related Fires

Oil Fires in Minot – In the 1900’s there were three major oil fires in the Downtown area of Minot. All three of the fires were in the same area, that being the area of Central Avenue and Third Street Northeast. In 1928 it was the International Oil Company fire, which will be discussed.  In 1942 there was another major oil/gas fire which I have no information on. And the worst of the three fires was the Westland Oil Fire in 1947 in which five people perished. Because of these three major fires, large bulk petroleum plants were ordered moved out of the city limits and strict zoning and fire prevention measures were instituted.
Oil fires will be this weeks topic for Minot Memories 

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