Collinwood School Fire

(Orig. Published 9/2003)

On Ash Wednesday, March 4, 1908, Collinwood’s Lake View Elementary School became the site of the country’s worst school tragedy.  Shortly after 9:00 a.m., and while school was in session, overheated steam pipes ignited nearby wood joists.  The fire spread quickly, and roughly half of the students were unable to escape.  In the end, 172 children, 2 teachers and 1 rescuer perished in the fire. Continue reading